As promised, I am back with a holiday recap! Last year it took me until January 23rd to recap our holidays, and while I’m still a bit late this year (which is no surprise), it feels a bit less absurd. We’re just finally coming out of the holiday fog and getting back into real life. The cookies have all been eaten, air mattresses deflated, and the decorations are packed up. But the memories and holiday magic still feels so fresh in my mind – this year was a great one!
We travel a lot and visit family all over throughout the year, but we decided last year that, at least while our kids are still so young, we want to spend Christmas in Seattle at our home. We’re just beginning to start our own family traditions, and it’s so fun finding all the holiday adventures here in our area.
Our Christmas officially kicked off on the 22nd, when Grandma (and her fiancé, Jim!) arrived! Both boys just loved having them here. On their first day here, we took a trip to the Space Needle to go see Santa in his rocket ship (a fun tradition we discovered last year!). We got this amazing commemorative photo!
Cullen was so excited to tell Santa all about the garbage truck he hoped to get, and to take a ride in the rocket ship. Graham thought this Santa was even worse than the first one. Maybe next year!
On Christmas Eve, Cullen and my mom spent hours baking delicious Finnish Fingers – a childhood Christmas staple in my house growing up!
And I spent most of the afternoon working on our Christmas Eve dinner! We had a nice spread of mashed potatoes with vegan mushroom gravy, roasted Brussels sprouts and green beans, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, and Field Roast celebration roast. Absolutely delicious!
Annual family Christmas photo! I love this group so much. We missed my older sister and her family, but with two little kids herself, we were happy they were celebrating in their own house too.
Such a nice treat to have Sarah join us again this year! The boys love her, and I got spoiled by having company on my daily walks with the pups.
We stayed up much later than intended on Christmas Eve, as the “simple” train set I bought for the boys ended up taking three hours to assemble. Parenting right of passage, right? I mostly just watched. :)
Christmas morning came early, and Cullen couldn’t wait to come downstairs. He was adamant that he wanted a very particular garbage truck that had a side loading lever, so that is exactly what he got! Graham got a few new trucks to add to the mix as well.
Which were, of course, stolen immediately. Saw that one coming!
Last year, Cullen was super overwhelmed by gifts and doing everything too quickly. So my plan for this year was to just go super slow and follow the kids’ lead. We opened books and spent lots of time reading them…
And ate a delicious breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and yummy fruit salad.
And when all the presents had been opened, I attempted to give one more gift to myself – a cute picture of the boys together on Christmas!
Or not. Stinkers.
My mom and Jim left the following Saturday, which was also Casey’s birthday! It was so nice having them in town.
The next time we see them we’ll be in Ohio for their wedding!
And just as my family departed, Casey’s arrived!
We had a strange cold spell the entire time Casey’s parents were here – it was so sunny and gorgeous out but it was really cold, at least by Seattle standards. I kept dragging the family out anyway, determined to breathe in some fresh air.
We ended up spending a lot of time at home during their visit, simply because the kids were just too cold outside (wimps!!). I took advantage of all the helpers around the house by taking lots of long walks with the dogs and trying out a new yoga studio. It was glorious!
On New Year’s Eve, we finished out 2014 with a ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island just as the sun was rising.
Chilly but so so beautiful. I love it here so much!
We spent New Year’s Eve surrounded by friends in the early evening, and then curled up on the couch watching the ball drop that night. Casey and I stay up every year despite hating ourselves for it the next day.
On New Year’s Day, Mimi and Grandpa headed home after a wonderful visit. We were so lucky to have both of our families travel across the country to see us this year, and it made for such a special and memorable holiday.
These two are readjusting to life with mom during the day, after being completely spoiled by two weeks of constant snuggling, book reading, and endless attention. The holidays are getting more and more fun with each passing year!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season as well. I’m sad that it’s over, but I’m already looking forward to all the fun that this spring and summer will bring.
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