11 Months Old!

11 months

In exactly a month, Claire will be a year old! Can you believe it!?!? I know we can’t!

As each day passes, more of her personality comes out and she continually keeps us laughing. She is so much fun to be around!

Here’s a rundown of our adorable little 11-month-old:

  • Weight: She’s a little over 18 pounds. She definitely went through a growth spurt over the last month or so and is looking so big and tall!
  • Loves:
    • To point at everything! She loves to point at pictures of us, at things she wants, and basically everything. It’s so cute!
    • To talk – she has a lot to say and I want to squeal every time she starts chatting because her little voice is almost too adorable to handle.  It’s sounding a lot more like she’s trying to say words and sentences, even though it’s still her own little language.
    • To walk around furniture while holding onto it. She’s getting better at holding a toy with one hand and holding onto the furniture with the other hand.
    • To have Mommy and Daddy help her walk around.
    • We went to our family cabin for Easter weekend and Claire LOVED to use the high chair as a walker (it has wheels) and would push it around the cabin non-stop.
    • She loves to eat grapes, cheese, and spaghetti! Those are really the only true “solids” that she eats, all other solid food is pureed.
    • She loves drinking from her new water bottle and munching on Puff snacks.
    • To give kisses.
    • To flip through (and, unfortunately, eat) board books.
    • To snuggle.
    • Going on slides. We took her on her first one last weekend and she had the time of her life.
    • Zoe, duh! Zoe is turning a year old on April 23, by the way.

11 Months Claire

  • Hates:
    • Diaper changes.
    • The nose frida. She HATES having her nose blown.
    • Being fed. She’s an independent woman and would prefer to serve herself.
  • Talents:
    • She can say “Ut Oh” and loves dropping things on the floor and saying it. It’s absolutely adorable and I can’t get enough of it. She especially loves saying it in the bathtub when dropping toys outside the tub. Her little voice is soo cute!!
    • She can take a few steps! She’s definitely not walking yet but she can walk from one couch to another (about 2 steps to get there) and, the other evening, pulled herself up to stand on me, turned around, and took 4 steps. We were so surprised that we started cheering and she sat down, got the biggest smile on her face, and giggled. She only takes a few steps maybe once a day, if that. It hasn’t become a regular occurrence yet.
    • She can stand for longer periods of time – I’ve counted up to 45 seconds at one point!
    • She understands us more – I can say “Where’s Mickey?” or “Can you give Zoe a hug?” or sing the Winnie the Pooh song and she totally responds and points to, hugs, or goes to whatever I’m talking about. She definitely knows what Zoe, hugs, Mama, Dada, milk, come here, Winnie the Pooh, and Mickey means.
    • She loves to dance! She bounces up and down and shakes her little booty.
  • Sleeping:
    • She’s still not sleeping through the night but she is doing well at going down for bed. We have a good bedtime routine that we start around 6:30ish and she’s normally asleep by 7pm. She typically wakes up around midnight and then around 5am. We’re hoping she starts sleeping through the night again but only time will tell!
    • She’s VERY particular about her sleeping arrangements. Last weekend, when we were at the family cabin, we barely got any sleep. Apparently, she doesn’t like sleeping anywhere but her own crib and does not enjoy having Mommy and Daddy sleep in the same room as her. Duly noted, little one.
  • Other Random Facts:
    • She had an ear infection for a week or so last month and it was horrible. She was in so much pain and, for a weekend, she only wanted to be held and slept on us. It was so upsetting to see her in pain but not being able to do anything about it but I would be lying if I said I didn’t love all the snuggles. Those were definitely the silver lining in the dark clouds of her first ear infection.
    • We celebrated her first Easter last weekend and had so much fun at the brunch and Easter egg hunt. They had an egg hunt for the littlest ones but, unbeknownst to Claire, the first round was unsuccessful for her. CJ placed an egg right in front of her so she could grab it and a little boy ran up and stole it right in front of her. His dad told him to give it back but he didn’t! We even have a picture of the little bandit being caught red-handed but I won’t post it here because we didn’t ask for consent from his parents (and I’m all about getting explicit consent from people before posting pictures of them or their children). Anyway, we went over to the 9-12 year old section of the Easter egg hunt which hadn’t started yet and helped Claire find her first Easter egg. That one egg made the day for her. She threw it around, chased after it, and looked like the happiest little girl in the world. Success!
Easter 2015

Family photo before Easter brunch!


Easter 2015

Holding her precious Easter egg

And that is our beautiful, sweet, spunky, opinionated, PERFECT 11-month-old. Every moment may not be filled with giggles, but it is filled with love and awe for the beautiful gift that we have in a daughter. It’s amazing to think how much our lives have changed in the last 11 months and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the future. One things for sure, it will definitely be an adventure!

Soaking it in

I wrote this on March 11 and forgot to post it… oops!

Jan 10

Yesterday, I was riding BART into San Francisco for a work conference and I saw a sweet little girl sitting on her mom’s lap. She was maybe a year and a half old and was playing with the people sitting in the row behind them. Watching her made me miss Claire, even though I had just parted with her 30 minutes prior, and even more so, it made me so sad. Even though that girl was probably 6 months older than Claire, I started mourning the day when Claire will no longer be a little baby. I am so deeply in love with Claire and especially the stage she’s at right now. One thing that parenthood has taught me is that there are some things that are just not in my control. No matter what I do, the world will keep spinning and time will keep moving. I can’t stop time. I can’t change the fact that Claire will continue to get older and that someday, I won’t be able to carry her around and snuggle with her and give her a million kisses without her rolling her eyes. I talk about this all the time to people, about how I’m sad that Claire is getting older and I always hear the same response, especially from fellow Mommys:

Enjoy this time.
Every stage has its fun parts.
Just wait until she starts talking.
Be present and soak up your time with her now before she gets older.
She will always be your baby.
Blah blah blah

I get it, you are trying to make me feel better. But it’s not really working people. The truth of the matter is, I am soaking up my time with her. I’m snuggling her, kissing her, laying on the floor and playing with her, every chance I get. I am enjoying this time maybe too much because I’m already getting choked up with this thought of this time passing. I’m having a hard time accepting the fact that she won’t be this age forever. I see little kids everywhere and think to myself, Claire’s going to be this age someday and she won’t be my little baby. And yes, I know, she’ll always be my baby even if she’s not small enough to be carried around. But does anyone else understand what I’m saying!?! I can barely write this post without crying. I just love her so much it hurts. She’s so cute, so sweet, so loving, so spunky, so everything. CJ and I are forever grateful for the honor of being her parents. We are so proud.

10 Months Old!

Claire 10 Months

Today Claire is officially 10 months old! The past month has been quite eventful for Claire – she now has 4 more teeth (for a total of 6), enjoys eating solid food (woohoo!), and laughs all the time (finally!!!!).

Here’s a summary of 10 month old Claire:

  • Weight: We think she might be around 17 or 18 pounds. She’s been growing slowly the past few months because she’s so incredibly active and burns calories like it’s no one’s business. Now that she’s been more consistent with her solid food eating, we think she’s gained more weight. We’re going to schedule a nurse visit in the next couple of weeks to check in on her weight (suggested by the doctor at her 9 months visit – not because he was concerned but because he could tell we were interested in making sure she is gaining enough weight).
Hugs for Zoe

Hugs for Zoe

  • Loves:
    • To give her stuffed animals and Zoe hugs. It’s sooooo adorable!
    • When we hold her like an airplane, and run around to chase Zoe. She giggles like crazy.
    • Being tickled. Well, I’m not positive she loves it but she does giggle!
    • A few of her stuffed animals:
      • A little pink bear that came with a bouquet of flowers from one of her aunties when she was born. This bear is her first love in the stuffed animal world. She grabs it, holds it up to her cheek like she’s hugging it, and scoots around in circles. It’s SO adorable.
      • She also loves her new Winnie the Pooh bear. She gives him bigs hugs and rolls around on the ground with him.
      • And lastly, a singing dog from her grandpa which, when the music comes on, she bounces up and down out of excitement and then gives her a hug.
    • Eating solid food now and she enjoys our homemade baby food now! Score! We were beginning to think there was something wrong with our cooking but, it turns out, she just has high standards. 🙂
    • Laughing and giggling all the time. Sometimes, she’ll just crawl around the house at warp speed and giggle non-stop.
    • A farm animal toy set. She loves shaking all the pieces out of the bucket and then putting them in her mouth. She also gets so excited when it starts playing music.
    • To drop things on the floor on purpose, especially when in her high chair. Zoe has learned that this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship. 😉
    • To sit on her knees. She’ll also lift up one leg to prop herself up (like she’s about to propose).
    • Pulling herself up to stand on Zoe’s food container and banging on it like it’s a drum set. She starts giggling and smiling huge. She’ll also, while standing, transfer herself over to the oven (which is right next to the food container) and slap both hands on the oven over and over again because she can see her reflection. For all you worrywarts out there, the oven is off when this happens.
    • Getting her teeth brushed!
    • Walking around with assistance (we hold her hands)
Hugging Pooh Bear

Hugs for Winnie the Pooh

  • Hates:
    • When things are taken away from her. She screams REALLY loud, briefly, to let us know it’s not okay.
  • Talents:
    • She finally thinks Mommy and Daddy are funny! We’re now in the cool kids club with Zoe, since Zoe was her only form of comedy for the past few months.
    • She babbles all the time now and is quite talkative. She can also say “Mama” and “Dada”. We swear that she’s close to saying “Duck” but we might be imagining it.
    • She can do the sign language for milk. It’s sooo awesome for her to have that talent because we now know exactly when she wants me to nurse her.
    • She understands what we’re saying more and more. When she picks something off of the floor, we’ll ask her what she has in her hands and she quickly crawls off so she can keep it. She’s a sneaky little one. She also knows when I say milk and does not appreciate it when I say it and do not immediately nurse.
    • She can stand on her own for 2, 3, maybe 4 seconds. Once she realizes she is, she lowers herself down and crawls off. We think she’s quite content with crawling everywhere for the time being.
  • Sleeping:
    • She is a pro at sleeping now! She’ll go down to sleep for naps and for the night without a fight (okay, maybe once in a while she complains for a few minutes). We have the perfect routine for bedtime which I think has made things so much easier too. We feed her about 4 ounces of solid food, give her a bath, put her in her PJs and sleep sack, I nurse her, and then I put her down in her crib. Sometimes she’s awake, sometimes she’s already asleep, but either way she stays asleep until the morning… most of the time. There are a few occasions where she’s woken up in the middle of the night but it’s not too frequent.
  • Other Random Facts:
    • When she’s focusing on something, she likes to stick out her tongue. It’s hilarious!
    • We took her in a shopping cart for the first time today in Costco and then in Safeway. She had a BLAST!!! She even bounced and danced a little in Costco because she was so excited.
    • She’s slowly growing more hair!
    • Her top two teeth came in a few weeks ago and they have a huge gap in between each other. It’s SO adorable when she smiles. The two bordering those teeth came in a week or so later. The first time she bit into one of her puffs and realized she has her top teeth, she looked so surprised.

Claire February 25

And that’s a little bit about our adorable bundle of joy. She brings a smile to everyone’s face, especially ours. We love her so so much and are loving our moments shared together as a family.

If you made it to end of this post, I’m impressed! I clearly have a lot to say about Claire.

Baby Essentials Part 2

I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite a while so I’m quite proud of myself for finally getting around to it! As Claire grows, our must haves change but these have definitely been our favorites for a while and we highly recommend them.


Kiinde Bottle Warmer: This thing is a lifesaver. For the longest time, we would thaw my breastmilk in water that was warmed up either in a pot or a bowl that was microwaved and then we’d have to stand there swirling the breastmilk bag until it was done. That was so inconvenient and not ideal when Claire is hungry and can see the milk in front of her but can’t have it. With this, you can still safely heat the milk in warm water that swirls around the bag or bottle but you can leave and do other things while it’s happening. Sooo convenient for us and I’m sure our nanny appreciates it. 😉

Grass Dryer: Love this! CJ bought this one day from Target way back when and we’ve loved having a dedicated area for Claire’s bottles and other food supplies to dry. It helps that it’s cute too. 🙂

Tinybeans app: I use this at least 5 times a day (seeing as how I’m Claire’s paparazzi) and love that it sends out daily emails to our family and friends with updates. Our family loves it because, although they can’t see Claire every day, they can see her virtually and can watch her grow. It’s especially nice for the less tech savvy family members because all they have to do is check their email! No logging into a website.

Banana teething brush: She loves chewing on this when she’s teething! It’s too cute to see her nomming on something that looks like a mini-banana.

Comotomo bottle: I’m soo happy we bought this bottle. Claire was not the biggest fan of our old bottles because the milk didn’t come out fast enough but this one is the closest I’ve found to an actual breast and Claire can squeeze it to make the milk come out faster. She’s a happy camper now.

Bath tub: Like I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, she hated baths for the longest time… until we got this bathtub! She’s a little princess in her luxury bathtub and she loves every minute of it.

Sippy cup with straw: We had a traditional sippy cup for a while which she loved playing with but she didn’t get much water out of it and I think she saw it more as a toy than anything. The new one with a straw gives her much more water and she loves it! Another cool thing about it is the straw is weighted so she can drink it from any angle. Super smart idea!

Waterproof changing pad liner: I hated staining the pretty changing pad cover we had so these have been wonderful. They don’t detract from the design of the room but prevent stains.

Seahorse: This one is less useful now but we were so dependent on this for a couple of months when we were trying to get Claire used to sleeping in her crib. It glows and plays soothing music and Claire used to roll around with it until it turned off. Once it turned off, she went to sleep. Score!

Snail wooden toy: This is one of her favorite toys right now! She loves eating the string on it but also loves crawling around while holding the string and dragging it behind her.

For Baby Essentials Part 1, click here.

Last Weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I know we did. It was a perfect weekend of relaxation with nothing specific on our agendas but spending time together. We were able to go to the gym, walk around downtown Walnut Creek (which we have deeply missed doing since moving away from there), run errands, clean the house, spend time in the park, and just be together.

It was one of my favorite kinds of weekends – where we’re not running from one thing to the next. Where we’re not rushing to get out of the house in a certain amount of time. And where we could just enjoy the day and the weekend as a family.

Things will probably slowly get busier as we approach Claire’s first birthday in May so I will savor every moment we get together to just relax.

March 1

March 1 Civic


9 Months Old!


I can’t believe that Claire is going to be a year old in three months! It’s a very weird feeling – to feel like time is going by so quickly but, at the same time, like Claire has been here forever. We fall more in love with her every day and are so entertained by her silly personality.

Claire had her first cold right after she turned 8 months old for 3 weeks or so. She had a constant runny nose, big cough, and a fever. We even called the on-call doctor one evening because she had a 102.4 fever and we were freaking out after she threw up twice. She ended up being okay and we are so happy she’s feeling better.

Here’s a rundown of 9 month old Claire:

  • Weight: We’ll find out on Friday! Last time she was weighed, which was about 2 weeks ago, she was 16 1/2 pounds. She is a petite little one!
  • Loves:
    • Snuggling.
    • Exploring everywhere.
    • She’s going through a mommy phase, so she prefers that I hold her at all times.
    • Fruit purees.
    • To wave with her thumb – she holds her arm and hand up and just wiggles her thumb back and forth to wave. It’s hilarious.
    • Zoe! They’re best friends and are the cutest pair.
    • Playing with her wooden snail from Nana and Papa.


jan 30

  • Hates:
    • Vegetables… she gets so angry when we try to feed her any vegetables. She’s definitely a fan of the sweeter foods.
    • Being separated from Mommy and Daddy. She wants to be near us at all times. We would describe her as independent within a certain radius. As long as she can see us, she’s super independent. But we have to be within a comfortable distance for her.
  • Talents:
    • Falling asleep while standing up. Sometimes she fights going to sleep so much that she’ll stand up holding onto the side of the crib and eventually, her exhaustion overcomes her and she falls asleep… literally standing up and resting her head on the side of the crib. Once she’s in a deeper sleep, she’ll slump down but it’s pretty hilarious to see on the baby monitor.
    • Once in a while, she’ll briefly let go of what she’s holding onto and can stand on her own for a couple of seconds. I suspect that she can stand on her own, she just chooses not to. She’s too interested in being mobile to focus on her balance so she’s not quite ready to walk on her own yet.
    • Can feed herself, on her own, from a bottle
    • Can drink from a straw! We bought a new cup for her that has a straw and she loves drinking water from it because she can get much more liquid at once.
    • She can play fetch with Zoe… sort of. She holds the ball up and drops it and Zoe will grab it when it rolls away. It’s so cute to see them playing together!

claire and zoe

  • Sleeping:
    • Now that she’s not sick anymore, she’s sleeping through the night again. Woohoo! She’s been going to sleep much earlier now that she’s down to 1-2 naps a day. She goes down around 6:30-7pm and normally wakes up between 5-6am.
  • Other Random Facts:
    • Her two top teeth are coming in and we might see a third up there coming in too. I’m excited but sad because I’m going to miss her toothless grin. Or her two tooth grin. 🙂
    • Her hair is growing! We love seeing her bed head in the morning.

happy girl


And there you have it! I really cannot get enough of her and miss her every moment that I’m not with her. We still can’t believe we made such a beautiful and perfect little girl.

Next up, we’ll be focusing on planning her birthday party in May. 🙂

Little Forever

sleeping beauty

Yesterday was a day of firsts for Claire. I got so emotional that I found myself crying on my way home from the gym just thinking about how we’re watching our little baby disappear and grow into a little girl. I remember when she turned 6 months old and crying because she was growing up too fast. Well, here I go again just a few days shy of her turning 9 months old. I didn’t know it was possible to fall more in love with her but it’s happening and it’s overwhelming in the best way.

I left for work in the morning and, lately when I leave for work, she sees me exiting the house and starts crying and takes quite a while to calm down. Yesterday, she realized I was leaving and started fussing, so I leaned in to give her a kiss and tell her I love her and she gave me a hug. When I stepped away, she seemed content with the hug she just got and stopped fussing. My heart could have burst right there from that little hug. Then when I got home from work last evening, she immediately started crying when she heard the keys in the front door and when she saw me all she wanted was mommy. I picked her up and she did a little dance in my arms that she always does when she’s excited. Then, she gave me a kiss for the very first time. She gets a million kisses from CJ and I and once in a while opens her mouth or sticks out her tongue when it happens. But this time was different, this time she legitimately kissed me and I almost melted on the floor.

I will never ever be able to put into words how I feel for her. I actually don’t think words exist that can explain the feeling. All I know is that I fall more in love with her every day and can’t get enough of her. She is the best.

Please stay little forever, my beautiful angel. There will never be enough time for snuggles, hugs, kisses, and the sweet moments that make my heart melt.


Office Progress (Finally!!)

We’ve finally moved forward with making changes to the office and we are so excited! The office wasn’t horrible before but wasn’t entirely useful for what we needed in an office. The furniture was what I used in college and was great for one person, not so great for two people. There wasn’t enough storage and we constantly had stuff stacking up on the desktop, the top of the bookcase, and worst of all, the floor. Barf. I hate clutter and hate disorganization so I was not a happy camper walking past that room and especially using the room when working from home.

We did a lot of research seeing what kind of double desk options were out there and what would work best for us. For me, my top requirement was having storage and enough desk space for the two of us. For CJ, his top requirement was enough desk space. We also wanted something affordable. So, as much as I’d love a Pottery Barn office, our wallet would not.

After our research, these are the offices that inspired us the most:

DIY Desk Top – IKEA Hack from Icing on the Cake Blog

Double Workspace – The Share Space

Double Desk – Young House Love Blog

So, we’re kind of doing a hybrid of all of them. We are doing the DIY desk top in the first photo (CJ is did an amazing job building it!!), the drawers in the second one, and it will end up having a similar look as the third one when finished because we won’t have open shelves. I really love the dual cork board and shelf look in the second one too but we’re still undecided on whether or not we’ll do that. Our walls have a funky texture so we always seem to have a lot of trouble finding studs in the wall to hang stuff on. I also have computer monitors so that would require the cork boards to be hung pretty high up… not sure if I would like that. It would be a nice way to define the space though.

We also bought a white bookcase and a white filing cabinet for the office for more storage. It’s going to be such a huge relief to have all the stray documents put in their final resting place. Just thinking about having everything filed away is making me do a little jig of excitement.

We just set up all the furniture and are currently in the midst of organizing everything. Stay tuned for the reveal.

8 Months Old!


With how fast time is flying by, I have a feeling that in the blink of an eye, Claire will be turning 1. I wish there was some way to slow down time and to keep her little for just a bit longer. Every morning when she wakes up, I feel like she visibly looks older and I’m reminded how important it is to be present in every moment with her because before I know it, we’ll be looking at colleges. Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic. 🙂

This past month was really a whirlwind of events, traveling, holidays, and really seeing Claire’s personality come out in full force. She is definitely a girl who knows what she wants and is so incredibly active. She’s so happy, sassy, and full of energy . I really have no idea where she could have gotten her opinionated personality from! 😉

Claire 8 Months

Here’s the rundown of Claire at 8 months old:

  • Weight: No idea… but I definitely know she’s growing!
  • Loves:
    • To chew on pillow corners.
    • To babble and talk. It’s the cutest noise in the whole world.
    • To eat any remote control in sight.
    • To scream at the top of her lungs. It’s a happy scream but it’s quite loud. She definitely has mastered the range of noises that her vocal chords can make.
    • To flap her arms when she gets excited. It almost looks like she’s going to take off.
    • To walk around with mommy and daddy’s help. She gets the biggest smile on her face.
    • To crawl all over. She’s quite the active little one and definitely keeps us busy!
    • Her Papa (my dad). She is absolutely mesmerized by him and has a huge smile whenever he’s around.
    • To stand up on anything and everything. When she gets excited (for example, when we “teach her how to drive”), she stiffens her entire body and grunts. It’s too funny to watch.
    • To stick out her tongue.
    • When we give her hugs.
  • Hates:
    • Diaper changes. She tries to roll over the entire time we’re doing it.
    • When we take things away with her that she wanted to play with – Zoe’s toys… cords… remotes… you know, all the fun stuff in her mind.
    • She’s not the biggest fan of the car anymore. She’ll still fall asleep pretty quickly but she’s more likely to fight being in the car lately.
  • Talents:
    • For a week or two, I could say “1…2…3…say cheese!!” and she would turn and give me a big chessy grin. She would only do it for me but I think once people got wind of this talent and they tried it for themselves with Claire, it lost it’s novelty for her and so she’s stopped doing it. We’re back to square one with trying everything possible to get her to smile for a photo.
  • Sleeping:
    • She’s down to 1 or 2 naps a day. It happened all of a sudden on New Years Eve and she’s been doing it ever since. It’s amazing how quickly the routine can change!
  • Other Random Facts:
    • She’s getting more hair!! Now, she can legitimately have bed head when she wakes up in the morning.
    • She’s been on a total of 8 planes in her lifetime now – so basically she’s a pro at traveling. The last plane we were on had the worst turbulence I’ve ever been experienced in my life (I flew up an inch or two in my seat at one point and, yes, I was buckled in just loosely) but, Claire, no big deal for her. She didn’t seem phased at all.
    • She’s very independent but wants mommy or daddy nearby at all times.
    • She is more willing to eat food and we got a baby food maker for Christmas! Our first batch wasn’t the biggest hit with her but we are going to keep trying. We are SO excited to make food for her. As far as what foods she loves at this point – pears, apples, strawberries, bananas, spinach, and she loves this pear, cinnamon, and oatmeal mixture as well as a strawberry, bananas and peaches mixture. We’ve fed her more than just those foods but those ones she seems to get excited about.
    • She has the best giggle in the entire world, just saying.

And to close out this post, here are a few of my favorite photos of her from the past few days.


Dec 31 Standing

Jan 2 2015 Pink Bunny


2014-12-29 Claire Cheeseball

Her ultimate cheesy grin


New Years Day 2015

Claire’s First Christmas

Claire’s first Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye. I really don’t know where December went but somehow it’s already gone and we’re onto another year. If I had to describe her first Christmas in one word, I would say: perfect.

Since buying our first home, we’ve started the tradition of having Christmas Eve at my parents’ house and Christmas Day at our house. Now that Claire is here, it’s even more important to us to start traditions at our home so Claire can have those memories to look back on.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day was so wonderful – the whole day was relaxing, fun, and memorable. Claire loved each and every one of her gifts and took the time to put each item in her mouth to show her appreciation. She especially loved sampling the plethora of wrapping paper, bows, boxes and tissue paper. What a selection she had! We were so delighted with how interested in the present opening process she was. After a relaxing morning and afternoon, we started cooking for dinner and got ready for my parents to join us. The meal turned out amazing and we’ve decided to continue the new tradition of roasting a New York strip for the main dish. So yummy! Dessert was also delicious (thanks Mom for the apple pear crisp!)! We concluded the night with a fun game of Cards Against Humanity. I wish I could live this Christmas over and over again because it was so wonderful to experience the magic through Claire’s eyes.

We also had a belated Christmas celebration with our Southern California family which was also fun! Claire got to meet more of her family members, sit in a real high chair for the first time (we have one at home but it’s a cushy one versus the ones you typically see at a restaurant), enjoy the fun Christmas decorations at Grandma’s, and get the grand tour of her Grandpa’s work. It really was a great visit!

I’m sad Christmas is already over but am already looking forward to the festivities next year!