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December 25th 2015

Jack let us sleep until 8 am on Xmas morning. When he did wake up, he proceeded to jump up and down in his crib and holler loudly, as is his usual morning custom. I gave him a cup of whole milk while I changed him, then we walked hand in hand into the front room where the tree was all lit up, with all the presents stuffed underneath it.

Beneath the tree, Jack found a star shaped light all lit up, to which he exclaimed “WOW” over and over again.
He also found a set of large baby legos in assorted colors, and he liked those very much too. By this time, Jacks daddy and grammy were both awake and readying themselves for the event about to unfold.

Before long, Jack was being swallowed up by paper and bows and more toys than he knew what to do with, and soon enough he became very cranky and needed to lay down, and he wasn’t even thru unwrapping yet.

While Jack napped, I showered and dressed and then set to work in the kitchen. I didn’t have much cooking to do, I was just making mashed potatoes that I was taking over to Jacks auntie Kim’s house because we were having Xmas dinner over there with the rest of the family.

We left the house around 1:30 pm and made the short drive over to Jack’s auntie Kim and uncle Dan’s house. Jack’s arrival went over without incident, and he settled in quite nicely. He was especially fond of the ceiling fan in her dining room ( we don’t have any ceiling fans) and kept exclaiming “WOW” as he was obviously impressed. Auntie Kims house also has stairs (we don’t) (knocks on wood) and Jack was obsessed with walking up and down them with either his daddy or my assistance.

After opening more gifts as a family, we sat down to a beautiful dinner prepared by Jacks’s uncle Dan. Jack didn’t eat as much as I would have liked. Between the stairs and the ceiling fan, he was preoccupied. By nightfall, we were all completely wore out and 6:30 pm felt more like 10:30 pm, so we loaded up the car and drove home under the full Xmas moon.



Mama + Dada + Jack


My Nephew and I


Jack + Mama


Jack + Cousin Ryan


Jack + Uncle Dan


Jack and Mama


My Nephew and I


Mama + Dada + Jack



It’s beginning to look a lot like…


This year contrary to previous years we are celebrating Xmas. That’s Christmas with the Christ part struck out. That’s right you guessed it, we are not a Christian household. We are more or less a pagan household. Our Yule Tide celebration as we like to call it usually takes place on Winter Solstice. This year, however, we are celebrating on the 25th, because we ALL have the day off work that day.

This year also marks the first year we will be playing Santa with Jack. My husband and I decided after much deliberation that we will participate in the Santa tradition with Jack. However, I am not completely comfortable lying and pretending like Santa is, in fact, a real dude. As Jack gets older I plan to teach him that Santa is to Xmas as Mickey Mouse is to Disney, and Santa is just the spirit of giving personified for the month of December. Additionally, this month the hubby and I plan to venture out to the mall with baby Jack in tow, so that we can have our pictures taken with Santa Clause, in a time-honored family tradition, that is sure to make for a hilarious holiday decoration for many years to come. Hopefully, we will get some great holiday cards out of the deal too.

As of this week, I am officially done with all of my Xmas decorating. Jack’s Grammy and I finished putting up the tree last night, and it looks great. Jack wants to play with all the pretty toy-like ornaments on the tree, but of course, he cannot. We very wisely placed the tree in a space that closes off to Jack (thank you baby gate. ) Jack’s favorite thing about all the holiday decor is the abundance of stars around the house, especially the star on the tree he loves it. I’m thinking of redoing Jack’s room with a star theme because he loves them so much. Stars, cars, and guitars, that’s what our little boy is made of.

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