This is a week late because the holidays were happening and I wanted to live them and THEN report back on them.
The kids have started doing this thing where they just yell at each other during bath time. They think it is the best and funniest activity.
We were an hour late to Christmas Eve because naps did not happen when they should have and there was wrapping to be done and showers to take and food to buy and it was a giant race to the finish line. But we made it!
There was family and presents and food and joy.
Grandparents and Great-Grandparents and Uncles and Aunts and Cousins. And cookies. So many cookies.
And Kamel is in basically none of these photos because he rented a fancy camera for the weekend and it was manual only and … I can’t be trusted with such things. I do not have time for manual cameras, ok? It’s just not going to happen for me.
I really really love the mantel at my parent’s house.
Christmas morning started at about 730. Kamel brought Gabe into our room without him seeing the tee-pee that Santa had brought. And by Santa I mean that my grandmother had made me when I was little and we now have for my kids. *Magic*
Fae was appropriately WOAH about it.
Gabe now lives in there. We see him for meals.
And then we all went downstairs to scope out the tree!
And all the gifts my parents had brought over a few days before, along with Kamel’s parent’s gifts that were shipped and wrapped by us – like magic!
My parents were such good sports and came over right away in the morning so we could all do presents together!
Fae was a little overwhelmed, so for a while she just stayed on Kamel’s lap just like this, clutching a christmas tree cookie.
Both the kids were super into creating present piles!
(Oh! This was Kamel’s christmas present from moi.)
We got Gabe a Sofia The First amulet. I wouldn’t allow Santa to take the glory for that one.
Tia Regina and Tia Lara got the kids an outdoor picnic table! So of course, lunch had to be al fresco! Fleecies and coats and boots for all!
It wasn’t raining, just cold. So we played outside most of the afternoon.
Then we went to the beach! And stayed there, throwing rocks into the water and watching Gabe ride his bike, and saying hello to all of the dogs, and playing on swings until it was very, very dark.
(Epic toss into the water, Gabe. Epic!)
Oh look! Kamel let me take a photo. It isn’t completely in focus.
On Monday, the kids were out of school and Kamel and I had the day off from work, so we went over to Claire’s to terrorize their cat, Nala.
(And love it unconditionally) GROUP HUG.
And then we ended the weekend with dinner at my parent’s while Kamel helped my dad set up his new computer!