I'm Kristin.  I am a wife, aspiring designer, Christian and for now a SAHM.  My husband and I are parents to three kids- Dylan Archer, Kyler Jude and Noelle Rose. I created this space to document my family's adventures and lessons I've learned along the way.  The Mom Jungle is a modern interpretation of both the family newsletter and scrapbook.  

Dylan's First Christmas

Dylan's First Christmas


This Christmas was Dylan's first, making it my favourite thus far!  In the days leading up the holidays, I was a little wary in terms of how Dylan would cope as he was petrified of wrapping paper!  What a kid.  Thankfully he conquered that fear in time for the holidays and enjoyed ripping the gift wrap off his presents- and everyone else's too.

Our festivities started the weekend before Christmas at my husband's paternal grandparents' home.  If you've never had a deep fried turkey (with all the trimmings Mennonite-style) you are missing out.  Dylan was spoiled by all the great aunt/uncles, cousins and grandparents.  He hammed it up for the crowd!

Earlier in the day, Dylan "performed" at his first Christmas concert at church.  The kids did a great job!

The festivities continued at my parents' house Christmas Eve.

It was on this Christmas Eve that Dylan decided to pull himself up to standing on his own for the first time... and we caught it on camera!  Any parent will tell you that is no small feat! It was our mini Christmas miracle hehe.

On Christmas Day, we had our little family celebration in the morning.

First, Daddy read the story of Christmas from Dylan's Bible and then we prayed, thanking God for Baby Jesus.

Next we opened- or in Dylan's case attacked, the presents!

Of all the gifts we gave to Dylan, this xylophone was his favourite!

All ready for Christmas dinner!

Later that day, we headed over to Justin's parents.  I only have two photos of our time there.  Oops! The spread (including this blueberry goat cheese- sooo yummy) distracted me from taking photos.  I'll need to get some from my in-law's cameras.  

Here is Dylan having cuddles with his Auntie and another with Grandpa.

Last weekend we were supposed to go to my mother-in-law's extended family Christmas, but Dylan came down with a fever.  I'm learning as a parent that sometimes things won't go according to plan- and that's okay.  I made this salad (recipe) and sent it down with my in-laws as my contribution to the dinner.

While they celebrated, we stayed home and cuddled.  The silver lining of Dylan feeling run down were all the hugs and snuggles- and thankfully in a couple days he was as good as new.

The rest of our vacation has included a shopping trip to Cosco, a birthday bash for my friend Kim and Starbuck's.

Tomorrow we get ready to ring in the new year and all the exciting things 2015 will bring our way.  From my family to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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