Yes, it’s February. Yes, it’s way past Christmas. And yes, I’ve been slacking on posting lately. I do apologize, but hope I can make it up to you with a few posts over the next few weeks. I have lots on which to catch you up!
But back to good ole December… You know… Early winter when we hadn’t gotten much snow; the kids hadn’t missed any school for snow days, and the temperature hadn’t dropped into the single digits. Ah… the good ole days.
So after a wonderfully relaxing Christmas at Nana and Papa’s, we headed out to West Virginia to see Meema and the rest of my family. Jen, Scott, Hayes and Rhys joined us, and we got to celebrating yet another Christmas. When all the cousins are together, craziness ensued, and this was no exception.
Meema loves having all her grandkids together!
Rhys definitely wanted to get in on the action.
We had to get outside while we could! Family walks are the best.
Family pictures are pretty good too (when everyone looks at the same time!)
The action finally got to him.
After all the fun outside and in Meema’s cool kid-focused basement, it was time for more presents. We had so much to be thankful for this year. I am always amazed at my sister’s ability to give truly thoughtful gifts. And Meema spoils the kids (and us) with lots of fun stuff. But I love just watching everyone open their presents. We are a “one-at-a-time” family so it takes a little longer, but it’s definitely worth it!
Hayes tried so hard to be patient waiting for his next turn.
And Mason loves being the “gifter” making sure everyone has one to open for their next turn.
Best Gift Ever! This is for Meema’s porch. And yes, it is a necessary reminder.
After presents, a delicious dinner, long and tedious bedtime routines, the grown-ups finally got to settle down with a beer or glass of wine. Much needed after the long day. By Sunday it was raining and the husbands had to head home. Scott left around lunch to get back for work while the rest of us went bowling. Good rainy day fun! Sadly, Jeremy left late Sunday night to get back for work. His flight was majorly delayed, and I was thankful to have Meema join me on the long drive to BWI and for Jen to get my kids to bed. Another long day!
One of my favorite parts of being a realtor is the flexibility. It is the main reason I took the job. It means I can work from anywhere and still enjoy trips, time with my family, and extended holidays. Since the kids didn’t have to be back in school until January 2nd and real estate slows down a bit, we decided to stay with my mom for a couple of extra days. That allowed us more time with Meema, Jen, Rhys and Hayes and some time to see a few old friends. A cold day at the playground with Annie and kids, a quick hang out with the Hucks and a yummy lunch with the Goldsteins. We were in the car a lot, but worth it.
We spent our New Year’s Eve away from Jeremy, but I think he enjoyed his time alone testing the kids’ new Skylanders game at home. Meanwhile, Mason, Cooper, Meema, Jerry and I ate Tommy’s Pizza while watching “Super Buddies.” (I must love my kids a lot to have watched two of the “Buddies” movies with them!) We had an 8pm midnight for the kids and then the grownups watched “New Year’s Eve.” A chill night, but there was no need for anything grande. I was eager to be able to start heading home and back to our routine the next day. Surprisingly, we hit no traffic on the way home on New Year’s Day. I was a little bummed we had to get straight back to work and school the next day, but Mother Nature must have heard my woes because she dumped a major snowstorm on us the next day causing the kids’ school to close early and to have a snow day on Friday. Much needed rest (and celebration for Coop’s birthday!)
We loved our visit with everyone and loved our three Christmases. Who knows how many more years we’ll be doing that, but for now, it works. We’re just grateful that our families are so awesome and that we can still travel to see them fairly easily. We’re keeping old traditions alive while also making new ones, and that is the perfect mix for me!