Right before the boys were released from preschool for the holidays, they had a great Christmas ceremony at their school. They both did such a great job singing with their classmates, and making Mommy and Daddy proud!
We had a great time lounging around the homestead and not feeling like we had to rush off to preschool everyday, which was really nice. The boys REALLY enjoyed searching for “Quackenshelf” each morning and I just loved seeing the excitement that Parker had running back upstairs to tell me the new location he flew to. Both boys were certainly sad to see him go after Christmas! We couldn’t go into the holiday without making a Gingerbread house. The boys throughly enjoyed eating and decorating away as we let their creative juices flow.
We had some great family and kid oriented Christmas fun, but I also enjoyed being with my girls for a fun night of girl talk, drinks, and exchanging cookies! We started this three years ago with the HMC Moms club, a small group of us who I love to pieces! I was excited to host this year, and I really enjoyed myself!
Christmas Eve, we did our usual Christmas Eve service at Stonecreek. Since we live much further now than previous years, I wasn’t able to make a big dinner. We decided to enjoy a nice dinner at a local upscale Chinese restaurant with my Mom and sister. We really enjoyed spending time with them and attending the candlelit Christmas Eve service with them!
It’s always a busy Christmas Eve for us because we head down to my Aunt Angie’s house where the Ashby’s gather and my Aunt Rachel flies down from Boston. Due to her demanding job, it is the only time that her family comes to Atlanta. To our surprise, my grandparents made it down from the farm in Hartwell, and joined us as well. It was just like old times having them there. Of course, the kids got spoiled rotten with toys (we all chip in and get the kids in the family a few small gifts) and loved every minute of it! I enjoyed catching up with the family and just enjoying the holiday season. It goes by so fast!
When we got home, we made sure we set out plenty of cookies for Santa, and Parker had some special oatmeal concoction that he made at school to feed the reindeer that we put out with it. The boys were so excited albeit exhuasted that it was Christmas Eve and that Santa was coming. We even let them give “Quackenshelf” a hug because he could just “hitch a ride” back on Santa’s sleigh and didn’t need his magic to fly back home. They both loved giving their little elf friend that they ADORED a little hug to say goodbye before they went off to bed for the night.
Christmas Day was nice and relaxing. I had a simple but yummy menu for the day. I had pre-made quite a few dishes beforehand so I would just have to pop them in the oven. I did mostly oven dishes so I wouldn’t have to be at the stove cooking the entire day, and I could put in the oven and forget about it. The family loved it, and so did I!. The kiddos loved their gifts, and we enjoyed a nice relaxing day. It was even warm enough with a jacket to go for a walk around the neighborhood after lunch. I kept the wine and beer flowing throughout the day, and was guilty of getting a case of the sillies a time or two, but that’s what it’s all about. Having fun with the family, remembering the reason for the season, and creating great memories. It was a wonderful Christmas, and I couldn’t have asked for a better one! We loved being at home and not having to travel. It was the first year we spent home, just the five of us and I feel so blessed that we have each other.