If Spring and baby won’t come, I’ll catch up on blogging!
Christmas, for us, means lots of traditions! This year was no different in many ways as we carried out the usual and comforting rhythm of expected gatherings and traditions.
It was our first Christmas with our niece, Hadley, here — the cutest addition and we celebrated Christmas morning with breakfast at Adam’s parents’ new house!
Crystal and her family, some of our close friends who are much more like family, traveled from their home in Texas and stayed at my mom’s for the week of Christmas. For all the years (I think it’s been almost 20?) we’ve known Crystal, this was the first time since she moved to Texas that she was here over the holidays. It was a treat and really great having them jump in to celebrate Christmases with us.
We celebrated Christmas for the first time in our new home — we just hit the 1 year mark in February! I know last year it felt strange not getting out decorations, putting up our tree and just carrying out those small things that feel cozy and Christmasy so I was READY this year. Zion enjoyed the ornaments on our tree and loved playing with a nativity scene I picked up last year on clearance at the end of season. Compared to last year, it was amazing how much more he could take in and understand about Christmas. We checked out many Christmas books from the library, did some crafting and watched a handful of Christmas movies throughout December.
Another first was buying a real Christmas Tree from Pinkley’s Red Roof Farms Christmas Trees. I was diligent to water it daily, surprising myself and we laughed at how it had a slight tilt to it — added character?
We found out the gender of our baby with a new Christmas Tree ornament of pink or blue. In Case you missed it, the ornament is BLUE. 🙂 Baby boy will be making an appearance any day now!
It continues to feel odd and empty having Holidays without my dad. Because of the traditions, so many past Christmases blend together and they all had him until now. It’s expected, of course, but still hard. We also didn’t know that this past Christmas would be our last with my Grandma Shafer. Just a week after Christmas night, where we all celebrated together at her house, she passed away. We were shocked and grieved as the new year began missing her. She loved her family so well, and I know she would have adored meeting our newest addition.