OH friends, we just had the most magical and special Christmas yet, and I’m a little sad to see it gone so soon. Doing Christmas with two littles who just eat up every single second of the fun is the best thing ever. My heart is bursting at the seams with memories I know I’ll cherish forever. This year would have been a good year to finally buy a camera and record the entire day, but alas, we only got away with some blurry iPhone photos. It’ll do, it’ll do! I’ve finally allowed myself to step away from the toy organizing and the cardboard box moving to sit down and reflect on our holiday. So while I continue my You season 2 binge, here’s a brief recap of our Christmas festivities.
I believe when we last left off, we were about to have Ingle family Christmas. (The weekend before Christmas). I’ll keep it short and sweet then get straight to the big day! Last Thursday, my MIL treated myself, my SILs, and Adeline and her two girl cousins to a night out on the town! We took a carriage ride and then went to see White Christmas in an old vintage theater. It was as sweet as you’d imagine and the cousins loved it! As did us big girls!
Last Saturday, we had Ingle Christmas at my in-laws house and we ate, played, opened gifts, and wore ourselves out! The kids had so much fun playing together and it was so sweet seeing Barrett finally be able to somewhat keep up! And by keep up I just mean not be confined to a baby lounger, ha! He’s now running all over the house and the cousins have so much fun entertaining him and following him around.
Fast forward to Christmas Eve Eve.
On Monday night, we attended one of our church’s candlelight services. The campus I work out is our biggest one and I’ve never experienced a candlelight service there so we went to check it out. Turns out, it was beautiful and magical and we loved it. It was also just rewarding to see our hard work and planning come to life. I’ve been in planning meetings for weeks now so seeing it all turn out the way we’d envisioned was a treat.
Tuesday, we made homemade cinnamon rolls and took our first batch over to one of our local fire stations. The firefighters were SO kind, as usual, and gave us a fun tour of their newly built station. And let me tell you, it was the most beautiful fire station I’ve ever seen! (The firefighters were also beautiful, let’s just be honest here.)
Tuesday night, we attended our campus’s candlelight service and our nanny ended up joining us! Adeline of course was thrilled and couldn’t wait to show her around and introduce her to everyone. After the service, we went home, made cookies for Santa, turned on the NORAD Santa Tracker, and went to bed crossing our fingers and toes that Santa would make a visit!
Christmas morning, the kids woke up bright and early and finally got to see what Santa brought them! Annnnd it was the SWEETEST thing ever and they were so, so excited. Being parents at Christmastime is just the most fun thing and I don’t take a single second of it for granted. We are enormously blessed. Adeline got her Barbie Dream House (with a waterslide!) that she’s literally been telling every Santa, and anyone who asks her, that that was the only thing she wanted for Christmas. So, she was pretty pumped. Barrett, got a trampoline and a giant Olaf, among other fun things, from Santa and he couldn’t stop squealing over his Olaf. Most of all though, Adeline couldn’t get over the fact that Santa left candy canes (her FAVORITE Christmas candy) all over the tree. She just couldn’t believe he knew to do that. Ha! What a smart guy he is.
Christmas afternoon, we finished baking another batch of cinnamon rolls and dropped them off at our local police station. Once again, the police officer we gave them to was super nice, and appreciative, and stood to talk with us for a bit. This is one of our favorite traditions we do every Christmas, and the kids (well really just Adeline for now) loves doing it! When we got back home, Adeline begged and begged to play with her new Barbie Dream House for a little bit with me before nap time and my heart could not have been more full.
Christmas night, we invited our nanny over and we did gifts with her, then made coffee, hot chocolate, and dove back into leftover cinnamon rolls. Adeline and Barrett played and played with their new toys, and promptly konked out once it was time for our nanny to head home.
The day after Christmas, I took the kids to Target first thing in the morning to scoop up some good Christmas deals. We came away with just some cheap wrapping paper though, as the shelves were already pretty bare. We spent the rest of the morning mostly attempting to clean and organize, and anxiously awaited my parents’ arrival! My parents got in town after lunchtime, and spent the majority of the weekend with us before starting the drive back to TN Saturday night. We had the best time doing a third Christmas with them, and so wish our visit could have been longer! Adeline and Barrett ATE IT UP.
And that should really bring us to today. We had church yesterday, and today I’m off work so I plan to keep on cleaning and organizing, starting to box up Christmas decor little by little, and hopefully knock out our 2019 family yearbook. I’m thinking I’ll just do another big Chatbook, for the sake of time, and call it a day!
PS I feel so removed from blogging lately and feel like now I’m talking to a ghost town! Hello! Is anybody out there?? Do any of you still read blogs on the reg? I really don’t want to give it up! I’ll be back soon to share my 2020 goals if anyone cares! Ha!
How was your Christmas? Tell me about it! Are your Christmas decorations still up?