but given the number of Amazon boxes kicking around my basement, apparently I tried to ensure its delivery via 2-day Prime shipping???
I’m always a bit sad at this time of year. I spend 8 months looking forward to it and 3 months planning it, and the 1 measly month left over in which to live it doesn’t seem like it lasts nearly long enough! This is, I’m sure, in sharp contrast to the many others who are finally breathing giant sighs of relief that they can put this all behind them, so I’m a little bit happy for your sake. But mostly sad that magic and belief and twinkly lights will all be coming down in the next few weeks.
Goal-setting and fresh starts are fun, too, but I want to revel in the season a little bit longer. So I’m soaking up some of the pictures I managed to remember to take amidst the chaos.
I had this grand, Pinterest-inspired idea to get black wrapping paper and doodle the nametags directly on the packages. Loved eliminating the need for bows and tags. I actually like doodling, too. Doodling on that many packages? Um, a ton of work! I don’t see me repeating this as a wrapping scheme anytime soon! They did make pretty packages, though!
We did my family’s Christmas on the 23rd so it would mesh well with my sister and brother-in-law’s travel schedule. My nephew loves babies, and we got him the cutest doll themed for boys. It’s a superhero and comes with superhero accessories for the child, too. Seriously cute!
Minecraft gear…much coveted by the tween!
You guys, I kind of want a dog. Specifically, their dog if I can figure out a way to steal it. But I’m thinking that’s probably not going to happen…He’s just so cozy! This is a bad idea on so many levels…
I mean, if this isn’t the cutest!!!
My family loves puzzles! Which seems lame to type out, but it’s one of my favorite things – you can have the best conversations, laughter, and snacks over a good puzzle!
Gabe had quite a haul of Legos. He does love them! But at 11, I wonder how much longer this will last. I’ll be sad to see it go. On the other hand, he does want to be a Lego engineer, so maybe it’ll never end?
This might be my favorite picture of the day, and Tahd might kill me for posting it, but he was demonstrating his Chandler Bing engagement photo smile. Spot on!
Then… ’twas the night before and I obsessively stalked Santa on NORAD’s Santa tracker; probably more obsessively than the kids…
Want to know a bad plan? Taking a toddler and a talking Woody into a Christmas Eve service…
Christmas Eve involved sleeping in front of the Christmas tree. We tried with Jude, but he wasn’t ready for the unconstrained life of a sleeping bag. Isla did pretty well, but I’m quite sure Gabe was up most of the night from 1:30 on. Which makes it very hard for Santa to deliver his presents…I think Tahd and I collectively slept 5 hours that night?
But it was worth it in the morning!
The rest of the day was spent with playing and cuddles and tasty food, and I took hardly any pictures and just relaxed. Delightful!
I hope your Christmas was merry and your New Year full of hope and fresh energy!