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Our 2015 Christmas

Depending on my schedule and mood sometimes I really don’t have the desire to blog, but there are some events I will force myself to do so that when I’m 60 and my babies are traveling the world and can’t be home for Christmas I can read each one of them and then cry myself to sleep. Just kidding, kind of, let’s just hope if and when that happens CJ and are somewhere warm sipping margaritas.

This year along with the last few with having kids it has been us trying to iron out and establish what we want to make as our little family traditions and what works with our kids being so little. We always used to visit our families since we lived out of state, but now especially with two kiddos we are staying home for Christmas. What I’ve realized along with most things it’s a lot of give and take with the kids and it seemed like the food preparation and dishes was endless, but you can’t have a celebration without good food, am I right?!?

We went to church on Christmas Eve Eve and then we were able to just hang out and relax on Christmas Eve. We decorated Christmas cookies that day (the third time!) so we had some fresh ones for Santa and for ourselves of course. One of our traditions is doing fondue on Christmas Eve along with having each of the kids open their Christmas pajamas and a book. I got them non Christmas books and we read them before bed, but it just felt weird that they weren’t Christmas related so from now on I’m reading them a Christmas book.

I felt horrible on Christmas morning because any kid should be able to wake up extra early and see what Santa brought them, but that night Jonas wasn’t feeling well and was coughing up a storm and as a result hardly slept. So I told CJ to make Nola stay in her room until he woke up. Kind of terrible I know, but I wasn’t going to miss Nola seeing her gifts. And I wasn’t going to wake up a sick 11 month baby who finally was sleeping. Don’t feel too bad, he was up by 7:30 and all was well. And truth be told I still don’t think Nola fully got that once we got downstairs there was going to be presents, she just wanted to watch a movie, ha! It was a fun morning opening and playing with their new toys and eating yummy food. Later in the afternoon we went to my parents and I was pretty excited because Nola had no idea there was going to be more presents for her. Let’s just put it this way, Santa was put to shame by all the gifts she got later on. And to top it off they got to open some more the next day from CJ’s parents.

Though we all know gifts are far from the true meaning of Christmas it is my greatest hope we always teach and remind our kids what the true meaning of Christmas is. On Christmas I made a box cake and Nola decorated it and later that day we lit candles and sang ‘happy birthday to Jesus’. I am so thankful for the birth of Jesus!

Here’s some photos of our December and Christmas if you care to see: DSC_0240 love getting out the little people nativity set out to help talk about christmas with the kids. this advent book by ann voskamp is also great to read leading up to christmas, however i think this is better suited for kids a little older.  DSC_0003 copy this sums up my life currently with jonas. love that boy! DSC_0007 nola was such a great helper decorating the tree this year!  DSC_0012 love this sweet spot of ornaments! but lets be real here i eventually spread those babies out.  DSC_0038 nola before her school christmas program DSC_0013 highly recommend doing a hot chocolate bar during the holiday season! DSC_0046 our christmas eve fondue tradition with sparkling grape juice
DSC_0072 how it normally is taking a picture with these two…so ridiculous DSC_0066 best one we could do!  DSC_0061 DSC_0076 DSC_0098 the next morning jonas with his guitar…this kid loves music!! DSC_0078 nola’s new playhouse!! DSC_0209 i love this photo, nola and her goofy face and jonas feeling so proud he’s included with all the cousins DSC_0180 my handsome men DSC_0163 DSC_0131

Keeping It Real Here During the Holiday Season

Hey Guys!  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We have so much to be thankful for this year and amazed by God’s love and undeserved blessings He keeps pouring on our family.  We were able to spend time with my Husband’s family this year in North Carolina.  It was great catching up with everybody and Nola had a wonderful time.  For all of you who have both sides of your family living close by you are very lucky!!  Visiting family or hosting during the Holidays are all great things, but it involves a lot more planning and work.  I sometimes get envious, not going to lie.  The great thing was we celebrated Christmas early and it was just as fun, even if it was a month early.  Good thing because we are really starting to think that our Christmases’ need to be celebrated at our home with our little fam bam.

We decided to drive (why oh why are flights so expensive during the Holiday season!!  shaking fist up in the air) but we couldn’t have asked for a better drive to and from and Nola was amazing!  The trip back however, I feel kind of did me in emotionally and physically.  I was so tired and just felt overwhelmed with all the stuff I wanted to do for the Christmas Season.

Christmas Cards, getting and decorating the Christmas tree and putting together the advent calendar are pretty time sensitive things that either need to be done NOW, in my opinion, or it just doesn’t pay to do, especially with the baby coming.  So when we got home I got busy and felt stressed getting those things all together.  What helped me cope with the things I wanted to accomplish before Christmas was we scaled back on family activities we were hoping to do for advent, our tree is more of collaboration of what we had on hand have versus the vision of what I hoped it would be and our advent calendar starts on December 4th.  That’s my life friends.

Honestly one thing I have going for me is I normally don’t stress about those things and was surprised how I was feeling.  Can I blame being in my third trimester?  🙂 I hate that I let it get to me like it did and take away from what this Christmas Season is all about.  For some advent activities we are donating to our local food shelter, bringing items to Ronald McDonald House and going through clothes and toys to donate.  I would love any other suggestions on activities you do with your kiddos on teaching them the meaning of giving and serving.  To be fair since Nola is only 2 she is a bit young to fully understand all of this, but I think it’s still a great thing to start young.

Thanks for letting me vent a little and I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful time of the year and OK scaling back if you are starting to feel stressed out!

Here’s a photo of our Nola girl that Uncle Matt took while we were in NC.

Nola