I guess it’s about time for me to share our Christmas with you. It was a perfectly slow Christmas. We couldn’t fly home this year because I am the size of a house and would be too much weight for a plane (hahahahahahaha j/k). But for reals, it’s too late in the pregnancy for me to travel, so we stayed in Texas and while of course we missed our families it was wonderful. Dutch and I ended up getting sick the week before Christmas and it lasted until the week after Christmas, so it was nice to not have to do anything or be anywhere. The week of Christmas Dutch & I made a bunch of cookies and just stayed in jammies all day watching Christmas movies and wrapping presents. We went to see Santa Clause, did some art projects, and built 2 gingerbread houses (which, my friends is way tougher than it looks; I will need at least a year to recover from this project lol). The anticipation of Christmas is just as fun as Christmas itself. We enjoyed seeing Christmas through Dutch’s eyes this year with such naive excitement with putting up Christmas lights, playing hide and go seek with Sheldon (our Elf on the Shelf), decorating (and redecorating the Christmas tree), and watching all of the fun Christmas movies.
Dutch last year with Santa (6 months old) vs this year with Santa (18 months old)
The Mr. had Christmas Eve and Christmas off of work so having him home was spectacular. On Christmas Eve we went to the park in the morning to play, and then went to church for Christmas Eve service. Of course I balled my eyes out with the candle light version of Silent Night. Doesn’t everyone do that?! After church we got coffee and drove around looking at Christmas lights before heading to dinner. When we got home, we made sure to leave cookies out for Santa….and dog treats for the reindeer (hehehe).
Christmas day we had a breakfast casserole and monkey bread, read the Christmas story from Luke, and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus before opening gifts, and then headed over to our besties house for Christmas dinner and games. We didn’t finish opening gifts at home….well to be honest there are still 4 that are still wrapped. It wasn’t that we received so many gifts or that we’re not grateful, so much as we have just been so sick and lacked the energy. Dutch received several books, clothes (which mama and daddy were very grateful for), an airplane, a car, a dump truck, letters for the bathtub, a stuffed bunny and blanket, new crayons (that hopefully he wont eat this time), a 2015 ornament, & a horse with a cowboy hat.
Despite being so sick it really was the perfect Christmas. The Mr. and I just loved to see Christmas through Dutch’s eyes with all of the novel excitement. This Christmas was very different from last Christmas with a tiny infant, but it will also be very different compared to Christmas next year with a 2 year old and a 1 year old. Of course we are looking forward to what that will be like, but this Christmas we just chose to embrace the chapter we are living in right now and it was magical.
Friends, I truly hope that your Christmas was filled with as much sparkle as ours was.