Oh my word, December. Always so full of hustle and bustle, but this year was even crazier than years past. And yet, we still managed to fit just about everything in.
The holiday season really kicked off for us at Thanksgiving, when we took baby D on his second 9 hour roadtrip to visit my inlaws. My mom’s continuing mite issues meant we were spending turkey day apart for the first time in several years. I hated that, but we still got to spend lunch with my parents on our way back. And quite honestly, Thanksgiving was a lot more fun than I anticipated. Kind of like Christmas but without the presents. So much family, food, and crazy kiddos running around.
D with all of his cousins
After that, I attended one of my best friend’s annual Favorite Things party. If you’ve never been to a Favorite Things party, here’s how it works: Everyone spends $20 on items they personally love – favorite nail polish, favorite lip gloss, favorite color scarf…you get the idea. Then you wrap everything or put it all in a gift bag without a tag. As guests arrive, everyone puts their bags together. Then each guest draws a number. Starting with whomever drew #1, that person picks a bag/gift from the bunch to be theirs and opens it. Then the person who brought the gift talks about each item and why those items are their favorite things. It’s really a lot of fun and everyone walks away with something they’ll probably love too. I’ve always been thrilled with my gift each year and look forward to this party more than almost any other party every year.
The next weekend, we celebrated Christmas with my grandma, aunt, and cousins. Being the first Christmas since my grandpa passed away, I knew it was going to be tough for my family this year, so I got together with my cousin to host our first family Christmas gathering. I did most of the cooking and organized a few games for us all to play, and despite some folks being sick, it turned out really well. The very next day, the hubs, baby and I got up and drove 2.5 hours to visit my other grandma for an early Xmas celebration. She’s 90 years old and has only seen the baby once, so I wanted to make sure she saw him again before the holidays. We probably won’t be back again until her birthday in March.
On the 23rd, we packed up the car again and headed east again. We stopped about halfway to have lunch at my aunt’s house. My parents met us there, as did my cousin who lives in Maryland with her 4 kids and my other aunt and uncle from Cincinnati. We only stayed about 2 hours but it was nice to see everyone – many of whom we haven’t seen in a couple of years.
Finally we ended up at my inlaws’ house where we spent the next three days just sitting around, eating artery-clogging food, and watching bad TV – like Duck Dynasty. Oh and taking pictures of this little guy.
All those presents? Yeah, those are just Dez’s. Mine are piled on the floor and hubby’s are on the other end of the couch. Like I said – SPOILED.
All in all, it was a pretty great Christmas season.