We arrived late Tuesday night in Dallas on the day before Christmas Eve. We had bought Alice a new "big girl" car seat for the trip to Dallas and she slept well on the drive. Once we got there - she was up for a couple of hours, which was exhausting but expected.
On Christmas Eve day, Alice got to participate in the Meadows womens' tradition of going to Neiman Marcus downtown to eat brunch in the Zodiac Room and to shop Neimans sale racks. Alice did very well at brunch, trying all sorts of new foods. I think she really enjoyed the orange souffle, mashed potatoes, kiwi, and pasta. She even got a taste of the dessert tray. I think she ate all of the cheesecake. Shopping is not quite Alice's forte as yet, but I'm sure the skill will develop with time - watch out dad! (Nieman Pics to follow when Aunt Pappa gets a copy to me!). That evening, Alice went with Grandma Didi and Pop to the candelight service at their church. Reportedly...she enjoyed the spectacle and was adored by all.
Christmas morning, we all gathered and opened presents in the morning. Alice got a Little People's Garage and a Bounce and Spin Pony, just to name a few.
The extended family came over at lunch and we all ate Christmas dinner together. Alice sat in her high chair and ate off of mom and dad's plates. Her first Christmas dinner was great.
The day after Christmas we saw the Bickel/Meisse side of the family. We pretty much did a repeat of Christmas day there too. Open presents, eat dinner and hang out. Again, Alice ate off our plates and did a great job. Some of her presents this day were an air ball toy and a stuffed puppy that talks and sings. Alice enjoyed watching and playing with her cousins, and we were all exhausted at the end of the day.
Mark off "Baby's First Christmas" - it was a huge success.
Can't wait till next year! (well....maybe I can ;-)