Heavens. There is so much to update, as far as all the holiday celebratin', and all the stuff going on afterwards, which mostly involves things like laundry, and going to the movies, and oh yeah, the baby has THRUSH. I've been working on this post for DAYS, in between a visit from Beaux's mom and I can't even remember.
But let's start from the beginning, shall we? Which, officially speaking, was Christmas Eve.
I spent some time working on Thomas' stocking, which was really just a store-bought one that I added felt letters to. Felt letters that I cut with my own two hands, for better or worse.
Crafts = just another way to procrastinate cleaning the house. Which I had to do, since my parents and brother were coming to have a snack supper, after Christmas Eve service at church. Beaux was the donkey (again) in the play at the children's service, which of course Thomas and I could not miss.
There was also someone very special at church -
Who could it be? Who is this kid, who is far too excited about her Charlie Brown Christmas card (that lights up, and really that is why she loves it)?
The Green Bean Kid, of course!
Then it was time for the Candlelight Service, the service I love with my whole heart. This was the first time that I've sat in the congregation instead of the choir, and my mom and dad came, too. It was magical and full of grace, just to have our family all in one place.
Babies and candles don't mix.
After church, my parents and brother gathered at our house, for far too much snack food. I've decided that next year, we've got to cut back on the meatballs. Not that they weren't delicious, but next year my Mom is officially off the hook for Christmas Eve, bless her heart. After everyone left (including my brother's DOG!) we collapsed on the couches and fell asleep.
The next morning, I got up and finished Thomas' stocking while drinking my morning coffee. Our first Christmas morning was very relaxed and easy, just like we hoped for.
I got the loveliest gift from Beaux - a much longed-for superhero necklace! I have worn it every single day since. What a lucky girl I am.
We journeyed down the road for Christmas with my parents and grandparents, and the traditional turkey and dressing Christmas meal. First, of course, was presents - Thomas made out like a bandit - lots of new clothes, and his first set of TRUCKS. He also now possesses a piggy bank bigger than his body, and many loud, electronic burbling toys. Pray for me.
Christmas with a baby is fairly exhausting, simply because everything is out of your routine. I'm so glad we started out the day at our own home, even though it meant that the rest of the day was fractured between mine and Beaux's families. I'm sure we'll figure out how to distribute our time more equally in the future - there's just only SO much time in one small, precious day.
The day after Christmas, I was longing for my Carrie Bell, and so Thomas and I hung out with she and Bella Rose for most of the day. That night, Carrie and I escaped to the movie theater, where we caught P.S. I Love You. I do recommend it - it's not as goofy or sad as the commercials portray. It's really very, very good - definitely the best romantic comedy I've seen in years. Also, the guy who plays Denny from Grey's Anatomy is in it - YUMMY. And best of all, he has an Irish accent. It's fairly impossible not to melt into a puddle with all of that, I tell you.
Since then, it's been all laundry and hanging out at home in my pajamas as much as possible.
I plan on participating in Christina's Create Every Day in January, so today I dedicated myself to working on the cover of my new journal - I'm feeling very inspired and creative lately. A recent documentary on Walter Anderson has spun me into a blissful, wonder-filled state - I feel juicy with possibility.
So, with that, I wish every single darling one of you a lovely, happy New Year!