Happy first post of 2016! I’ve missed you all! Lots on my mind I’d like to write about, but I’ve still been choosing to do other things instead of write them down…like coloring!
The Secret Garden (referral link) is a beautiful coloring book with lots of tiny details, making it both fun and time consuming. I’ve really been enjoying it, though–so much so that Ellie and I had a coloring and wine night last week! Wine and coloring makes staying within the lines a little trickier!
Anyway, I’m late with a holiday post, but I wanted to make sure I put this out there while it’s still January. Honestly, it’s mainly for me, since it’s fun to look back on these sort of posts, but I hope you enjoy it as well!
Smiles from both kids this year! I labeled Emme as shy in a previous post, but with Santa and other costumed creatures, Emme is definitely the more outgoing of the two.
Each year we enjoy driving around to look at lights, but it’s also nice to get out on foot. The kids really enjoyed the neighborhood walk we did one night, candy canes in hand. I remember taking just Reece out to do this when Emme was tiny and he was 2.5 and it was such a struggle to get him to walk just a few houses down the street. How far we’ve come!
Of course, there was also the annual Christmas cookie baking tradition. One of the few times during the year that I bake.
The kids were a little more precise with their decorating than in years prior, but I still stuck with the plain ones since I’m not a fan of icing.
Elfie showed up again this year for his nightly hide-and-seek. The kids really get a kick out of finding him each morning. We don’t get super creative with his activities, but he does like to do things to make them laugh. 🙂
We kicked off the Christmas celebrations on December 23 with a special dinner for just the adults in our families at the amazing Greek restaurant Evvia Estiatorio in Palo Alto. Fish just like in Greece!
On Christmas Eve, we intended to go to an early church service, but got the times mixed up, so we just had more time at my in laws and the kids enjoyed their Little People Nativity set (referral) and a few new gifts.
Then it was home for Christmas jammies and bedtime so Santa could come!
Playing Santa is such a fun part of becoming a parent. The kids were really excited this year and while Emme slept through the night (unusual), Reece woke up around 2am, ready to start the day . It was tough convincing him to go back to sleep, but eventually he did and then they were up at their usual time of 6:30am.
We have the tradition of Santa leaving a book on each of their beds, so that’s the first gift they see. Usually, they feel pretty “eh” about the books at first because they are so excited to get to their other gifts, but this year, they both really enjoyed them and spent time look at them in bed. Emme climbed up to Reece’s bed so she could look through her veterinarian book while he checked out his new space book.
When they made it out to the living room to check out their toys, Emme took it in quietly, while Reece exclaimed over everything. It was so cute to see how excited he was about his huge Lego sets because he hadn’t been expecting them to be that big. He started working on one set nearly right away and we took Emme out to practice on her pedal bike.
It will be a few months before she can do it on her own, but since a bike is such a big gift, we wanted her to get it for a special occasion like Christmas. She loves it and is excited to learn to ride like Reece (who picked it up closer to age four).
Later that day, we headed to my dad’s house to celebrate with him and my sister and then the day after Christmas we celebrated again with just my in laws.
We had a quiet New Years at home, not even sure we would make it til midnight.
We popped the champagne cork off the front porch and the kids enjoyed their sparkling cider while we looked at pictures from the last year and then toasted to one of the Netflix countdowns. They ended up in bed right around their usual bedtime and I ended up staying up til after midnight finishing up season 6 of Parenthood! 🙂
It was a fun holiday season and I hope you enjoyed yours as well! I’m looking forward to what 2016 will bring!