We are five days out from Christmas. I’ve finished all of my shopping for the children. I need to get Babe two more things and I need to shop for my Mom. I feel like I’m in a pretty good place in terms of preparation and such. We don’t put any gifts under our tree until after the kids go to bed Christmas Eve night. Oh, they get all of this magic.
I like to create and continue traditions. Babe isn’t always on board, luckily that doesn’t stop me. Oh, you gonna get this tradition like it or not. The one tradition I hold on to is new pajamas. This everyone is on board with, because I believe in exercising creative control I pick them out, I buy them and then I give it to them and make them put it on. They shower Christmas Eve night before bed and then I bestow their new pajamas on them. I know my family so I generally pick them out based on their likes.
This guy and I are two weeks out from being together for 14 years. Lawdamercy!
Another annual tradition that I force on the family is family pictures. I’m a picture junkie, no surprise there. This is another tradition that the family goes along with. Because creative control I decide what we are wearing; to some degree. I always pick the colors and from there I dress myself and the kids. I give input to what Babe is wearing and then I watch the magic happen.
This picture accurately describes our regular family dynamic.
These people get on my last nerve and the twelve I keep on reserve. Conversely, they also make me the happiest I’ve ever been. They make me laugh and they make me cry. He and I made two human beings, that blows my mind. Parenting isn’t easy and it hasn’t been easy and no I wouldn’t do it again but I’ve had the most amazing partner to do it with. I’m forever thankful.
I’m so thankful they have each other. I hope they keep this crazy bond forever.
To know that I grew these two in my body is still quite magical. I felt them move from the inside before I got to meet them. The beat of my heart was their first lullaby. They are smart, even though their smarts gets them in trouble sometimes. They are funny, my gosh they so silly and have the most vivid imagination I’ve ever seen. I wouldn’t trade them in for anything. I can’t wait to see what they become.
I love both of my kids 100% but I love them differently. LittleCuteLips is the life of the party and The ManChild likes to fade into the background. With a seven-year age gap between them, they are in totally different spaces. The ManChild is a teenager now and things are different; our relationship dynamic has changed for the better. I’m so thankful because between age nine and twelve was incredibly rough. LittleCuteLips is three weeks out from turning six and she is the ultimate girly girl. She doesn’t have a care in the world. While they were taking these pictures I was trying not to cry my lashes off. The Manchild is 13 and he is growing by the day it seems. I was looking at his pose and he has this mustache with this deep voice oh and did I mention he is taller than me? Yes, he is about 5’6 right now and he has only been 13 or a month. How sway! LittleCuteLips is so freaking long, I’m certain she is bigger than her brother was at this age. Also, they are eating me out of house and home.
We open gifts at home then lay around for a few hours and play with new items. Then we get dressed and head over to my in-law’s laws and do Christmas all over again. We have a family dinner with them, my brother in law/sister in law and nieces are also there. In recent years my Mom and sister have joined us. We laugh we chat and then open gifts. Then have cocktails and dessert and laugh until the midnight hour when we pack up all the new goodies and go home. Although we do the same routine every year we still look forward to it.
This year has been even better than the last. I’m looking forward to 2018 being even better personally and professionally. Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Hanukkah to you and yours. Did I cover everyone? I hope so if not, Happy Holidays!