December wasn’t quite as busy as November.
Our days were still full. Coffee. Work. Toddler nonsense. Family time. And a very merry Christmas.
Let’s start with coffee.
I’m wicked easy to shop for. I will never not need coffee.
Of course, one cup of hot tea cracked the beautiful blue mug at the end, which is what I get for cheating on coffee with tea. Anyone know if this milk trick actually works? Well, I’ll try it and let you know.
The office was filled with holiday cheer this month with nearly two weeks of merry activities and a nice Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day holiday break.
First, we filled ourselves with sweets.
“First” like we didn’t do this the entire two weeks. I certainly did.
Took fun holiday photos.
Shhh! I’m Santa.
And we played elves by giving the office a good cleaning.
The toddler developed a couple less desirable talents. The pterodactyl scream is making a comeback, and fit-throwing is our go-to to get our way. He also can now get himself into these…
“Time to eat, people.”
He had another pretty cute “Time to eat, people” situation before Christmas lunch.
“Don’t talk to me. Don’t read to me. Don’t touch me. Don’t even look at me. Just let me sit in my stroller and watch Peppa. …Mom. Stop taking pictures of me.”
He was pretty pooped (read: cranky) after two play days in a row with his cousins and surviving on a car nap alone.
My husband was able to spend Christmas Eve, Christmas and the two days after the holiday with us before returning to work, so we had plenty of family time this month.
We wrapped presents and watched A Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve. Christmas morning, we headed over to my in-laws’ to celebrate the season.
My toddler had a good haul. Cleaning supplies (so he stays out of mine). A hammer-ball-bonk toy that he’s real into. A boatload of lego duplos for mommy to build and him to destroy. And a car.
His Shocker hat stays on his head for hours at a time — thank you, Grandma — and his Spiderman helmet was only annoying to him for a little bit — thank you, Aunt and Uncle.
Santa brought us a handmade busy book (sewn by the busy little elves at twobusylittlebees.com) and, by the time he opened it, he was too pooped to play with it.
My husband and I gifted each other kitchen things, as we do nearly every holiday. This year, we replaced our nine-year-old blender and found a better way to store knives. The blender is awesome, but we haven’t installed our under-the-cabinet knife storage unit yet.
Mostly because the house was a disaster.
We didn’t even host. Just normal, day-to-day destruction on top of special, holiday destruction.
Our family gifted us experiences this year, too. A renewed membership to the Sedgwick County Zoo and a new membership to Botanica Wichita.
Speaking of Botanica…
We went to see the lights. Alongside the entire state of Kansas. Illuminations was a crowded Christmas Eve Eve holiday adventure — and we’re definitely going on a Tuesday next year — but it was beautiful.
And I got my Santa picture in the knick of time! (Before he went back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas Eve, of course.)
Hope your holidays were merry and bright. Except today, of course. I hope today the lights are dimmed.
Happy New Year.