Hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! We spent both doing pretty regular weekend stuff like taking a trip to Costco and then doing some laundry and being lazy around the house. Although maybe slightly boring, it was much needed and appreciated considering all the activities that went down last weekend.
I unintentionally took more than a week off blogging minus The Guys Behind the Blog post last week and while it was nice to unplug for a while (I didn't even touch my computer for four straight days - it was amazing), there's so much I want to share that I'm going to play a little catch up today. 2017 is going to bring some changes to the blog, but more on that later. For now, a little holiday recap.
December 24th, 25th, and 26th were a bit crazy for us since Christmas and Hanukkah fully over lapped this year. We spent the 24th celebrating Christmas with my brother in law's family (who we're very close with and are basically like blood family even though they technically are not). We spent the 25th celebrating with Seth's direct family. And we spent the 26th celebrating Hanukkah. It was a whirlwind three days and I'm pretty sure Mason got so used to opening presents that he thought every morning for the following few days that there should be more presents. Coming down off the holiday high is a bit depressing.
This post is going to be relatively picture heavy because really, that's the best way to share a holiday recap. I'm not going to share all the pictures because 1) you'd be scrolling through pictures for about an hour and 2) I'm not sure how everyone feels about their kids pictures on the internet. SO, without further ado...
Prepping desserts for the big day...
And baking fresh cookies for Santa!
December 24th - Christmas Eve
Seth spent the morning out with the boys seeing the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One. Mason and I spent the morning baking some muffins for dinner at my sister in law's and brother in law's and then made our way over to their house a bit earlier than everyone to start the party early. Christmas Eve is spent celebrating with my brother in law's side of the family and this year Seth's cousins came in from Arizona to celebrate with us so it was an extra big group of family, including nine kids (soon to be one more later this month!). It was insanely crazy and loud, but amazing and wonderful all at the same time.
We got home late that night, Mason put out cookies and milk for Santa, and Seth and I played Santa and ate the cookies and milk (Seth) and put together toys (me).
Making corn muffins to bring for dinner.
TONS of presents for the nine kids!
Mason insisted on TWO cookies for Santa and TEN carrots for the reindeer.
December 25th - Christmas
We spent the early morning hours of Christmas morning as our little family of three opening our gifts for each other. The majority of the gifts were for Mason, minus some stocking gifts for Seth and I, because we each got some larger gifts that we got earlier in the month. (Seth got a bed liner and a Tonno Cover for his new truck and I got the iPhone 7+ that I had been wanting so much!) After we finished opening up our gifts, we headed over to Seth's mom's house for breakfast around 9:30am and ended up staying and playing until around 3pm when we headed home for showers and to change in order to be back for dinner at 5pm. It was a relaxed yet busy and chaotic day filled with love, gifts, and tons of family... oh and MORE food!
Some fun Hanukkah hats that Seth's aunt and uncle had.
The BIGGEST hug!
December 26th - Hanukkah
I was originally supposed to work on the 26th, but only because I wanted to. It's a crazy busy time at work and I thought I needed to go in to process some payments, but I was going to be the only one there and so I decided to take an additional day off. I paid for it the rest of the week, but I worked late, and got it all done, and that's all that my bosses really care about. It's all about give and take!
I'm so, SO happy that my work is so flexible because I got to spend the extra day with our out of town family going ice skating (Mason's first time!) and going to see Sing. We then headed back to my sister in law's house and celebrated Hanukkah with MORE presents and of course, MORE eating!
It was a whirlwind weekend filled with lots of presents and lots of eating and lots of family and was just perfect. It was crazy and chaotic at the time, but I wouldn't have it any other way and I'm already looking forward to next year!
And with that, it's officially back to reality and back to our normal schedule -- I'm off to work today, Mason is back to regular school, and lucky Seth is off work officially celebrating the holiday and hopefully watching the Rose Parade for all three of us.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!