Before Christmas, we made a list of 12 fun ways we wanted to celebrate Christmas.
That was such a great thing for us.
- Great for me, because I love planning and I love lists.
- Great for Mark, because all my thoughts on family events are not swimming in my head and then coming out at 3:30 in a text and surprising him (he’s so good about being spontaneous, but I think knowing ahead of time that I’m going to want to get in the car and go look at lights is helpful).
- Great for Mia because she’s part of the planning and thinking of fun things to do.
- Great for Finn because…..well, it’s great because he gets to come.
And labeling it as our 12 Funs of Christmas was so right. It was FUN.
We bundled up and went to our small town’s parade:
Our little monster. I think this is such a cute little picture of him.
The best picture I got of Mia all night. She was too busy taking it all in to stop and appease her Mom’s little blogging heart.
Dark, but you see Mia’s little hand – in the brown coat – waving at Santa, riding on top of the fire truck. She was SO excited to see him. We don’t even really play it up big or do Santa gifts at all….but she still thought it was pretty cool.
We went to a movie for the very first time as a family (The Muppets):
For a little girl whose favorite snack is popcorn, this has got to be a dream come true!
I love Finn eyeballing the popcorn….
Fist pump of excitement?
Both kids did pretty well. There was only one other mom and son in the whole theater, so when Mia had to stand up and walk a little of her wiggles off, it was fine. Otherwise, she sat through most of it. Finn likes puppets and songs, so he was also engrossed for much of it. We had to get up and walk with him a few times, but really a lot better than I expected.
We sat by the fire and had s’mores:
Mark added this one to our list and I thought he meant the fireplace.
Ha. He had already found a great deal on a fire pit and had bought it for our Christmas gift.
This is not a great picture of me, but I like Mia’s wide eyes (and mouth) and the fact that as I’m enjoying mine, I’m keeping my eye on her hot melty marshmallow to see where it ends up. Can you ever turn the Mom thing off?
We waited until Finn was in bed to break out the fire…shh, don’t tell him.
We got in our jammies, made hot chocolate to go, and went and looked at the lights:
Again, no pictures of Finn. He was there, in his car seat, but he was out before we left the neighborhood, I think.
We made gingerbread houses (or as Mia likes to call them – gingybell houses):
We had a happy birthday party for Jesus:
And not on the list, MORE FUN – wrestling, decorating, opening gifts, and just hanging out as a family… (here is a random assortment of pictures to round things up):
These kids love nothing more than wrestling.
If Finn sees anyone on the floor, he thinks it’s wrestle time. You’ve been warned.
Totally random picture, but he just looks so different. More and more like Mark everyday?
Decorating the tree.
Finn, supervising. I went and bought all non-breakable, non-ball ornaments. Because if it’s round, it’s meant to be tossed.
More huge cart fun.
Climbing is way more fun than stockings. If you’re 1 and you’re Finn.
Best.stocking.stuffer.ever. Finn played with those for so long and we took them in the car and he was so happy when he was playing with them.
These last two pictures…are they siblings or what?
Helping each other open gifts.