Tuesday, January 2, 2018


We do our Christmas in three parts, Matt's family, my family, and then our little family. This year was the first year we didn't have my Grandpa Dennis and Grandma Linda with us, and it was really strange. Grandma Linda has cancer and isn't doing well, so she wasn't on hand to bring deviled eggs (which I hate cooking and refuse) and jello jigglers for the kids. Jackson and Olivia both kept saying how much they missed my grandparents. It was kind of a bummer.

So this year my brother, his wife, and their daughter were going to be up on Christmas Eve so that morning we went over to my mom's house to open presents and hang out for a bit. 
Lucy took to Aunt Krystle easily and I love this picture of the two of them.  
 Penelope was ready to open everyone's presents so we had to stick her by me so we could slow her roll. 
 Lucy was a bit hesitant at first. 
 Then she fully understood what to do and was all about it. 
 My parents got Jackson a metal detector. His face does not fully convey how totally geeked out he was about it. 
 Olivia got a really nice jacket from Abercrombie & Fitch, and both her and Jackson got maroon Converse, which they asked for. She got a bunch of crafty stuff, too. 
 Matt and I wore our National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation shirts I ordered off of Etsy. They were amazing. 
 Penelope and her cousin Adriana sort of played together. Penelope is kind of bossy and she wants to be friends but I don't think Adriana is used to a rough and tumble kid like Penelope. Ha!

After that we grabbed a quick lunch and headed out to Matt's parent's home to continue with Christmas Eve. The roads on our way were absolutely horrible so that was not a fun drive. Thankfully the ride home was much smoother. 
 Lucy wasn't excited about wearing hats but I grabbed a quick picture of us before she threw it. 
 By this point the kids knew what to do. Uncle Karl got Penelope real markers and that was fun. She's already colored on the wall here. 
And on her face and clothes the day of. I cannot wait until Karl has kids of his own. I'm making a list of all of the worst toys and I'm going to be the coolest aunt ever.  
 Jackson sat on my lap for a bit and he said we should take a picture, so we did. 

After that we headed home and Penelope and Lucy were exhausted by the time we came home so they went straight to bed. We had Olivia and Jackson go, too because I was beat and wanted to clean up quickly before Santa came. 
 As you can see, Santa literally threw things around the tree and called it good. Probably because I forgot cookies and milk. 
 The next day I got literally the only picture with kids and tree and it sucks. 
 The just kids picture isn't any better but I guess everyone's technically in it so we shall call it a win. 
 I'm kind of a mean mom because I require everyone to eat breakfast first so I made cinnamon roll french toast and eggs, we cleaned up, and then we got down to presents. It's just so much more relaxed and calm and I'll take it. By this point Lucy was a pro.
 Penelope's favorite Disney Princess right now is Rapunzel so I found a big Rapunzel and Maximus horse (who she calls "pony") on super sale. Normally $69.99 and I got it for $14.99. I could not pass that up and it's currently in bed with her right now. 
 Olivia has asked for Ugg boots for years. This year I decided I would get her some because she needed warmer boots to walk to the bus stop in and I found a good Cyber Monday deal and only paid $75 for them. I ended up ordering a size bigger hoping she can use them for next year, too. 
 Jackson has wanted this robot for months. He looked at it every time we went to the store, looked up YouTube videos for it, and when I saw it on clearance at Walmart? Totally bought it. This thing is over $100 normally and I got it for $60. He was clearly excited. 
But the big one? He got to join a coding club at school and they code (whatever that means) and use this Dot & Dash Robot thing. It's expensive but Jackson kind of gets the shaft in everything and he's been raving about coding non stop so I thought what the heck. His face was the best thing ever. He's played non stop with it and is learning things like crazy. 

The big kids also got TV's for their rooms (really small ones that we bought on super sale months ago and just stored them in the garage) and they lost their shit. I wish my phone hadn't blinked out otherwise I would have a great photo of it. 

Overall? It was a good Christmas. I am really glad I started buying things in February because that worked out for me this year. I wasn't stressed out and I had everything wrapped by December. It's the way to go so I've got my eye out on some things for next year for people. 


jn said...

Sara....it sounds like you had a wonderful christmas. No more hectic than any one elses....it's just a crazy couple of days and then it's done! May 2018 bring you peace and happiness. Love you girl ! Janette

Lauren said...

Aw, such cute pictures of the kids - even the ones you don't love! Hey, it's memories, right? That's awesome you were able to get the kids some of the things they'd been really wanting - and got good deals too! I normally shop through the year too. Last year was just weird, so I need to get back to that for 2018.


San said...

You know that looks like a fantastic and chaotic family Christmas to me. As I couldn't see my family for Christmas this year, I live vicariously through posts like yours :)

San said...

P.S. I know the way I sign into comments doesn't leave a link to my blog, so thought I'd leave it here: http://theinbetweenismine.com

amotheradaughterandlife said...

We divide our Christmas between Ohio and WV and this was the Ohio year. It is a crazy time of year no matter how you do it and the kids are always wild. lol

Shann Eva said...

Nice bargins! That's my kind of shopping for sure. I just can't bring myself to buy anything at regular price. Your kids are all so beautiful. I'm glad you had a great Christmas. I LOVE your shirts too! Hope 2018 is good to you!

Lecy | A Simpler Grace said...

Looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas. You have the prettiest tree! Hope you have a great new year!

Beth (Coffee Until Cocktails) said...

Such fun pictures! The kids look like they had a great time! I love the Christmas Vacation shirts! That line is one of my favorites from that movie!
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