Good grief the holidays happened, didn’t they!? I didn’t think they would take me away from my buddies so completely, but they did.
Between the epic amounts of cookies (22 dozen total) I had to make for the holiday, & all the get-togethers; we really had an awesome Christmas. Nick was home from work for several days, plus he is on his break from school. The family time was much needed
I tried to plan & get the wrapping done ahead of time & we did pretty good – but there was this giant play kitchen that needed to be put together Christmas Eve. Santa just couldn’t fit it all in his sleigh.
Nick sorta wanted to cry when he saw all the pieces. It took him a total of 3 hours to put that sucker together. A lot of beer, a few cookies, and a good bit of whining. He did do a great job with it though & Nathan just loves it. Eventually we got all the presents under the tree & set everything up for morning. Sometime after midnight we passed out.
Around 6am I heard a noise & thought Nathan had woke up.. but things got quiet so I assumed he went back to sleep. Except he was sneaking downstairs because he saw the tree lights on. I smacked Nick & told him I thought Nathan was up. He thought I was joking until he saw the living room lights turning on! We ran downstairs & saw him standing in delight unsure of what to touch first. I only wish I could have seen his face when he first went downstairs. Props to Santa for leaving out a few gifts for him to play with otherwise I think presents would have been opened
He figured out the present thing pretty quickly. Much better than last year when he ran from the wrapping paper. He rips off each piece and usually starts his excited dance before he’s halfway done. It’s hysterical.
He enjoyed his Christmas pretty well. Fewer meltdowns this year because I think he realized the toys weren’t actually going anywhere. It’s amazing to watch how he’s changed in just 1 year. This Christmas was definitely more exciting for everyone
My resolutions this year aren’t to lose weight, or de-clutter, or anything like that. They’re simply to enjoy the life I’ve been given. I want to recognize that not everything is always going to be good, or easy for that matter, but simply that it will be worth it. I want to be able to stop, & look at the big picture more often. Realize that I don’t need to get somewhere 2 minutes quicker if it means dragging Nathan away from some pretty thing he found on the ground. Life is just so short & unpredictable. I want to teach Nathan not to take it for granted & the best way I can do that is by showing him.
I am loving how Christmas has changed for me now that I’m a parent. I’ve always loved the holiday season but now that Nathan is learning about Santa & the idea of Christmas it’s made my heart swell in ways I didn’t even know possible. Soon we can start teaching him about our traditions & starting our own with him. I can’t wait. Maybe next year we will get an elf on the shelf?