We are well into January, but I still wanted to share a brief holiday summary from my family to yours.
You guys! This picture was captured using my phone’s timer and propping it on the window sill. It might be my favorite photo from Christmas!
I caught the Christmas family pajamas bug too late to find sizes that fit us all. So, we made due.
Jada is wearing a set from Primary (I love their stuff-so simple) that Cole can re-use. Cole is in a set of hand-me downs. I grabbed two, long sleeve t-shirts for Spencer and me to round it out. Not too bad, eh? I really do want matching family jammies one day!
Spencer & I were talking about establishing traditions with kiddos during the holidays, reminiscing about our childhoods. Jada seemed to understand the magic of Santa this year, so we thought a visit might be fun for her.
It played out well…
Jada was okay with Santa, pretty much ready to jump, but okay. Cole was over it. Fast.
I mean, the picture alone was worth it.
Christmas in Chicago
Like last year, we stayed put for the holiday. The kids are 3.5 and 1 years old, which makes travel even more stressful. We didn’t want to chance weather or flights.
We celebrated Christmas Eve with new friends and really enjoyed ourselves! Then, we spent Christmas in our jammies, opening gifts, and taking it easy.
This was Cooper’s 10th Christmas (he’s nine years young), so he’s a gift wrap pro.
We tried to keep gifts at a minimum, but it is SO fun to see the excitement in your child’s face. Jada got lots of books, a cookie set to use with her kitchen from last year, crafts, workbooks, and more trains for her Thomas the Train set.
Cole kind of got the shaft, since he’s the second child and can use many of things we already have. Sorry buddy! (We still got him a few things).
My parents drove from Omaha to Chicago to visit us after Christmas. Jada is really attached to them, especially since she was born in Omaha and saw them almost every day for her first year.
She pretty much attaches herself to my mom “Mimi” and doesn’t let her come up for air! Cooper gets spoiled by my dad with +hour long walks, even in the bitter cold. Cooper’s probably the favorite grand child. I’m kidding! #notreally
We watched Northwestern win the Pin Stripe bowl at the baseball clubhouse for a change of scenery.
It’s a great space for Cole to explore. We brought a gingerbread house kit to keep Jada busy.
And, to make my mom’s heart swell, we somehow got Cole and Jada to pose in the very outfits my brother and I wore for Christmas over 30 years ago!
Same rocking horse too.
I could see my mom tear up. So worth it.
Of course, the holidays went by too fast as much as we try to push “pause”. So grateful for this time together before the busy baseball season begins.
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