Isla’s First Christmas

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Christmas for us usually kicks off with a Christmas Eve gathering with the DeRoche side of the family in Wrentham or Glocester. This year we went to my Auntie Nancy’s gorgeous house in Wrentham. My mom’s side of the family is on the large side. There were 24 of us in attendance this year! It is usually a bit chaotic but in the best way possible. I love catching up with my aunts, uncles and cousins that I don’t get to see nearly as much as I would like to.

Isla had met my grandparents and a few aunts, but she had a lot of new people to meet this year and was definitely in the center of attention! I always find Christmas Eve so exciting and magical, but this year was even better with our daughter there. I found myself picturing future Christmases when she will be running around with excitement like my nephews were this year!

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Isla with Auntie Hannah
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“Sisters. Sisters. There were never such devoted sisters.”

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Aunties!
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The Sette Ladies
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4 Generations – Great Grandma, Grandma, Mommy, & Isla

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Admiring handsome uncle Matt

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The Purdue Children – Joseph, Madeleine, & William (with Chloe)

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Sam, Ben and Brennan
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Brady and Maddy join the cousin fun!

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The best early Christmas gift ever!
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Quiet moment with Daddy
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Cutie-pie!
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Goofy Uncle Matt

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Staring at Great-Grandfather
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Spending some time with Poppi
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Taking a nap on Great “Auntie Shell”

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With Great Auntie Nancy – our lovely Christmas Eve hostess!

After all the festivities, we headed to Grandma and Poppi’s to get some sleep and await Santa’s arrival. On Christmas morning we were up bright and early to head to the Grammie and Grandpa Woulfe’s!

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We arrived at Grammie and Grandpa’s and cousin Parker was still sleeping so we spent some time in the living room by the cozy wood stove as we waited for her to wake up. We also enjoyed some of Grammie’s tasty homemade orange and cinnamon rolls.

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Snoozing on Auntie Elle. Shep was also in a snuggly mood. Or he was jealous and in need of attention.

Once Parker was up we went to the solarium to exchange gifts. Last year Parker hung out in her bouncy seat. It was so fun to watch her excitement this year! Isla will be right there with her next year. I think Santa was very good to both Isla and Parker!

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Check out that sweet bike!
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Spending time with Grammie

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So sweet – Auntie Kristen with her nieces

After a fun Christmas morning and a delicious turkey dinner (Woulfe tradition!), we headed back to the Sette homestead for more Christmas cheer with the Printer and Norris clans.

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Cousin Donald finally worked up the courage to hold Isla.
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Annual cousins shot with Papa

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Where’s Isla?

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My dad had a bottle of 1985 Dom Perignon that he had received the bottle to celebrate a work-related happening back in his pharmaceutical days. Before popping the bubbly, he gave a very nice speech about how he had been saving the bottle for a special occasion but had never opened it. This year, he realized there were many special things to celebrate, so what better time to share it than now while we were all together? Some of the special things we had to celebrate were 30+ years of marriage for my parents, marriage and a new baby for Erik and I, new jobs, a  house and 2 beautiful boys for Mik and Matt, a college graduation and new job for Hannah. My parents have done a pretty good job raising us girls!

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Cheers!

The day after Christmas we headed back north to see some of my dearest friends from high school. We try and get together every Christmas while we are all nearby. Crystal hosted this year and we also celebrated Lindsay’s upcoming 30th birthday. As usual, we had a lot of laughs and a really fun evening! I wish we all lived close by so we could do this more often. Thankfully Allison has an upcoming wedding which will provide more excuses to see each other in the coming months.

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Isla is excited for a new baby girl Garrels to be friends with this spring!

 

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