(*However, for the sake of actual transparency, allow me to share this disclaimer: the last couple of weeks have left me very overwhelmed and feeling less than festive at many points. The low point was on Saturday night when I told Brian to pause the Christmas movie we were watching "because I need[ed] to cry for a minute." I do want to preserve the memories of the fun times we've been having, but I also want to make sure I'm not glossing over the frustrating parts and pretending our life is effortlessly full of joy... so there you go!)
Let's go chronologically (because I'm type A like that):
Christmas caroling program at daycare
Highlights: The twins spent the entirety of their class's song turned around facing the wall and Colby refused to wear the Christmas tree.
Highlights: No children, no work. Enough said :)
Highlights: It was at my house this year, so of course I behaved like this beforehand. Nonetheless, a good time was had by all and many, many calories were consumed.
Katie, Kristen, me
ONE of the tables of cookies... can you taste the adult-onset diabetes?
Family Christmas party at my grandparents' nursing home
Highlights: Chaos (in keeping with the theme of the season), food, and the twins keeping a safe distance from Santa, lest he abduct them forever. We didn't get to visit much with my grandparents (lots of noise and two squirmy toddlers), but we're still glad we were able to make it!
Highlights: This is the "something they want" portion of the twins' gifts from Santa, so we ventured out to the mall on Saturday morning to get them. Again, chaos! But they had fun picking out their bears (plain bear with a Boba Fett costume for Colby and an Elsa bear with winter attire for Clara), and have been carrying them around with them ever since!
Standard expressions these days
Double date with the Olivers
Highlights: Fajitas, margaritas, and a seriously stupid but also seriously amusing movie... all without our 4 littlest sidekicks in tow! No picture, so you'll just have to take my word for it.
Small group white elephant gift exchange
Highlights: Someone gifting Christmas beer and then said beer being consumed... in the church... at 11 am... on a Sunday morning. We ended up with batteries (useful), Star Wars legos (fun), and chocolate truffles (tasty), so we definitely came out ahead.
Highlights: (1) Pedicure for Clara (which later resulted in a bottle of green nail polish being spilled on the tile/carpet), (2) telling the twins they have to hold hands when they look for their elf-on-the-shelf every morning, (3) holiday-themed pancake shapes
Phew. Makes you tired just reading about it, am I right?!