I'm a day late and a dollar short on the timeliness of this post, but if let timing dictate my post subjects, well, I may never write again! Off I go about Christmas, which was all the more special this year with the presence of our darling Roman.
As I mentioned in my last post, Christmas was a month long extravaganza. We sang carols, we watched movies, we made snowflakes - the only thing I never got around to was baking my well loved raspberry shortbread cookies (#nextyeargoals). The Christmas season is fraught with tradition and it was so unbelievably exciting to share them all with Roman. I know, I know, as an infant he neither understands "holidays" nor will ever remember December 2016, but to look back and show him how we enjoyed this time together is important to me. It's good establishment for our future relationship [ROMAN, CALL YOUR MOTHER].
As December 25th drew near it became clear that it would be a very busy weekend. There was a lot we wanted to do and many people to celebrate with! We kicked off the festivities with Friendmas at Randi and Eric's house. I said it once, and I'll say it again, I'm so happy they were in town! There is just something about them that brings out the belly laughs. In fact, it was their house where Roman first honored us with his straight-from-the-tummy chortle. Friendmas night was no different. We laughed straight through an absolutely awful Christmas horror movie. We also exchanged gifts and had an excellent lasagna dinner. We talked freely, sat comfortably, and enjoyed a very merry evening.
The next day was Christmas Eve, and our celebration with my mom and family. My aunt and uncle, freshly settled in WA from traveling all over the country last year, joined us for a delectable brunch. Now, at my mom's house I still have my childhood stocking that my parents bought for me when I was a toddler. I had zero input on the purchase, and it is therefore absolutely, unquestionably not my fault that it is 4 ft long! They thought it was funny I had a stocking bigger than I was. I suppose, though, I could have been a little less demanding that it be filled to the brim every year... In retaliation my mom took it upon herself to buy Roman's stocking - one for me to fill for him - and seriously you guys I could fit in this thing! Excuse me, but I'd like to lodge a complaint at the Passive Aggressive Gift Giving Department!
All super sized stockings aside, we had a very fun afternoon. We played a hilarious game called "Say Anything" where we let our filters down for awhile. Poor Nana, she spent as much time shaking her head and rolling her eyes at her indecent offspring as she did playing the game. Soon, though, we had to say our goodbyes so the football fans in the family could enjoy their games and Troy, Roman, and I could get a move on. We had a coast to drive to!
We had grand ideas of spending 2 lazy days with my mother in law at her coast house. Every time we go there we get a chance to fully decompress; we leave feeling rejuvenated. Troy and I were in desperate need of relaxation especially after a taxing fight earlier in the week. It was definitely alluring, the dream of waking up on Christmas morning with nowhere to go and no frantic time frame. Alas, we just couldn't come to terms forsaking the rest of our family. My brother in law was hosting a Christmas morning get together at his house where the kids could open all of their presents. So after driving 3 hours on Christmas Eve to get to the coast, we woke up early and hastily piled into the car for another 1 1/2 drive to my brother in laws house.
It was worth it! Christmas just wouldn't be the same without having all the family together. My niece very patiently waited for everyone to arrive before opening her presents. We had an excellent time building legos with her and learning the names of her new Shopkins (some legit genius is raking in the dough having done nothing but giving faces and names to inanimate objects, like Connie the Controller). Roman got passed around to all of his doting relatives, and almost engaged with his cousins. Only a couple more months and they will be playing, I'm so stoked for that day!
Early afternoon we made our trek back to the coast. The next 24 hours were spent in the relaxation zone we were looking for. We sat in the hot tub and stared at the stars, we ate and ate and ate, and we exchanged gifts with each other and Troy's mom. Troy being the stealthy little liar he is (he lamented again and again that he hadn't gotten anything for me) almost brought me to tears with a gift certificate for a much needed massage at a fancy spa.
Probably one of the best parts of the whole weekend happened when I was writing in a card for my mother in law. Christmas Eve after we settled in at the coast, she and I got into some heavy conversation about some things she went through as a teenager (you know, the usual Christmas Eve hot topics). It was about here that Troy called me over to write in her card. I was tired from the long day, these sad stories were swirling around in my head, and when I read back my message it said:
"Merry Christmas Nancy! We are so sorry to be celebrating with you!"
I blinked for a second and burst out laughing. Troy read it and HE burst out laughing. I quickly added a "not what I meant! Not what I meant!" post script, and sealed it in the envelope still chuckling. Nancy couldn't wait to get this card. When we finally came around to it SHE burst out laughing, and all of us will remember the Christmas that I was SO SORRY to be celebrating with her!
So that about wraps up our Christmas, 4 celebrations in just as many days! What an awesome holiday season. As Roman gets bigger it will only get better from here.