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.
A little bit of Christmas love. One of the rare photos of just the two of us.
I think Bella looks lovely in this pic while her little brother hams it up.
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.