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!