I didn't want to fly this year with such a young baby, so this year my family rented a beach house here in NJ. During the Summer, we NEVER could have afforded to rent this house, but in the Winter, it was a steal. It had enough bedrooms for everyone, a huge dining room table so we could have all our meals together and a gorgeous view of the ocean. It was even warm enough a few days to walk to the beach.
Renting a house for the holidays was a HUGE undertaking. We had to bring EVERYTHING from towels, to a Christmas tree and decorations to food. It was exhausting, but it was nice that everyone could stay together.
The day after we got back from the beach house, we had Eli's baptism. It was more than a little nutty to do it less than 24 hours after being home, but we survived. Unfortunately EVERYONE involved in the baptism forgot their camera so we don't have many pictures, but the church uploads their services to YouTube, so at least we have a video. I did snap a picture of the gorgeous cake his godmother had made for him. She also had the same woman do my baby shower cake and it was SOOOO good.
We had the post-baptism brunch at the same place we had our rehearsal dinner for our wedding (the ceremony was in the same church as well) and it was lovely. They had the room decorated for Christmas still and a fire going in the fireplace. It was definitely the perfect way to round out the holiday craziness.
Now it is 2014 and we are on to the next year. I haven't figured out what my hopes and dreams are for the new year other than for Eli to start sleeping through the night.
Happy New Year to you all!.