christmas overview

Here it is the end of New Year’s Day, and I’m eager to share some of our Christmas family time before I go back to work in the morning.

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But first — a quick look at what happened in Virginia right before we all gathered in Arizona. Ben had flown there from Michigan to be the godfather of Avery at her baptism.

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Here’s the proud daddy with Avery.

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The Carlson family shared a VRBO (vacation rental by owner) with Mauri and me, or the other way around. It was quite a satisfactory arrangement, especially having the littles readily available to their Gus and Gum. We like their parents too, of course. Don’t be confused, though; that’s Quinn holding Avery, which means I have Emery.

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Mauri got in the act too, holding or feeding or entertaining one of the girls. Here he’s teaching Emery some keyboard skills on Declan’s iPad.

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I might be choosing some favorite pictures, so of course this one of Quinn with her baby made the cut.

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Ben treated us to a Suns game. They owned the third quarter but still lost by seven. We did some mighty cheering though from our vantage.

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We might not have made the kiss cam, but we had a perfect view of this birthday message, several months early for our Quinn.

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Christmas Eve at Redemption Gateway, the Andersons’ church. The music rocked, but neither baby made a peep throughout the message. Cousins here! Three Andersons hold three Carlsons. Declan might have been a little overwrought from being in childcare.

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Beth always appreciates having an extra set of arms to help out.

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Dusty pulled out something from the bag of entertainment that goes with the Andersons to their Sunday night assignment of caring for the Walkers class.

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That was followed by a long jump with cousin Cassidy on her trampoline. It was easy to get a smiling picture of Declan here!

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Christmas night, all the cooking and eating accomplished, with time to enjoy the afterglow. Love those high feet!

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Uncle Ben with “his” baby.

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Cass shows Declan the neighbor’s over-the-top lights display.

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Issy Bear (a.k.a. IB) found a friend.

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More of the babies. If you knew how many pictures I have of them, you’d be able to appreciate my restraint.

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The day after Christmas we enjoyed a family photoshoot with our friend Taylor Finkbeiner at San Tan Mountain Regional Park. You might guess I’ll inundate you with family pictures in the days to come.

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Ben was in the photoshoot but he obliged me with a photoshoot of his very own in the Andersons’ backyard.

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Time to say goodbye to these dear ones. Of course they sent us off with a white-hanky farewell. Till we meet again!

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