This Christmas felt like someone pressed the fast forward button. It was like I blinked and it was over. I hate to say it but I would like to get back to normal as soon as possible. The kids are still hyped up on sugar and the house still looks like a bomb went off in it. I look forward to going to church on Christmas Eve as a family. It is a guarantee that we’ll all be able to go, except that Wheaton Bible had times at 3, 5 and 7. 3:00 is at the tail end of when Gia naps (I did try to put her down earlier but she was having none of that) and if you have ever had to wake a sleeping toddler, well…you know that you pay dearly for it. 5:00 was cutting it close since my mom was having dinner on the table at 6:00 and Leo and I had to go back home to get the other car since we had to take two cars to my mom’s in order to get Gia’s gift home. Obviously 7:oo wasn’t going to work. So we didn’t end up going to church. I rationalized this in my head by telling myself that I would have ended up outside with Gia anyway so one more year and she’ll be ready to sit through it (or go into the childcare). Instead of going to church, we all watched the story of Ben Wilson. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like watching the story of a high school basketball star getting killed before he could really shine. I had to reapply my make-up and pull myself together before we could leave.
We headed to my parents’ house for a lovely time with family that I don’t get to see very often. After 27 tries, we finally got a family picture:
After wrapping and setting up the gifts (I don’t wrap Gia’s), it was 2:00am.
I took more videos than pictures because my camera wouldn’t cooperate and now I can’t get my videos to upload.
Christmas Day back at my parents’ house:
I am about ready to turn in my $500 camera for a $70 point and shoot. I don’t have the time to really learn how to use it and my pictures are coming out hit or miss.
All in all, my favorite part of this holiday was having all of my kids with me and having Leo home. I am ready to stop eating cookies and candy canes and get back to a normal sleeping schedule (was I ever on one?). I am looking forward to the last year of a New Year’s Eve tradition. I am going to try to not let the rage of having a basketball tournament over the New Year’s holiday get to me (but I am totally boycotting as I have every single year that we’ve had one) and just enjoy that until they are in college, New Year’s Eve will be for family.
Have a great New Year’s celebration and I’ll see you all back after the holiday! Thanks again for reading and making me think my dream of being a published writer is not out of reach. I appreciate each and every one of you that takes the time to read and comment!