Armed with our new camera..Sean and I headed to Ohio for phase two of our Christmas break.
We arrived late in the evening on the day after Christmas. The original plan was to wake up the next morning and pretend it was Christmas Day: present opening, big breakfast, waking up much to early from excitement…you know, the usual.
When we got there, my mom and sisters had grown too impatient and insisted that the Christmas Day festivities begin immediately. We then proceeded to rush through the ‘matching pajamas on Christmas Eve’ tradition straight through to helping bring all the presents downstairs and stuffing our own stockings. Yeah, it was weird…but in a fun way.
Instead of waking up ridiculously early the next morning, we proceeded to stay up to an inhuman hour laughing, exchanging gifts, and wearing matching clothing (duh, we’re sisters – it’s kind of what we do).
In the days leading up to Christmas, Sean repeatedly told me, “ALL I want for Christmas is a back scratcher.” Thankfully, Santa came through. Strangely, both back and head scratchers played a significant role this Christmas on both sides of the family.
It was a wonderful, albeit strange, Christmas. I was so grateful for my family waiting until Sean and I could be there, so we could share in the festivities.
We spent the next few days visiting with family and friends, eating lots of food, shopping, and relaxing (to the max).
One night, Grammy hosted all of us for dinner. As always, her home was beautifully decorated for the holidays.
One of my favorite parts of break was getting to visit with Kelly – my best friend since elementary school. Her family was in town for a few days and so we were able to have a few sleepovers – like the old days. Kelly is basically another sister to us and we miss her lots! Kelly is busy attending med school in South Carolina right now and we are so proud of her!
But let’s be honest, despite all this recapping, the majority of our break was spent playing with the puppies…
Sean and I got to spend a good amount of time together and had a number of talks that have grown and stretched our marriage. We are so thankful for the time that we got to spend with both sides of the family and of course, for our reason for celebrating.
Merry Christmas! (January style)