December seemed to fly by... as it always does each year. However, this year seemed to have an extra blur factor to it. After we returned from our Punta Cana vacation, Nick started a new job after being with his old company for 15+ years before it sold this past year. It's been an adjustment for all of us, including new schedules, routines, and more. We also tried to squeeze in as much fun as we could before departing for our annual Massachusetts trip.
Before we get started, if anyone needs Girl Scout cookies, you can find Georgia's digital site HERE. There is a great option for direct shipping this year and from what we've seen, it's also super fast! If you live near us, just click on the link that allows us to deliver them straight to your house - Georgia would love to bring you some cookies!
Flashing back to December...
|Visiting the winter lights at Seneca Park|
|Not surprisingly, Grant was #notimpressed by his winter sing along at school! Feliz Navi... did not. At least he didn't cry!|
|Fred the Elf joined us for another year of adventures (and jumps out of bed at 6am to make sure he journeyed to his next location!)|
|Santa Claus came to visit our neighborhood with the local fire department|
|Georgia introduced Grant to all of our favorite Christmas movies!|
|I celebrated #38... ain't getting any younger!|
|We loved asking Alexa to play holiday tunes for us to dance to most nights!|
|Annual gingerbread party with our neighbors|
|Chaperoning Georgia's field trip to the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum|
Early on the morning of the 23rd, we started our annual trek north to New England. Luckily, most of my crew slept while I drove us up to Connecticut. Nick took over the driving while we negotiated an ice storm and some slow traffic the rest of the way. We made it to Mimi's safely and my children immediately started playing with their favorite new toys of the week... Papa's video poker machines!
|My favorite little gamblers|
|Up and down the stairs 3,980 times a day|
|Making cupcakes for Christmas|
We got back to Mimi's house and got dressed in our new Christmas jammies for 2017...
|Christmas Eve 2017|
Compared to last year, Grant was all in for Christmas this year. I'm sure by next year, he'll be a pro.
|One last look at the tree before heading to bed|
We awoke to a winter wonderland on Christmas morning. Ironically, I was the first one up. I figured the kids would be up at the crack of dawn, but around 7:30am, I still hadn't heard any little feet running around so I headed upstairs to check out the situation... and to just enjoy the quiet of a beautiful tree with snow falling outside.
Though we eventually had to wake Grant, Georgia was more than willing to wake up for presents from Santa!
Christmas morning was double the fun this year with Grant quickly grasping the concept of ripping open presents and finding new treasures to love. For Grant, it was the year of Elmo, a vacuum cleaner (that he LOVES), lots of trucks and toys that make noise (send me strength), airplanes, Little People toys, a new basketball hoop, and a new bus and fire truck to cruise around on.
For Georgia, this was the year of the LOL Surprise dolls, more Shopkins, Fingerlings, a magical fairy wand, and Wonder Woman gear.
My favorite image from Christmas morning was one of pure joy. I know the years of Georgia believing in the full magic of Christmas are limited, so I wanted to soak in every second of her excitement. Of course, monkey see/monkey do. So, if Georgia is excited about something, so is Grant...
|Who knew Operation could cause such elation!??!|
After the crazy of Christmas morning was over, it was onto playing with as many toys as humanly possible within the next few hours!
|Waiting for Grant to wake up from his nap!|
|Huge hugs for Nathan|
|Playing with Murphy and Mr. Mike|