Friday, January 7, 2022

Our Family Christmas | 2021

Hello! I started typing out this post sometime during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day when we weren't quite sure what day it was at any given moment, but we did know we were eating far too many cookies to care. 

It was a little disorienting that week because Piper was on winter break and Nick was laid off from work. While we were all out of routine we were all still enjoying the extra time with one another. 

Truth is, it's already January 7th and we are still feeling quite the same. Nick isn't back to work yet, which has been really nice but also a little disorienting as far as our routine goes. We're trying to cherish all of this extra time together while also tackling some projects we wouldn't usually get to do during the day. That's why I've been more quiet on the blog lately.

Before too much more time passes by, I want to share a little bit about our Christmas! Every Christmas has been special to us but this Christmas was uniquely special in that we had a 1 year old and a 6 year old to share it with this year. What a special time for our young family!

We had a fairly isolated Christmas last year when we were navigating the season with a newborn in the pandemic. This year, we felt much more safe to spend our time with family as we had just gotten over COVID a couple of months ago.

It was so nice to have an almost normal Christmas with our family this year! We made sure to do our annual traditions like baking cookies and eating popcorn while driving around looking at Christmas lights! 

On Christmas Eve, Piper went on a surprise shopping trip with her Aunt Fancy. They went to Build-a-Bear and had a special time with one another before coming back and having lunch with us all. Usually, we'd go to church on Christmas Eve but Delaney was in desperate need for a nap right when it was time to leave and so we settled for church at home for the sake of having a happy one year old at the family festivities later on.

Later on Christmas Eve, we went to Nina and Papa's for dinner and to exchange gifts. It was a relaxing and fun time visiting with everyone!

We got home at a decent time that night, just in time to set out cookies, milk and homemade reindeer treats. For those wondering, Piper's reindeer treat recipe is 1/2 dried oatmeal, 1/2 un-popped corn, with a dash of red sprinkles.

Christmas morning was as special as ever. Piper woke us up at 6am with that Christmas day kind of excitement! We went downstairs to find that Santa came! Piper got some time with just myself and Nick while Delaney slept in a bit. Delaney woke up just as soon as Piper was done opening up her gifts, and then it was Delaney's turn!

After opening gifts, we went to my mom's house for breakfast. My grandparents were there! It was nice to visit and exchange gifts with everyone. 

After breakfast, we came home so Delaney could nap and Piper played with her new toys. We drove out to my dad's for a late lunch and visited with everyone over there.

After visiting with my dad's side of the family, we went home for the rest of the evening and that is when Christmas festivities came to an end for us!

Here are some pictures from our Christmas!

This Christmas was really special and for as much running around as we did, we were so grateful to be able to spend time with our family this Christmas!

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