I’m a little late on this post, but it’s been a very jam packed December. I’ve been so busy with work, and every weekend I try to make up for it by filling our weekends with family activities and quality time together. It doesn’t always ease the mama guilt, but it helps.
Christmas, as many of you know, is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the decorations, the music, the clothes, all of it. This is our second Christmas in our home, and this year with the fireplace, it just feels more magical.
This year we went back to the tree farm that my co-worker and friend owns. We opted for a Noble Fir for the first time, and I’m completely hooked. I have less allergies with this tree, and the needles are staying on the tree, instead of in a pile on my floor.
This is Piglet’s go to expression. Cracks me up every time!
Match and Piglet adding the final touches on the tree.
My heart is sad that this is our first Christmas without our furbaby, Oscar. But he has ornaments all over the tree.
I bought us matching jammies this year, and I’m pretty sure this will be our new tradition. I can’t get enough of them, and Piglet loves that we all match.
We even wore our matching jammies when we took pictures with Santa. Nevermind that I look like a giant in this picture. Santa’s elf asked me to sit on his lap, and it messes with the angle. But it was worth it to see Piglet smile like that!
Here’s the rest of our Christmas touches around the house. This was my first year with the Disney village, courtesy of my stepmom. I especially love Beauty and the Beast, which happens to be one of my favorite Disney movies.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Olaf door, and of course the hanging snowflakes.
We didn’t do much to deck out the outside of the house. I’m terrible at hanging lights, so I did a little stream along our rock river. Match promised next year to do more for the outside.
Tomorrow is the kickoff to my mini-staycation. I’m off from Friday through Tuesday. Piglet and I have a fun filled day planned, starting with baking Christmas cookies in our matching jammies. This is the best time of year! Do you have any Christmas plans? Did you deck your halls?
Tonight was our Tech Department’s Christmas party. Being in my new leadership role, this was the first time I organized a party as what my team affectionately (or not so affectionately) call me, “bosslady”.
It took awhile for the team, and the department as a whole, to warm up to the new changes. But I think the easy talk, laughing and general merriment tonight was a sign of how we’re grown. I am happy to be working with this crew, and I’m feeling a stronger sense of connection. We cracked up during the Dirty Santa game. I ended up with a pair of men’s size Star Wars boxers. I’m pretty sure I’ll be re-gifting those next year!
My little elf stole the evening with his cuteness. This will be my first year working the Christmas break since I started with the school district. I’m taking 2 days off work which will turn out to be 5 days off due to where Christmas lands. I’m so excited for some down time with my little guy, and with Match, though he doesn’t get to take any time off this year.
Last weekend we experienced the Oregon Zoo Lights. It was not the best night to go, since the weekend was crazy busy. But it was the only night we could go with Old Married Couple. I’m sad to say they’re moving back to California, now that they’re finally having a baby. I’m so happy for them, but I’m so sad we won’t get to have them close by, and watch their baby grow up. Sure we’ll visit, but I’m still really going to miss them.
Hoping you’re all enjoying the joys of the season, and not too much of the stress.
On the first weekend of December, we took Piglet to meet Santa. I feel like I failed as a mother for not introducing him to Santa when he was a baby. I don’t have that classic baby crying in Santa’s arms photo. I also sort of love that when he first met Santa, he understood a bit more about him. He has seen some Christmas movies, and he has that little boy imagination. I wondered how he would react when he actually met him in person.
First, he was so excited that Santa was at a converted train depot. While we waited in line, a little Christmas elf passed out popcorn to the kids. We brought along our friend Fliz, Piglet’s favorite “Auntie”. They had fun waiting in line together.
Then it was time to meet the big guy. Piglet marched right up to him and introduced himself and shook Santa’s hand. It was so darn cute! I love that he’s this tiny little gentleman. When he came back, I asked him if he told Santa what he wanted for Christmas and he said, “No I just said hi my name is Wyatt.” I love that he’s not at the “gimme gimme” stage. He was just happy to meet him!
After meeting Santa, we got to go for a carriage ride! Did I mention that all of this was free? It was put on by the local winery. I love where we live! Piglet was so into the carriage ride, and kept telling us over and over, “we’re riding in a carriage!”
I love this stage, and how magical everything is through Piglet’s eyes. I hope he never loses that sense of Christmas magic.
If my parents lit an orphanage on fire, on Christmas Eve, they wouldn’t be as bad as your parents! -Debra, Everybody Loves Raymond
On December 23rd, 2009 Match and I got engaged. Every year since then, we’ve made a tradition to open our gifts to each other on December 23rd. It works out great for the years Match has had to work, or when we were traveling. I think we’ll still do at least one gift that night, even when Piglet is here.
Match nailed it this year with these hilarious footie pajamas for me. Not only are they ridiculous to look at, but they are so comfy!
I got him an outdoor knife set for his hunting adventures. He was pretty excited about it! We also both bought a few small things for Piglet. Match got him a little camo hoodie and the cutest shoes. They’re his first shoes and I love them! I bought Piglet the Big Bang Theory onesie, because we love singing Soft Kitty and plan to sing it to him often.
Christmas eve we headed over to the inlaws. I wasn’t that thrilled about it, because normally my MIL doesn’t even have a tree up, and the house is always lacking in Christmas cheer. So you can imagine my surprise and joy when we drove up and saw the reflection of Christmas lights. As we got closer I screamed, “She got a TREE!!!” And what a tree! She got a fancy artificial tree, and said they plan to put it up every year. I told her it meant the world to me that there was a Christmas tree where we were spending the holiday and thanked her repeatedly. I told Match we’re still doing some Christmases at our house, but it’s nice to know that when we do bring Piglet there, they will have Christmas cheer at Grandy’s house.
We had them open Piglet’s gift right away, because we were bursting to tell them the news. They were very excited to find out Piglet is a boy!
We decided to open gifts on Christmas eve because Christmas day would be busy cooking for the big family party. We had a nice time opening presents, and afterwards we settled in for a nice evening. Unfortunately for me, my MIL got drunk and started harping on us about how important it is that we have another child within 2 years of this one, so the siblings could be close in age. I was horrified. I couldn’t believe her nerve, and lack of sensitivity. Piglet isn’t even here yet, let me just get through one pregnancy before n pressuring us for another. And we haven’t even reached the point of loss, a source of great anxiety for me. I just can’t believe she went there! And she wouldn’t let it go, til finally I said this is raising my blood pressure and it’s not good for the baby, you need to STOP.
It took awhile for me to calm down, and poor Match had to hear about it. She had also said some very insensitive things to me about how I shouldn’t talk to Piglet about Roo, because she wasn’t of this world, and it would be uncomfortable and confusing to talk about. Again, horribly insensitive, and she was running her mouth about things she clearly doesn’t understand. If she thinks for a second I won’t speak about my first born, she has another thing coming. I don’t give a flying rat’s ass if it makes HER uncomfortable. Match and I had a long talk that night, and we both agreed that the best way to handle her is to cut it off when she starts in on her insensitive comments. I told him I understand she isn’t doing it to purposely hurt me, and that it’s just coming from her ignorance to what we’ve been through. She has never had trouble trying to conceive, she never lost a child, she has no idea of the pressure and the stress, not to mention grief that come with this rainbow pregnancy. So the best thing we can do is cut her off and tell her the conversation makes us uncomfortable, and to please stop talking. If she doesn’t, we leave the room.
It really put a damper on my Christmas with them, because up to that point we were having a great time. But the next day she was on her best behavior, and she kept asking me if I was having a good time. I think she realized she overstepped, and that she hurt me deeply. My MIL is a person who is very opinionated, and very strong willed. Unfortunately I am too, and it causes problems. I know I can’t change her, and I know when she drinks she says things that are out of line, and sometimes I just have to let it go. I know that Match and I will always honor Roo, and when it comes to extending our family, we will do what we see fit. God willing we will have another child, but if we don’t, we don’t. We are truly blessed with our Piglet, and the memory of our daughter, and I won’t let comments and meddling opinions change those feelings.
Back to the fun stuff-the Christmas party was a lot of fun. I found this great new maternity top and I loved showing off my bump to the family. Everyone rubbed the belly and celebrated the news of our son to be.
We played a fun game called Things, that I really want to buy. It was funny and there was a lot of laughter and silliness. It was the perfect medicine to the bad evening I’d had the night before.
All in all we had a great Christmas, but I was relieved when we got home. Match took me out to a nice sushi dinner (yes I only ate the cooked stuff!) and we had some quality couple time. I learned some things about learning to let things roll off my back and not get to me, and hopefully my MIL learned some tact. But somehow I think this may be just the beginning of unsolicited advice, and probably won’t end til Piglet’s at least 30. 😉
Oh, and when we came home, we found a package on our doorstep. It was a present from my stepmother, whom I have very little contact with. It was an olive branch of sorts, in the form of a beautiful ornament. It was like it was made for us, and it is absolutely precious.
How was your Christmas? Did you survive your family?
When you’re a kid, it’s simple. Christmas is magic. It’s a time of miracles, when reindeer can fly, and Frosty never melts. Then you get older. Somehow, things change. The magic begins to fade. Until something happens that reminds you, at Christmas time… miracles still can be found. Sometimes in the most unexpected places. -The Wonder Years
Last Monday, Match and I made our annual trip to the Christmas tree farm. I love that this has become our tradition, one I hope we keep up for many years to come. Just like last year, I made Match wander around to all the u-cut Christmas trees before ultimately deciding on a precut tree. What can I say, I’m a sucker for Douglas Fir trees. They just have that delicious Christmas tree smell that the u-cuts don’t.
After picking out our tree, we made sure to pose at the annual photo spot. I love that they have this spot where we can take our picture every year.
Last year we were hoping for a baby, this year we’re working on it, and God willing next year we’ll have our little Piglet with us. It is going to be so fun to watch our family grow.
We got the beautiful tree home, and drove up to our pretty Christmas lights Match had put up earlier that day.
He did it happily for the first time ever. I didn’t even have to nag or pester him to help! He was even the one to suggest getting the tree that day.
The next day he helped me decorate the tree, which was also a first. I told him I’d noticed he was more in the spirit this year, and he kissed me and said he had a lot to be happy about. I think these last few months have renewed our spirits and reminded us that there is a reason to have hope. Isn’t that just what the spirit of Christmas is all about? Faith and hope? And maybe even a little belief in magic.
Speaking of magic, that’s just how our house looks to me all decked out for Christmas. The tree is beautiful, and the new built ins were practically made for Christmas. I love how the white lights reflect off the shelves.
Here’s a close up of the stockings-names blurred out. I couldn’t resist the lil mini stocking for Piglet. Next year we’ll get to put up the stocking I sewed last year, and I’ll stitch his name on it.
Here are a few close ups of some of the special ornaments on our tree this year:
The angel for Roo is near the top of the tree, front and center. I think it’s beautiful, just like she was. To the right is the ornament I made for our first year of marriage.
And this is an ornament I made for little Piglet this year. I was inspired by this Etsy ornament I saw on Pinterest. Mine didn’t turn out quite as sharp as the Etsy one, but I still love it.
I can’t forget the ornament I’ve had for Monkey since he was a pup. He looks so young in that picture-I can’t believe that picture is 10 years old already!
These are a couple of felt ornaments I stitched this year. I have been having so much fun sewing with felt. Who knew it was so easy?
I love Christmas and all of the warmth it creates in our home. Next week we have Couple Family coming to visit for a Christmas PJ night, and I’m so excited to share that warmth and Christmas spirit with them.