Tis the season for magic

…which includes new babies, the joy of the holidays seen through the eyes of a 3-1/2 year old, special friends, and Christmas shopping that got done shockingly early! (I’m usually only beginning my shopping by this time, NEVER have I been essentially finished at this point!!)

GrandmaAndHenry

One week old and a little Utes fan already!

One week old and a little Utes fan already!

But first things first — we have a new grandson! And after calling him Scoopie all this time, it’s taking everyone a while to make the switch to his real name, but we’re trying. Henry Lawrence Ostroski entered the world just past noon, one week ago (7 Dec) at 6 lbs 8 oz, right around 19″ long.  Mama is doing well after the surgery and the family came home from the hospital on Wednesday. Avila is thrilled with her little brother, although I think is just a hair disappointed to fully realize (not that we haven’t been trying to forewarn her!) that he can’t really “play” much yet!  ;-)

In sticker-heaven, making Christmas placemats

In sticker-heaven, making Christmas placemats

It’s been fun to watch each of the past Christmas seasons as Avila got older and more “into” it, and surely at 3-1/2 this year is the best yet. It’s all magical to her and her enthusiasm is infectious. Chris and Louise arrived on December 1st with her first gift, a gingerbread house kit to put together and decorate. We all had fun with that, followed a day or two later by a bag full of the makings for Christmas placemats. Avila (like most kids her age) LOVES stickers, so she was in her element and her family is getting to enjoy eating on their holiday placemats at home.

AvilaBallet2It’s a busy season for her with a holiday ballet performance last week, holiday gymnastics performance next week along with holiday school performance, and then a break from formal activities for a couple of weeks. On Saturday, just before Scoopie, I mean Henry’s arrival on Sunday, Jen and Avila got to have a Mommy-Daughtie day, including Breakfast with Santa at Jen’s office, followed by meeting up with us to get our Christmas tree and a small one for Avila. It was a fun day for everyone. (More pictures down below, and remember you can always click on a pic and see a larger version.)

ChristmasTreeandSkirtSpeaking of trees, we’re very happy with ours this year, and even more so now that it’s properly dressed! Chris and Louise stopped over briefly today bearing the first of our gifts—a wonderful tree-skirt hand-made by Louise’s mom (who has since passed) ten years ago. It’s the perfect size for our tree and room and is an especially dear gift from very dear friends. We’ve left it “bare” for a little while (although amazingly enough I not only have my shopping done but most of the wrapping done!) just to enjoy it, but it will soon fill with gifts. After our years in Costa Rica where we did almost no gift-giving, we still keep it comparatively simple, but even at “simple” there will be plenty under the tree it seems. (David and I have a tendency to take whatever we would have needed to buy for ourselves during these final couple of months of the year and wrap them for under the tree, so that skews the gift volume a little bit!)

Hope that the holiday season is bringing everything wonderful and magical to your family. We appreciate the gift of being able to experience it through the eyes of a child and through the miracle of new birth.  May yours be as special too, in its own way.

Closing with a few random pictures. Enjoy!

Now if it would only SNOW!

Now if it would only SNOW!

Making cookies

Making cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She loves face painting!

She loves face painting!

Decorating cookies at the Breakfast with Santa

Decorating cookies at the Breakfast with Santa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppy and newborn Henry

Poppy and newborn Henry

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9 Responses to Tis the season for magic

  1. Welcome little Henry and congratulations to all! What an exciting time to have a new little one! How is Avila with him? Your two grandkids are both adorable. I’m so glad you’ve moved to Utah and are so close to them.

    I was thinking about how magical this season is to little ones now that you’ve brought it up. Shouldn’t it be just as magical to us grownups?

    Merry Christmas to you and happy new year!
    Deborah

    • arden says:

      Hi, Deborah,
      Wonderful to see you here, as always! Yes, I agree the holiday season should be magical to us ALL — it sure helps remind you of that when you get to see the magic through the eyes of a little one. Avila is very good with Henry, but she’s been so hyped for months now to be the “helpful big sister” that it’s a tad bit of a let-down to realize that newborns are sort-of “lumps” for a while. ;-) People have been wonderful, bringing *her* a gift (for instance) when they visit with a baby gift, and with the holidays she’s had some special events that are all “about” her, so that’s been good, too, just so it’s not “all about the baby” which can sometimes happen. He’s just a little snuggle-bunny and it will be fun to see him over these coming months since we missed most of this phase of Avila’s life (we didn’t get here until she was 10 months old). I honestly can’t *imagine* missing out on this; I am SO grateful that we are here to be part of their lives.
      Merry Christmas to you too, and may this next year bring you wonderful new adventures. I look forward to reading all about them!
      hugs,
      -a-

  2. Sally Oh says:

    You are doubly blessed :) Happy holidays to you all!

    • arden says:

      Hi, Sally,

      Yes, we are feeling the blessings this holiday season!! From the amazingly sharp, smart, and fun “big girl” of Avila to the cute snuggly-ness of little Henry, so much to be thankful for. Happy holidays to you and all your boys!!

  3. Martha B. Higgins says:

    What a truly wonderful Christmas gift, another birth to celebrate! Thanks for the beautiful photos of your adorable grandchildren. What a beauty Avila is! Inside as well as outside, I’m sure. Merry Christmas to you all.

    • arden says:

      Hi, Martha,

      Thanks! Avila is, indeed, a true beauty inside and out. Although she’s really “out there” in all her activities, she’s also very “sweet” and helpful, always one to offer a hand to another little one who seems to need some help, feisty and outspoken as well as polite and very caring… just a joy to spend time with!

      A very Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season to you, too!

  4. You and David were born to be grandparents! Glad you are there to enjoy every minute of it!
    Gloria & Paul

    • arden says:

      Thanks, Gloria! It’s so true and it’s funny that it was so *totally* never on our radar screen before it actually happened. I had friends (Michele being one!) who’d waxed poetic about how they couldn’t wait to be grandmas and I was, kinda, meh, whatever. Not that I was against it in any way, just not really relating. And I don’t know if you recall how, in those last few months before we actually left, David would say how we were going back so *grandma* could be near the baby. Well, HE is so amazed to be here with her and amazing WITH her, I think he’s realized it wasn’t just me!! ;-) As you know, we loved our time in Costa Rica, and now we feel totally blessed to be able to be here now for this next chapter of life.

      Hugs to you and Paul!! We miss you guys!

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