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Christmas 2008 – – – Welcome 2009! January 7, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — oshikagang @ 10:15 pm

OK, OK, OK, it’s been a little while since I’ve blogged. The truth is, there are so many pictures and they are so disorganized, I’ve been a bit reluctant to take on the job of organizing them. Eventually, a week into a new year, I can no longer avoid the task.

Christmas at the Oshika household tends to be a quiet affair, for a couple a reasons – – both stemming from Johnny and my beliefs about what Christmas is really about. We don’t think it should be about ‘stuff’, giving OR getting, and that this magical time of the year is important because it’s about being with family and the ones you love. Well, as a result of this philosophy, gift-giving is minimal: Johnny and I didn’t get gifts for each other or for Aili, and until she’s old enough to say ‘Santa Claus’, well, I don’t think he’ll be dropping by. Maybe next year. There were a few gifts exchanged, but none of the hoopla that I remember from childhood.
While we love the time to gather with our families, we both have only a few relatives, so it turned out to be a pretty quiet day. And you won’t hear a word of complaint from us!
Last year the best gift that I received was from Aili. She was five weeks old, and just started smiling. This year, she managed to outdo herself, and started walking just before Dad and J arrived. My girl is a walker now! There are still lots of falls, bumps, bruises, and the occasional tears, but crawling is definitely in the past, and I now literally hear the pitter-patter of little footsteps all around the house.

The best part of the overall vacation was the visit from my Dad and sister, who flew from Phoenix and Toronto respectively. Aili warmed up quickly, and they both loved playing with her and getting to know her better. It was so nice to see them interact with her, and I’m so glad she has a chance to get to know her Grandpa and Cool Aunt J, even though they live so far away.

New Years’ was an even quieter affair, although this year we actually went out to have dinner with friends. Woohoo! We were home by nine.

What will 2009 bring to the Oshika gang?
Well, Aili is growing and changing with each passing day. I can’t wait to see what she’s doing to do next. And of course, our little Junior will be around in about 4 and a half months. I’m approximately the size of a hippopotamus and growing quickly. Lots of little kicks inside, and our ultrasound is scheduled for a couple weeks so we can check out who’s in there and figure out what colour to paint the walls. Johnny just received a promotion at work, so with the prestige of Directorhood comes a lot more responsibility and challenge, although hopefully not longer hours. And as for me, I am hoping to schedule one last 3-person family vacation, possibly in the next few weeks. Once we have a newborn around, travel will be a whole new experience!

Unfortunately, Blogger’s photo upload seems to be broken, so it will have to be a text-only post for now. Keep checking back; I have about 30 pics for you! Will post them as soon as I can.

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