A Bunch of Firsts

We left Spain last Saturday to come back to the US for our first Christmas here since 2006. Our two older ones don’t remember American winters and our younger two have never been in the US for winter at all, so it’s been great to experience some “firsts” with the kids:

On the long flight over, M loved having his own video screen on the plane:

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The day we arrived in the US there was an ice storm and the next day we woke up to this:


Then it snowed all day. The kids couldn’t believe what snow felt, looked, and played like:


Yeah, they couldn’t wait to get properly dressed and went outside in their pajamas:


First snowman ever!


We’re now on the road, traveling to see friends and supporters, and this has been the kids’ first time being in homes decked out in Christmas decorations. Most Spanish apartments don’t have a lot of storage room, so we can’t keep a lot of decorations around that we only use once a year. But here everyone has boxes of fun Christmas things, and their homes are so inviting and sparkly:

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Some other firsts from the past few days: M found my brother’s old Redskins helmet and wore this for about two days straight. He watched videos with his head tilted backward so he could see out of it, but he loved it:


One of the best parts about our trip was the chance to meet our new nephew (2 weeks old here):


And we saw a gigantic package of Reese’s peanut-butter cups, with 2 cups that weigh a half-pound each – that’s crazy! This kind of thing makes America amazing and terrifying at the same time.

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Every trip back to the US is full of wonder, and this week has been no different. It’s been a good time so far!


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  • Happy

    The “kind of thing makes America amazing and terrifying at the same time.” – lol. So true!! :) Can’t wait to see you in a couple of weeks!

  • Jodi Stilp

    Hooray! What fun! Welcome back. I wish we could see you.