I was worried about how she would interact with the family dog, Tanner. It turns out she just couldn't leave her alone. I think Tanner escaped into the bedroom a lot just to get away from Arizona. Kids aren't the most gentle with pets, and many times Arizona felt that laying next to, on top of, and pushing Tanner was fun. Poor dog- but she is a really good dog too.
On Christmas Eve we had a less formal meal-red, white and green was the theme. We also did the cousin exchange gifts and couples exchange gifts.
This year she really got into opening the presents. It was fun to see her face light up when she got something she really enjoyed.
Every odd year we have a formal. This started November 2006- at Daniel's sisters house. As a back story- Daniel and I had our first date at the beginning of November. After that first date, Daniel said he felt really good about asking me to their first family winter formal. When he asked me, I was a little shocked. I mean this was our first date, I barely knew him and he was now inviting me to go meet his entire family!!! So, I said yes. Haha. I'm glad I took the leap and he did too. 7 years later, we are still dancing and Arizona gets to enjoy the festivities as well.