Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas with My Parents and the Babies

Well, my parents arrived last Monday, December 21, to see their grandchildren (and us too, I suppose). :)

In the days just before they arrived, Pelagia had her hands full, so to speak (see above).

Here, Paul is signing a Christmas card to his godfather, Paris. He actually made a big scribble mark on the bottom.

My parents were the latest to join us for the daily afternoon walk ritual. Here, my dad carries Phoebe on his back.

And here Benjamin is all smiles with his mother.

Here we are at the cemetery, a favorite place to walk to in Panorama.

On another walk to the post office one morning, my mom carried Phoebe.

In the week leading up to Christmas, the babies got to try solid foods for the first time. Their first food was pumpkin. They all really liked it.

Benjamin loves being upside down.

Here Benjamin is getting a bath from my mom.

On Christmas day, we had an early morning liturgy (6:00-9:30 AM), as is the parish custom here in Greece, and then we celebrated the feast with our dear friends and neighbors the Lillies. Here, the babies are all seated for lunch in the Lillies living room. On Christmas day they got to try their second food, carrots.

James Lillie turned a party favor crown into something that fit little Phoebe -- and went with her Christmas dress.

Here we are enjoying the feast. At left, the Lillies son, John, holds his new spiritual brother, Benjamin.

Here the babies are opening their Christmas presents.

The weather was beautiful this weekend -- highs around 70 -- so Saturday we headed downtown with Paris to take a walk around Aristotle Square. Here, Phoebe is enjoying herself in the stroller.

We stopped for a coffee near the waterfront. Here, Paris holds his godson Paul, while my dad holds Phoebe. Paul, meanwhile, had become really interested in one of Phoebe's shoe, and was here chewing on it.

A family portrait in Aristotle Square.

Near Egnatia, a temporary ice rink was set up. Here, Paris and Paul take in the action.

For more photos, click here, here, here, and here.

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