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51/52 – Wild Card

December 25, 2013

51/52 - Wild Card

Christmas was a moving target this year. We were going to visit our families, we were not going to visit our families, and when a vicious winter storm ripped through the region, it became the smarter decision to simply stay put and stay off of the roads. Travel is not a simple endeavor for us. It’s at least a 7 hour road trip one way.

We switched gears and celebrated the holidays as a family of five in our own home. It was quiet. It was delightful. But most importantly, it was relaxing and restorative.

One of the many things I’m grateful for as our family tradition is that we make Christmas a day long celebration. We do their stockings, then have a yummy breakfast together, then we come back to the tree and open the gifts one present at a time.  We sip coffee with baileys and mimosas for hours. We facetimed with the grandparents so they could share in the joy of opening gifts.  We started the gifting portion of Christmas around 8am and finished around 12pm – just in time for me to rush to pull the stuffing together and get that turkey in the oven.

What I love about that photo of the kids is that is truly shows what goofballs they are when they’re asked to sit in the same frame for a few short minutes.

Here’s a few extra pics from Christmas morning.

 

Christmas = Love

A little bit of Christmas love. One of the rare photos of just the two of us.

Sibling love

I think Bella looks lovely in this pic while her little brother hams it up.

Christmas morning

Tears of joy and delight. Bella made me the most thoughtful and touching gift. I also discovered that the Doodle does truly have the empathy her daycare workers speak of as she was the first to rush to my side when my eyes teared up.

Suitcase for the win
There were lots of presents under the tree, but the one that was most instantly loved was her very own suitcase.  She’s been packing ours for months now for a trip were taking in February.

Kids
It’s always nice when you can get a good pic of the kids. In the Doodle’s words, everyone ‘properate (cooperate) with Mommy.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2014 3:57 pm

    What a perfect Christmas! I wish ours had included a bit less time out of the house with family (grandparents and cousins, different houses, too much), and definitely relished our time at home with just us three. That last picture is adorable. The Doodle’s smile is cracking me up.

    • January 7, 2014 7:03 am

      The down time was indeed lovely. I actually felt like we had a relaxing vacation.

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