For those of you close to us, you know that the new child in our care has been a great little kid. Other than getting sick a few times, and one time very seriously, it's been very smooth. The child sleeps better than Luca, which is especially surprising given the age! Most of the drama has been about the child rather than from the child.
We had a very good Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. For Halloween, we had a pumpkin carving party with our friends the weekend before. On the day of, we had a little white bear winter coat for the new kid, Luca wore his Abiyoyo outfit, and we walked around our neighborhood for the first time as a family. This was a happy occasion, not only because we had a new child with us, but because we feel safe enough to walk around at night in our neighborhood.
I completed a multi-week foster care training course between October and December. Kyra and I celebrated our date-iversary in November, and Luca continued his swim lessons. Thanksgiving was upon us before we realized it, and we made lots of food with our friends and family, using a lot of food from our winter CSA share from Crossroads Community Farm (Thank you Mike, Cassie, Zea, and Edie!). I missed the fireplace at our condo, but it was still a warm and joyous holiday.
In December, the integer describing my age increased by 1, and Kyra and I attended a work holiday parties. Then there was Snowmaggedon 2012: We were all stuck inside for a few days, and nearly lost power due to tree branches hanging on our power line. I ended up playing basketball on the tree to knock the snow off of it, and we shoveled 2-3 times just in one day. Luca's holiday party at school was unfortunately cancelled, so we didn't get to see him (not) sing a Christmas tune.
Christmas was at our new home again, but this time we had a different menu. For Christmas Eve, we had some of our friends and family over for presents, along with dinner, with turkey stuffed squash from our CSA (the squash, not the turkey). On Christmas Day, we had friends and family over again for brunch and more presents. At the same time, the new kid was very sick, so it was a mixture of fun and stress that I hope never repeats ever again. The only saving grace was that I didn't have to take a lot of extra time off for the illness.
We attended my mom's side's Christmas party out at Uncle Doug's and Aunt Connie's farm, and it was a lot of fun. Everyone got a kick out of seeing the new child, and like Thanksgiving, we all ate way too much. New Year's was similar to Christmas but much more low key and less stressful, with no one being terribly sick. We got to catch up on much-needed sleep.
All in all, it was a good holiday season, aside from the illness, and we all had fun and received nice presents. But the best present was spending time with our friends and family, and that meant a lot to all of us. We hope everyone else had a great holiday season, and we wish you a happy new year!