At this point, Fall 2015 seems like a lifetime ago. The end of the year flew by for us and by the time the holidays arrived, we had an 18 month old on our hands.
We kicked off Fall with a trip to the pumpkin patch with our friends the Vadas's. It was a cute farm with a few animals, a play area, hay bails and, of course pumpkins. The Vadas's also invited us over for Halloween night. They live in a popular neighborhood for trick-or-treating and since it's probably the last year we can get by without going trick-or-treating ourselves, it was fun to be able to see all the other kiddos coming by. I made Sydney and owl costume, but wasn't organized enough to make costumes for Brian and I. She still wears her owl hat and always says "whoo whoo" when she see it.
|A little pumpkin for our little pumpkin|
|August & Sydney having a chat on the hay bails|
|Well, this is fun|
|August dressed up as a horse. Apparently horses and owls don't get along...|
We had some fighting over the pumpkin decorations
We stayed local for Thanksgiving, spending it with most of the Lederman's and most of the Davison's. Sydney had fun playing with her cousins, and spent most of the evening taking off, and putting on a beaded necklace. It was nice to see her being girly amongst all her boy cousins!
|The cutest dress made by MarMe|
|Loved that necklace|
|She really liked Bama's famous spinach balls|
Soon after Thanksgiving, we went to Adina's for the first night of Hanukkah. It was a last minute get together, but you would have never guessed from the meal that Adina and Sean served. Brian and Danielle couldn't make it, so the kids outnumbered the adults - which made for a semi-chaotic dinner. Sydney got her very own water bottle for her first Hanukkah gift, and would not let it go all night. She must have drank at least 10 oz of water.
We officially celebrated Hanukkah with all of the Lederman's on a Sunday in Santa Rosa. We had Brian's company party on Saturday night, so we sent Sydney with Adina, Sean and Billy that morning and drove up after Brian's party so we would be there with the family on Sunday. Sydney had a blast hanging out with Billy, Bama and Papa and we enjoyed a day & evening kid free.
|Mike and the boys lighting the candles|
|Sydney sharing some of her water with her buddy Billy|
|All the cousins|
|We clean up well|
|Billy & Sydney at the park|
|entertainment for hours|
|I love this one of Billy|
Onto Christmas. Sydney and I went to visit Santa in California before heading up to Portland for the big day. The Santa visit went as well as I expected - you'll see in the photo. She is really in a stranger danger phase and it takes her a long time to warm up to anyone, even if she knows them (except me and Brian, obviously - and Ceci at daycare).
We spend almost a week in Portland for Christmas. MarMe and Grandpa Bill completely spoiled Sydney. MarMe pulled out all the old toys she saved and had stuff all around the house for Sydney to look at and play with - she was completely entertained. Aunt Jenn was also home in Portland and got to spend some time playing with Sydney and watching her new antics. Santa also spoiled Sydney with some fun new toys and clothes, lucky girl.
We always enjoy seeing our friends up in Portland, both time with the kiddos and without. While we can never see everyone, we did our best to balance our time between friends and family and really enjoyed our time up there.
|Classic! I love that Santa was in good humor. |
When we walked in, he said "she looks like a crier"
|This went a little better|
|Due to a really, really early morning flight, |
I got spoiled with a nap in my arms - lucky mama
|MarMe hung the advent calendar low, so Sydney could help put the last ones on|
|Showing off her belly|
|Our best attempt with Aunt Jenn|
|Looking like a big girl with MarMe & Grandpa|
|Helping MarMe make aebleskiver|
|MarMe even made Sydney an apron to wear in Portland|
|sliding with Aunt Jenn|
|and with Grandpa Billy|
|Grandpa earned some good cuddles this trip|
|story time with Grandpa|
And to ring in the New Year we had a few friends over to our place for a dinner party. The Bukata's came from Mill Valley with their 4 month old and spend the night, and the Vadas's joined us for dinner. We were so excited to host a dinner party. Brian put together an incredibly delicious feat, we popped some bubbly and of course I made a few decorations.
|The New Years table|
If that wasn't enough, we squeezed a lot more the last 3 months of the year, so I have to share some more photos. I met my colleagues and their kids at the Academy of Sciences, Brian and I took Sydney to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, we took many trips to the park, played with cousin Billy and had a lot of fun around the house. My office was shut down between Christmas and New Years and the way the holidays fell this year, it was a nice, long break. I had such a good time with Sydney, she is so much fun right now.
|Helping Dada make pancakes|
|This is so much fun|
|Loves the park|
|First trip to the zoo!|
|Looking super cute|
|Bay Area Discovery Museum - she had a blast in the Tot room|
|Watching the bubbles|
|fascinated by the aquarium at the Academy of Sciences|
|spoiled with post nap cuddles|
|entertaining herself at the grocery store|
(she is laughing - not throwing a fit)
|Thanks Aunt Jenn for the cute outfit|
What a year it was. We are so grateful for our family, for our families and our friends. We are really starting to feel at home in Walnut Creek and are always dreaming big of what we want to do with our house. We are amazed everyday by Sydney and how she is growing and learning and becoming a full blown toddler. We just love her to pieces.
We have a lot to look forward to in 2016 and I can hardly believe that as I write this, we are already in the second week of January. Happy New Year!