Friday, December 16, 2011

vincent christmas letter 2011

Dear Family and Friends,

While there may be wisdom in seeing life through the eyes of a new child, we also contend that there is much to be seen from looking at life from the perspective of new parents of a new child. What a year this has been!

Little E arrived on March 16 at 3:21 AM after a very emergency c-section which sent all 9 lbs., 9 ozs. of her to the NICU for a few days. Dad changed her first diaper, and we were off.

Burp cloths littered the house and it was strafed with pacifiers and bottle parts. The first three months were a blur - at which point we oscillated wildly between having more children and calling it quits "right here and now!" (I'm pretty sure I shouted that at some point). And then, at the end of May, Dad was graduating with a Master's degree from UVA in Systems Engineering, Little E and Mom were developing a routine and starting to enjoy the adventure, and life was back to "normal."

New grandparents, aunts and uncles and old friends are a constant source of free babysitting support and adoration - we are so blessed and thankful to have you! Little E is properly spoiled with enough clothes to support a day care and the best toys Grandpa V. can find. Also, she seems to accumulate toys when mom gets bored stacking blocks all day, but she's not complaining. She's still waiting on a pony from dad. As would be expected, it has been a year of firsts for her: first smile, first tooth, first sleeping through the night, first crawl, first fall, first airplane ride (to Chicago!), first solid food, first solid food diaper, first bath, first road get the picture....

 Love these toys from G'pa V.
Pit stop for lunch - on the road....again....

She is the center of our universe (which she knows full well), but we have had the opportunity to include a few broader adventures to our lives. Nick and I biked half of the Creeper Trail to celebrate our 30th birthdays; my entire family crashed with us for a weekend get-together complete with a rousing, if not completely typical, game of crouquet, and an Little E-Remus (my sister's Irish Wolfhound) meeting; a couple dinner-and-movie scenarios; and, a trip to Hilton Head Island (and an early exit thanks to one of them thar hurricanes) created a well-balanced year.

 Some Creeper Trail scenery
Hilton Head 2011

To say that Nick is glad to be done with his graduate work is an understatement - in fact, I doubt there is any word in the English language that would suffice to express his glee. When he's not teaching the little one to open cupboards or give high-fives, he has been going to the gym and biking much more often.

I have, surprisingly, quite enjoyed the stay-at-home lifestyle. Little E has re-introduced me to laughing just because, playing wherever, and appreciating my parents. She joins me for lunches to catch up with friends, helps with the grocery shopping (read: shreds/eats the circular while smiling at everyone), and cleans the kitchen floor (read: crawls and scoots on her stomach as mom shoves Swiffer pads underneath her). In my "free" time I've been energized to pursue a hobby/career in writing. Friffle Thoughts has been subject to much change in the past few months as I attempt to figure out what the blogosphere is like; I was approved to blog for Skirt!Magazine (a print and online journal for women - I blog as RRVincent); and, I've enjoyed being a member of the Charlotte Writer's Club for a once-a-month evening out. Otherwise, my days consist of trying to find more efficient ways to do laundry, not cleaning the bathroom, and playing.

We are ever-grateful for the friends and family that keep us sane. We love hearing your stories, sharing your lives, meeting for lunches or dinners, laughing at with you, interjecting our two cents on your FB conversations, and seeing you whenever you stop by. Thank you for being a part of our lives - especially for this past year. What a whopper of a 365-day stint. Could not have done it without you. Seriously. And, we're always grateful for your free babysitting support.

Many, many season's greetings to you and your families. We hope to see you in 2012 and wish you many blessings in the new year.

Nick, Rebecca, and Little E


  1. Sounds like a pretty wonderful year, hope that 2012 brings you continued warmth and joy!

  2. @ Elizabeth, wonderful indeed! Hope you are doing well, too - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    @ Sara: aw thanks, so excited for you and Z - you are going to have a fabulous holiday season!