Cincinnati Celebrations.

Sorry I have been away!  There is so much I want to do and people I want to see while we are here visiting, and it just never feels like the days are long enough to fit it all in.  Tuesday morning we woke up and drove from Indianapolis to Cincinnati – Cullen’s first road trip!  He screamed most of the way, which was no fun for any of us.  We also did the first half of our trip in SNOW, which is something we haven’t seen in quite a while being out west!

Eventually we made it to my mom’s house, where our week of celebrations continued.  On the menu – Indian food and delicious vegan chocolate cake (from Whole Foods).

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The cause for celebration?  Casey’s 32nd birthday!  We ate, talked, caught up, opened gifts, and showered him with birthday love.  I think he had a good day.

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Casey and I stayed up waaaay too late talking to Sarah before going to bed, so we all slept in a little late on Wednesday morning.  We are also trying to stay on pacific time during our visit, since we thought it would be easier for Cullen.  He gets to stay up really late with everyone else now while he’s here!

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This was Cullen’s first trip to Cincinnati, and my first time back since my baby shower in August.  It felt so nice to be home with all my favorite people.

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When Sarah came out for Thanksgiving and first met Cullen, she was a little nervous of holding him since he was so small (just 4 weeks).  Now that he has bulked up quite a bit, she felt much more comfortable with him.  I think he is feeling pretty comfortable with her as well.

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That afternoon, the family fun continued when Rebecca arrived with Jonah!  I can’t believe he’s already six months old.  It’s so fun to have our boys back together again!

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Wednesday night, Casey and I visited with all my best Cincinnati friends so that they could meet Cullen.  Unfortunately he was a big grump for most of our visit, until Lindsey soothed him to sleep in her arms.

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It was such a nice evening, and so fun to see them and have them meet Cullen.  We have all been friends for so long, and I feel so lucky that these girls who have been in my life all these years are getting to see me become a mom!

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After our visit, we headed back home to my house to spend the rest of our night with family.  Cullen has been a trooper, but he’s had a hard time with all the changes this past week.  So when the going gets tough, Cullen gets naked. 

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Since my family wasn’t together on Christmas Day, we decided to do our own celebration a few days later.  We had planned on doing it Thursday morning, but then spontaneously decided that Wednesday night sounded more fun. 

We were only missing one thing – Christmas cookies.  Even though it was already after 10pm, Casey and I decided cookies were a must.

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We made our own vegan chocolate chip recipe based on what was in my mom’s pantry, and loosely based off a few we looked at online.

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The best part was the MINT chocolate chips my mom had on hand – so delicious!

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While the cookies baked, we got started opening presents and sitting around the tree.

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Eventually the cookies made their way to the table, and were all eaten almost immediately.  Tis the season!

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Jonah was supposed to be sleeping but woke up around 11pm and joined the party.  He was so cute opening gifts!  Kids make Christmas so much more fun.

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While we all hung out and did gifts, our little pea pod slept on his Boppy pillow like he always does.  I feel so lucky that he’s such a good sleeper.

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It was totally nontraditional, but even though it was three days late and late at night, it really did feel like Christmas morning.

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This visit is going by way too quickly, and I am already feeling sad about saying goodbye to family.  Doing my best to soak it all in while I’m still here!