Insta-Grammy: Holiday Edition

It is almost 2013 and it is blowing my MIND how fast this year flew. Well… sort of. Kamel and I are still boggled with how many adventures and life events we managed to cram into 2012… it goes to show that you really can use your time well. A year is nothing, but sometimes it can be everything.

Finding a coat that closes in the front is key.
Finding a coat that closes in the front is key.

This holiday season reflected a lot of what this year was about: cramming as much in as humanly possible without making myself barf or missing a flight. I was (very luckily) sent to my company’s Seattle office the week before Christmas, giving me some time to catch up with friends and my parents and finish my Christmas shopping. Because it was about 15 degrees colder there than in the Bay Area, scouting out a coat that closes over the bump was key! This one is from Target and was 50 bucks.

Holiday Decorations outside Playstation.
Holiday Decorations outside PlayStation.
Kamel's Adventure Begins
Kamel’s Adventure Begins

Kamel didn’t meet me in Seattle until the Friday before Christmas. We would have both been on this flight if I hadn’t been sent out early. The picture above is Kamel, lugging our extra-space-luggage to the airport via the train. This was before he knew he would be delayed for 4 hours and not make it to Seattle until 4:00am on Saturday morning. All Friday night my parents and I kept mumbling “Poor Kamel” to each other. And I kept thanking all the baby Jesus’s that I had not been trapped in the airport with him, wallowing about in giant pregnant discomfort… because holy shit… that would have been horrible.

Top Chef Christmas Noms!
Top Chef Christmas Noms!

On Saturday afternoon Kamel gave me my first Christmas gift! Because we are totally obsessed with Top Chef and wish that it would be an eternal show that never had season ends and would just continually stream on our TV, Kamel ferreted out the winner of Top Chef: Just Desserts’ shop, Tout Sweet – which thankfully is in San Francisco. Yigit Pura won on his macaroon, so Kamel brought me every flavor they offer, including the shows winning flavor: the salted caramel with gold flake. It was amazing.

Elf: The Musical at the 5th Avenue.
Elf: The Musical at the 5th Avenue.
5th Avenue Ceiling
5th Avenue Ceiling

My parents and I always try and do one Christmas show-type-event-thingy every year we are in town. For a long time it was The Christmas Carol, then we started mixing it up with Christmas concerts, one year we saw The Grinch movie with Jim Carey, and this year we saw Elf: The Musical. I thought it was Meh… I was also really uncomfortable. It had been a long day and there was a lot of pressure on my pelvis for whatever reason. Most everyone else loved the musical and I was a total pregnant debbie downer. But the 5th Avenue Theatre is amazing, and we all got to dress up and doing something festive!

Christmas Eve with Family, Presents, and Belly
Christmas Eve with Family, Presents, and Belly
New Toms Via Maris!
Kamel and his Christmas Pajamas!

I was really hoping it would snow on Christmas morning, but it didn’t. It just rained a lot, which was also ok because it is excellent pajama snuggle weather. Christmas was very low key, present opening, sitting around, eating a million Christmas cookies, playing with new toys, etc. And then it was done.

Flight home day after Christmas.
Flight home day after Christmas.
Sunset pulling into the Bay Area.
Sunset pulling into the Bay Area.

And that was my last flight before baby Gabe arrives! And this will be our last New Years as people without children. Although, I’ll be spending it going to bed early and lounging in sweat pants…. so, probably not the wild and crazy times one would expect.

Thank you for being amazing readers this year, and for putting up with the spotty posts during this pregnancy crazy town. This little site has grown leaps and bounds and I would not be pushing myself as a writer and adventure-er if it wasn’t for your readership and encouragement. From both Kamel and I, we hope that your New Years is amazing, that 2013 brings lots and lots of happy surprises, challenges, and victories. I will see you tomorrow when it’s 2014. Wow.

6 thoughts on “Insta-Grammy: Holiday Edition”

  1. I made macarons yesterday, and they were ready for New Years Eve, I’ll post the recipe… you can totally make them too. Happy New YEars, that is a lovely pic of you with belly and christmas present and tree.
    I am so happy for you and so excited for what is to come.
    Here is me toasting so that all our wishes come true !

  2. Mmmm… Macarons. I was also in the Seattle area for Christmas, visiting my sister and her family, and we were disappointed in the lack of snow as well.

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