good morning! hope you all had a very merry christmas last week! we enjoyed a nice relaxing (well as relaxing at it goes with three kids) day here together in new york. i don’t think anything can really top a christmas with little kids. the night before, when josh was making ginger cookies with eleanor and samson in the kitchen to christmas music while i was nursing conrad to sleep in the other room, the energy was just insane with “christmas spirit.” haha! cheesy as it sounds, it was happening. i loved it.
eleanor and samson left a plate of cookies and a mexican coke (oh yeah!) on the coffee table for santa claus and then even though it was far past their bedtime, they kept wanting to read more and more christmas books together and i just couldn’t say no, so we stayed up extra late all cuddled together by eleanor’s bed reading stories. and then once they finally were asleep and all was quiet, josh and i enjoyed stuffing stockings and hanging out together talking about plans for 2016.
our big christmas gift to one another was booking a family trip to australia for this january and we are going bonkers with excitement as we plan it! it’s been the top of our list for ages now and we decided we just needed to book it and go this year, before eleanor begins kindergarten in the fall. it’s summer in australia right now, too, which is exactly when we want to enjoy it. so we’ll be heading that way in a few weeks (to sydney, the great barrier reef and also melbourne) and we can’t wait. it’s been fun in the evenings to plan it together. if you’ve been, i would so love any recommendations you might have for any of those places. you guys always know the best spots and places to recommend. thank you in advance!
christmas morning in our apartment was extra special because samson and eleanor decided to sleep in a little! it was actually kind of bizarre because that never happens (usually when they stay up past their bedtimes they still somehow wake up at the same time every morning.) once samson woke up, we decided to all wake up eleanor together because i couldn’t let samson into the front room to see what santa brought without his sister! (issues of having a small apartment.) when all three little ones came out together, samson excitedly exclaimed when he saw the eaten cookies and the empty coke bottle, “eleanor, check this out!” haha! it was very sweet.
i just love this time of year and the chance we have to reflect on our savior’s birth, to take note of our blessings and the joy around us, and to share gifts with those we love. it’s the best way to end the year and i hope you all had a wonderful holiday as well. a few photos we snapped of our christmas morning below (ps. for all of you interested in our matching christmas jammies, they are 60% off right now on hanna andersson!)
he can never escape the kisses! those cheeks were truly made extra soft and squishy for my kissing! i can’t help myself!!!!!!!! look at him!
salted caramels from my love. each and every last one was delicious! it’s the right way to end 2015. with as much sugar as i can ….because i’m going to be saying goodbye to most of it in the new year. :( …. (i shouldn’t put that frowny face there, because i’m actually really excited about it! and i’ve been wanting to do it for a while now. i’ll have to share more about it later…)
finally, a crepe pan! and for the crepe master himself! this guy has become quite the pro at making crepes for us, since eleanor requests them almost daily. figured it was about time we had the proper equipment for such a thing. and since josh tends to get really into kitchen gadgets and dishes and cookware, it was kind of perfect. ;) just look at his face!
did we tell you that when we got so sick the last few days of our peru trip in october, we didn’t know what to do with the kids while we laid in our hotel beds all helpless while occasionally racing to the bathroom toilet. so josh decided it was the perfect time to start a star wars movie marathon! he downloaded several of the old star wars movies for them on the iPad and we let them basically just have a full day in our hotel room of watching the old star wars movies. (i don’t know how i felt about it at the time, but josh and i both were too sick to really do anything else for them, besides ordering them food.) they are now as obsessed as you can get. which makes josh super happy. i’ve actually never even seen any of those star wars movies all the way through. once i asked eleanor which one i should watch if i were to watch one. she said, “hmmmm. probably number six.” i asked her what happens in number six. she replied, “well, i would tell you, but you’d probably get too excited!!!!” haha! i loved that. anyway, safe to say a few star wars themed gifts were a huge hit this christmas.
when all of conrad’s gifts somehow made it into samson’s hands! haha. fortunately conrad didn’t seem to mind.
also, headphones with a speaker on them. per eleanor’s request via her letter to santa. these have been a big hit the past few days, too! because we are always pretend operating a space shuttle or airplane or some kind of controls system and needing to finish our sentences with “over.” she also likes to facetime with them plugged into the phone!
i love this family of mine so much, and i’m so excited to see where 2016 takes us! hope you had a very merry christmas!!!! and also, don’t forget i’d love any and all of your recommendations for our australia trip happening in a few weeks if you have anything to share! thanks so much for taking the time! xoxo