Christmas this year at the Larkin house was even more special because we got to share it with the most amazing little boy ever. Of course, he had no idea what was going on, but it was fun for us.
He got several nice toys from his Nanna and Poppa, and from his great-grandmother Violet. Grandpa got him a UGA pillow pal and a couple of new UGA t-shirts. We got him some small stuff like rattles and teethers, but we all tried really hard not to go overboard with gifts. He's still too young for most toys, but he will be ready for them in another couple of months. He did seem interested in the noises and bright colors, so maybe he will really enjoy playing with them soon.
This Christmas was also a little bittersweet. Taylor's mom, Miriam, always loved Christmas. This was our first one without her. However, last Christmas she gave all three boys two of those recordable storybooks from Hallmark. One came with instructions to open it on their first Christmas Eve as a family. So on Christmas Eve, we opened our book as instructed, and Noah got to hear his grandmother's voice. Of course there were tears, but it's such a sweet thing to have. Now we can bring that out every year and tell Noah about her, and how she's up in Heaven watching over him all the time.