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Grandma and Grandpa Nevins visit for the Holidays

What a wonderful week of holiday celebration.  Grandma and Grandpa Nevins flew in from Michigan to spend Christmas with us this year.  Regardless of the lack of snow in California during this time of year, we were able to really put our minds in the holiday spirit just by sharing these special days with them.  This blog might be long, but it is hard to condense all the things we had going on in the last week with our visitors.  While they were here, we had a helping hand in all of our daily life obstacles.  Grandma immediately took over the kitchen, stocking up our fridge and making sure we were always well fed with her best dishes, including all of Dana's favorites.

And while Grandma was in the kitchen, Grandpa was keeping the little ones happy.  He had a special way with Rocky and the perfect touch to calm Eva if she was fussy.  In fact, he introduced her to her first pacifier and with a little time was able to get her to suck on it and find a little enjoyment out of it (pacifier not pictured).

Eva has really loved having Grandma and Grandpa around, as you can see, they know exactly how to make her feel loved and happy.

And, to make sure they don't forget these special times with her, Eva gave them both coffee mugs with pictures of her on it.  I think they really liked them :)

For Christmas, we had dinner at our house.  We had Aunt Lorie and Aunt Bugg over with Aunt Bugg's mom, as well.  Grandma and Aunt Lori worked hard in the kitchen, while we all enjoyed the aftermath...really yummy food.  And, Lorie was given very strict instructions by the family back home to make sure and hold Eva as long as she possibly could.  She made sure to follow through, giving her lots of hugs and admiring all her silly faces.

Luckily, Dana and I were able to sneak in a little time with our little girl to get a family picture.

When my hands were free of Eva, I had to continue mommy duty with poor little Rocky, whose paw got stung by a bee right before dinner.  Whenever he is in any pain or sick, he wants to be in my arms to be nursed back to health.  The poor guy was really in a lot of pain, and I did all that I could to make him feel comfortable.  I'm happy to report that by the next day he was back to his normal self, although, he is still licking his wound quite a bit.

Sunday was a fun football day at our house, although, getting the whole family together in Chargers gear didn't seem to pay off much.  It was fun to show our San Diego spirit.

And, now we are wrapping up our time with Dana's parents.  They are leaving tomorrow morning.  The week has flown by and we are sad to see them go.  We are so grateful to have had all this time to share with them and for everything they did for our family while they stayed here.  Thank you so much for everything!!!  We love you, Mom and Dad (Grandpa and Grandma).

Side Note:

So, I was talking to my Uncle on Christmas Eve and he brought up a good point that i wanted to share.  He said "Wow, Eva is really an alert little baby!", and it got me thinking.  I realize I only share pictures of her when her eyes are open.  The truth is, she sleeps all day long.  I think I get so excited when her eyes are open so that is when I grab the camera to capture moments.  When she is sleeping, it is either while I am nursing her or I try to take advantage by getting things done around the house.  So, for anyone who knows newborns, she isn't unusually alert.  I will try to capture more of the sleeping moments that she does frequently.  :)

Second, Eva got a super cute little piggy bank in the mail and I am assuming it was for Christmas.  Only problem is, there was no packing slip included and I already threw out the box so I couldn't track it down.  We have no idea where it came from.  So, I have no idea who to thank.  If you know who it is, please let us know.  I feel bad putting it in her room to be used when I have no idea where it came from.

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