Saturday, November 25, 2006


Happy Holidays!

Thanks to Carson, we have even more to be thankful for this year. Over the past two weeks, Carson has been visited by all three sets of his grandparents, aunts, cousins, and uncles....quite a fun, but busy stretch.

The Hinkemeyer Visit....
Grandma Kris and Grandpa John were able to stop in for a couple days/nights during a brief business trip in Seattle. Truthfully, we can not remember too much about what happened almost two weeks ago with the whirlwind of activity around Thanksgiving, but we do know that Grandma Kris became quite territorial with Carson. Due to his work schedule, Grandpa John has been able to visit Carson more frequently than Grandma Kris and it turns out that he let her know about it a little bit. Some might say that he enjoyed some Carson holding bragging rights.....well, not anymore. Grandma Kris evened out the baby holding score with plenty of time holding Carson during their visit.

The McKnight Visit...
During the McKnight visit, Carson experienced yet another first when he met two of his five great grandparents. Red and Nancy joined Grandpa Wayne, Grandma Jan, and Aunt Kassie on their trek across the state. Aunt Chelsey and Santavorn joined the gathering and took turns with Carson as well. Carson displayed his super baby strength by holding up his neck for extended periods of time and attempting to roll himself over. He sure seems close to rolling over, but I imagine that he has a good bit more to go before he really does roll over. Carson now also has brand new curtains in his room thanks to Grandma Jan, he might not notice a change, but we definitely appreciate the difference the new curtains make.

The Hurt Visit....
Grandee and Sittie flew into Seattle late Monday night and stayed until early, really early, Saturday morning. Carson met his third set of grandparents on Tuesday morning and spent the visit acting like a typical newborn. He let Grandee and Sittie hold him and find other ways to entertain him. Carson did snooze his first Thanksgiving away at Aunt Christi's house, I don't think he was awake for more than two hours over about a ten hour time period. On Friday, Carson dined out twice, once in Columbia City and once at the Ram in Kent. We are learning that you really can take a newborn out to eat, but have glimsed his one year old cousin Calder and realize that we should take advantage of this soon to be shortlived window of dining out. The visit was capped off with an obligatory cigar smoke by Grandee, Blake, and me in honor of yet another grandchild. It's hard to imagine that Carson won't see Grandee and Sittie until the summer, maybe something will work out sooner, but if not we will make up for lost time with a nice long visit in June/July.

Yahoo for family! That is so great that he has been around so many parts of his family in such a short amount of time.
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