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.


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.


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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