Thursday, November 29, 2007

All Together Now

As is tradition, Violet spent her first Thanksgiving with family - and lots of it. Much of the extended Swartz family (Grandma and Grandpa Swartz, Aunt Meagan, Uncle Donny, Aunt Amy, Uncle Marco and cousin Giacomo) joined the extended Stickney family (Grandma and Grandpa Stickney, Aunt Kristin and Uncle Mat) in Boise for the feasting. Uncle Kyle and Annett were greatly missed. There was one surprise guest, however, all the way from the North Pole! We're not sure whether Violet whispered any Christmas wishes to Santa while on his lap, but she certainly enjoyed tugging on that long white beard. Grandpa Swartz mysteriously disappeared shortly before the man in the red suit showed up . . . but there was no shortage of photos taken to commemorate Violet and Giacomo's first visit with Santa for anyone who missed it.

Violet's introduction to her first cousin, Giacomo, was equally adorable. As evidenced by the photos above, these two hit it off right away. We're all looking forward to watching them grow up together.

The last shot above was taken out at the Festival of Trees in downtown Boise the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas is coming! We can't wait to watch Violet enjoy the holidays. Christmas lights, a Christmas tree, Christmas shopping - we're looking forward to it all. And with only 26 days until Christmas, we'd better get started!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sweet Pea

Violet celebrated her first Halloween dressed as a pea pod! Initially, she wasn't sure about the whole costume concept, but warmed up to the idea and was happy to 'trick or treat' at the homes of a few close friends and neighbors, despite the fact that no actual treats were obtained this year. We enjoyed perfect fall weather - brisk but not too cold - and wrapped up the evening across the street with our friends Ralph and Arlene, where Violet was mesmorized by the flames from the small fire they had going in their front yard (as well as Ralph's gravelly voice and heavy New York accent). We're looking forward to her next major holiday first - Thanksgiving! The extended Swartz clan (with the exception of Kyle and Annett, who unfortunately can't make it from Germany ;) will be joining us and the Stickney family in Boise for T-day in just a few weeks!