Archive for ‘holidays’

December 29, 2010

>wordless wednesday: christmas

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December 27, 2010

>sledding

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December 25, 2010

>the magic of christmas

>I love Christmas. But for a very long time that real magic hasn’t existed. That magic that a child has.

For obvious reasons it faded away… The fable of Santa and reindeers flying around the world delivering presents and eating millions of cookies, truth comes to light. And the teenage years kick in. The long for surprise is overtaken by the want of something ridiculous and specific.

Hadley is almost 2 1/2 and she started understanding the concept of Santa. We did a lot of holiday related activities, watched movies about Rudolph and Frosty, read books. I told her that old tale of Santa delivering presents to good little girls and boys, but that Christmas was also a time that we give to others.

Yesterday was Christmas Eve and we talked a lot about Santa. We baked cookies for him and placed them on the table next to our big leather chair. And a few times she said, on her own accord, “Santa is coming!”

I was so excited to put the kids to bed so I could set up. Jonathan had spent the evening setting up a couple of large gifts our relatives sent and I was in charge of placing all the gifts under the tree, stuffing the stocking. And together we set up a small princess castle for Hadley to find in the living room.

And would you believe that I couldn’t sleep? I was so excited! And I was up at 6 a.m. longing for the rest of the family to wake up. When I heard the pitter pat of feet on the bedroom floor above me, I got my camera ready for first reactions… And woosh! Just like that, the real magic of Christmas came over our household.

Now to a lot of you, my post about Christmas may seem very materialistic. And to people like us who are not religious and do not celebrate Christmas for religious reasons, it’s a holiday that becomes about giving. Hadley, at two years old, doesn’t understand that those toys we purchased for less fortunate children and the donations we give to non-profit organizations are a means of giving just yet. But some day she will. And we will strive for her to understand what this holiday means to to our family.

There may come a time when she may decide that it means something different, which is fine. But for now, it’s a holiday of giving to others, appreciating our friends and family, and loving one another. And to let her parents enjoy the magic of Christmas through her little eyes.

Happy Holidays!

December 31, 2009

>top five highlights of 2009 (in no particular order)

>1. Hadley turned one year without serious injury. Sure, she made her way through our stair baracade and took a trip down a flight of stairs alone when she was 11 months, cried for a minute and was fine (she cried more when we took her to the doctor). Has had several bumps and bruises as she figures out spacial relations, but in one piece.\.

2. We learned we were pregnant with another little girl, who I am sure will be as beautiful, silly and loving as our Hadley.
3. I purchased my first home, albeit I am not living there yet. I inherited homes, but never bought one on my own.
4. I closed my fathers estate. He passed in early 2008 and I have been consumed with the business of his business. It’s finally sorted out, in a shorter time than most, and we were able to legally close everything.
5. Jonathan and I happily hit our two year mark, which is a big deal considering the deck of cards we were handed… Between learning we were pregnant very early in our relationship, dealing with my ill father, his passing and all the moving around we’ve had to do because of it, we are very much in love.
Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
December 22, 2009

>an early christmas in new england

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Snuggles with Grandpa
December 7, 2009

>christmas decorating

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Saturday, Hadley helped Grandma pick out a Christmas tree and the decorate it. It was a bit of a mess on the bottom, but Grandma was thrilled to let her decorate with her. We went back for a visit on Sunday to see the Toy Train in San Clemente and the bottom of the tree was beautiful. Hadley did a little rearranging, but all in all was a a good girl and admired the tree. I can’t believe how big she is getting!
December 3, 2009

>childproof christmas

>I love Christmas. More than I love Halloween! I enjoy decorating a tree and my home. I’ve been excited to have children to start implementing some of the traditions my parents did with me, though this year Hadley is still a bit too young.

Hadley is an active 16 month old and in to absolutely everything. And I mean EVERYTHING! The fireplace (the doors are now zip locked), the toilets (the bathroom doors are kept shut), the cabinets (all child locked)… You name it, she’ll figure out a way to get in to it. Which I love about her, her curiosity, but it can also be a pain in the ass.
This year we’ve been trying to figure out how to enjoy Christmas decor at home without burning the house down, pushing needles from room to room, ripping stockings off the wall and our only solution seemed to be to simply not do it at all.
That wasn’t good enough.
So this year I got creative and I am hoping in a few years I won’t have to be so…
* The stockings are hung above the mantle (not on) with care).
* I purchased a four foot fake tree at Michael’s for $20 that doesn’t require water (so it doesn’t spill on our landlords carpet), wont drop needles and wont catch on fire should it tip over.
* I sacrificed my tiny desk in the living room for my computer to put the tree on top of. I am currently set up on the unused side of our kitchen table (must remember to unplug after use as my curious baby will attempt to do it for me).
* Christmas presents will stay safely in the closet that is baracaded by our pack and play.
But I think despite the precautions we have taken, our Christmas decor looks pretty good and my need to decorate has been fulfilled.
Pictures to come once I get my computer better set up.