Also, I guess I'm going to have to make this Christmas thing a three-parter, which seems pretty ridiculous now that we're a week into January, but I have all these pictures and there was just so much Christmas-ing this year, I can't help it! Especially now, that we have Louie, I want to make sure to get all this down, so we really remember the last Christmas we had as a little family of 3. Already it all seems like a LIFETIME ago, of course. What a trip this all is, being parents again... to a brand new kid... totally uprooting our "normal".
So part 3, i.e. the actual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day celebrations, are coming soon. Hopefully. Dan IS going back to work tomorrow (OMG) and I officially will be mothering two children on my own (OMG), so... yeah. Let's hope I can make it happen.
Just as we do every year, we spent December 23rd, Christmas Eve eve, with Dan's family. It's SUCH a different dynamic than Christmas with my parents and brothers, it makes me giggle just thinking about what the members of each family would think of if they had a chance to participate in the other family's holiday gathering. It is the yin and yang of Christmas, really truly.
It's a gourmet brunch pulled together from a number of fancy cookbooks vs. a delicious, but low key, spread of chicken legs, buffalo chicken egg rolls, meatballs, cheese trays and other appetizers.
It's slowly opening one gift at a time, youngest to oldest vs. every man, woman, and child for him or herself gift wrap tearing MANIA.
It's sitting around the table sipping coffee, talking and laughing and engaging in lively debates about healthcare and STD testing vs. gathering around a toddler's new Cars race track and cheering on the person who can shake the race car the most efficiently to produce the longest run.
It's quietly snuggling on the couch, reading a book to my son while Ben rambles on and on about Words With Friends vs. helping Gus put sprinkles on a fun fetti cupcake and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus with my nephews.
And you know what? I feel equally lucky to be able to be a part of both families, and experience such equally awesome yet different versions of Christmas.
On that note... on with the pictures from Christmas with my in-laws.
The cutest most adorable walking 10 month old little lady e-ver.
Gus appears to be playing nicely with his cousin, but soon he will decide that she's too much in his bubble, and deserves a monster truck in the face. Not cool my son. Thankfully Dan has quick reaction times and caught the monster truck in mid flight.
Following that incident we have this... looks like he's super remorseful and learning a lot on his time-out on Grandma's bed, huh? Oy vay.
After singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. Cupcake devoured in about 15 seconds flat.
Nephews patiently waiting for GO TIME.
Thomas legos! Had to be opened immediately, of course.
The infamous race track. Dan and I got it for my nephew, it takes up a lot of space, and is sort of loud. I feel a little bad now... his parents probably would have preferred jammies and some small cars. :)
When we got home at like 10:00 PM, Gus stayed up a little longer playing with his new toys... his Thomas legos, motorcycle, and helicopter. He was so excited and we couldn't resist his enthusiasm. Nor can I say no to a kid who looks that freaking adorable in his Christmas jammies.
I seriously can't resist babies (he's still a baby right?!) in pajamas.