Man! This last week and a half or so has zipped by! I took a little break from updating my blog and the internet in general to spend my time catching up with family and a couple of friends visiting from France. We've been having such a good time that I barely remembered to browse through my overflowing inbox each day. It's been a nice change of pace, but now that the holidays are over and Gui's vacation time is coming to an end, it's time to get back to our regular routines - including a little update for everyone we missed seeing this year.
Christmas was so much fun with Avienne and all her cousins opening presents together for the first time ever, made even better by the delicious food my mom and stepdad served up to all 11 of us while we completely took over their house for four days. Avienne, not surprisingly, mostly enjoyed all the paper-tearing that came with opening gifts, and although Gui and I kept her presents simple (books and a stuffed toy), her first Christmas was generously filled with toys, big and small from the rest of the family (and Santa, of course).
We missed having a really cold Christmas this year, but when the temperatures finally started falling a few days later, Gui and I took full advantage and spent as much time as we could spare in front of our cozy fireplace. The warm hearth also proved to be the perfect accessory for our at-home New Year's Eve which was spent with some really sweet friends who we hadn't seen since we left France nearly two years ago [two years ago!! I can't believe it's already nearing 2 years!! Seriously can not believe.].
To ring in 2013, we stayed in, grubbed on foie gras, salmon, charcuterie, cheese and champagne, roasted marshmallows for s'mores-making and played a Settlers of Catan marathon. When the midnight struck, we toasted to a perfect year passed, and I kissed my sweet husband and darling daughter while wishing for another beautiful year to spend with them. Let me tell you, it was one of the best New Year's Eves I can remember having, and I feel pretty lucky to have had some crazy-amazing folks to celebrate with. I hope y'all had a fun one, too! Cheers!