This was a good Christmas for me. For all of us, really. I bought most of the gifts and didn't make as many new decorations. Tried not to spread myself too thin and just enjoy the time with the kids. I took the time when I would have been sewing to help Max and Lola make gifts. Sweet little wonky ornaments and vases that you just can't not love.
Even though it was more laid back I still made a couple things. You can see what I made in the past here, here and here. This year I made homemade chocolate hazelnut spread. Oh. My. Gosh. It was yum. I don't even have a Vitamix and it was out of this world delicious. I found tiny packages of shortbread cookies at the store, and included those, and a little wooden spreader with each gift.
Max is doing a lot of writing, mainly without any help. I just can't get enough of his sweet little handwriting- how words don't have to be in the correct order or even on the same line. And how he sounds out words. Love. So I created stationery for each of the grandparents. I had Max write out "From the Desk Of" and then each name. I am positive there is an easy way to do this, but I outlined every one of those letters in Photoshop and pieced together the documents. Then I just printed them on nice cardstock.
We hosted another great dinner with family. The menu on Christmas Eve is not to be altered. Kapusta (cabbage soup), mashed potatoes, rye bread, honey filled wafers and sparkling juice.
I adore John's grandpa. He turned 85 just before Christmas. When John was little, grandpa would do a magic show for all the kids on Christmas Eve. To honor and celebrate him, we decided to do a magic show for him. Max really got into it.
Learning from the master. The new generation has a lot to learn... but Max caught on quick.
Late that night Santa came...
Santa forgot stocking stuffers for mommy and daddy... I ended up with a lint roller and a jar of raisins.
They both slept in on Christmas, yeah! Then we got dressed for party #2.
This one is called, A Girl and her Grandmas.
I have no idea what is happening here. Burning off all the candy?
A girl after my own heart...
We went back to my parents for new jammies, a slumber party, and Christmas #3. They are watching Frozen- Lola was so ticked it was just on TV.
And more presents the next morning!
"Is the sun out"
And finally back home. With Lola napping, John and Max Legoing...
And some me time with a gorgeous new cookbook, planning a little holiday detox.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!