Friday, January 9, 2009

Baby's first Christmas

For Porter's first Christmas, we were blessed to be able to fly out to Castle Rock, Colorado to visit Craig's mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and two neices. We had a blast! We did a ton of fun things, but our favorite part was just hanging out with the family. There were lots of games and laughter (particularly Scrabble where Craig scored and 80 point word! Woo hoo, babe!) and lots of just hanging out watching the kids love on each other. It was a great trip, and lots of great memories were made. It was probably my favorite Christmas so far because it takes on a whole new meaning when you have a little one! He had such a fun time being with his family! He was kissed a whole lot and of course was spoiled rotten.

Unfortunately Porter did not do very well in the dry air and high altitude, but he was a trooper and was happy during the day! The nights were very difficult. He was up at least every two hours, usually more, the whole time we were there. Granny helped out a lot and took him during the night a few times so I could get more than an hour's sleep at a time. That portion of the trip was a little stressful, but once we were up in the morning we were energized for a new day and had a great time, despite his 20 minute naps as well. About the eighth night I started to realize how tired I was getting! We didn't want to come home, but it sure is nice to have a sleeping baby again! We can only figure that the altitude bothered him tremendously. Who knows?

It was my first Christmas that I have ever spent away from my family, and if I had to be with anyone else, it would be Craig's family! We shopped and played and ate more than I care to admit. It was a wonderful vacation. Thanks, Mom and Dad for such a great trip, and for spoiling us rotten. We love you!

Here is our trip in pictures!

Here is Porter on the loooong flight out to Denver. He did great and was very well-behaved, but Craig and I were both saying "Are we there yet?!" We landed at the Denver airport about 2 hours before that plane crashed. Glad we missed the chaos of that, and of course that everyone is okay!
Sweet Abby and Porter sitting at the table with their new Christmas dishes from Granny.

Aunt Shannie giving Porter "I haven't seen you in three months" kisses!

Uncly Craigy and Abby girl. I think she was happy to see us, but thrilled to see Porter!
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1 comment:

Melissa said...

I have the same problems with my kids when we go out there too. It helps if you put a humidifier (sp?) in their room with them because it is so dry out there. My kids NEVER sleep well when we go there, but after 3 weeks or so they finally start getting used to it, just as we leave ;-) And, hey - at least you were done once you got to Denver - we still had another plane trip to go to get to Grand Junction!