We did have a great Christmas, even if it was more rushed and full of allergies than we would have liked.
Before we even went anywhere, though, we had stuff to do at home...
We also gave one to the mailman. We waited for him one afternoon (to make sure it was our regular guy, too!), and then ran out when he was approaching our house. Aiden ran, holding the jar (with me behind hoping he did not drop it!), yelling "Merry Christmas!!" And let me tell you, that mailman was grinning and taken by surprise and said to us, "You all just made my day." And that most certainly made mine!
We went to KY and WV for Christmas to be with all of our parents (there are four sets, so divide that up between 10 days, and it can get pretty busy!). Our first full day in KY, we visited with my great grandmother, who turned 92 in January. I had to hold back tears during the whole visit and afterward... Seeing her and just talking and hanging out really made me miss being back closer to all of my extended family. Made me miss "home."
Does she not look absolutely amazing at 92 years old?!
(I hope this runs in the family...)
Family stop #1 - My dad, stepmom, and sister
My sister and my son... We took this because they accidentally matched. I love it because I never realized how much they look alike! It's kind of crazy, and I'm not sure how I didn't see it before!
Cousins. Two of my brother's kids hanging out with mine. They even make the same goofy faces...
Aiden checking out the gifts I made for all the grandparents.
This is my mom and stepdad. Christmas morning.
Friends. BEST Friends. I'm lucky to have these folks in my life.
More people to make me miss "home."
These little guys almost have no choice but to be best friends.
Good thing they don't seem to mind!
They spent two entire evenings just running around the house together.
Such a joy to see!
Ryan's mom opening her homemade grandparent gift.
And his dad and stepmom, too.
(Note to self, taking a break from pictures to
enjoy the moments means you come home with less pictures, wishing you took more.)
We had a blast, got to see a lot of folks not pictured, and just enjoyed being with family for the holidays. Part of it was sad for me because, for the second year in a row, we had to miss extended family gatherings on my mom's and dad's sides of the family. (I have a huge family. Christmas is the only time I get to see much of them, since we live in another state. Unfortunately, Christmas gatherings with all of them happened when we weren't able to be there due to school schedules, etc. That was a bit tough.) It was nice getting home, though. Aiden got homesick while we were traveling, and after a couple nights kept saying he wanted to be back home in his own bed. Who knows, maybe one day we won't have to travel so much to see our family...
Now on to the new year! I've got lots of posts to get on here soon!! There are some awesome giveaways in the works already. Always lots going on. Just wish there was lots more time, right?! ;)