I spent our entire school break plus a few days at my Mom’s house this December. We had such a wonderful time. I took a bajillion photos, but these are some of my favorites.
I wanted to list some of my favorite parts so that I always remember:
Photobomb Challenge. We got some good ones.
Accidental matching outfits: Dad and I in buffalo check, Pickle and Mom in Christmas plaid
Lots of plaid. Lots of Christmas Jammies.
Silas discovering the diet coke lights on the kitchen tree a few times–being surprised every time.
Daphne calling Pickle, MAGGIE. Her little hand motions right by her face when talking to Pickle was repeated over and over again long after she left. D: “Maggie!” me: Her name is Pickle. D: That’s what I said.
Sleep training Pickle-you slept through the night most of the nights.
Eating! Pickle! You learned what eating is all about! It was so fun! Must have been Grammy’s cooking!
My walker from 1979 for the Pickle
Lots of singing and dancing and gaming
Target with the siblings.
When it was time to take the black coat picture, mom dropped everything and agressively got her black coat and got into position-so funny
Jason and Dad went on two runs each the day they ran together, so funny-so cold!
Dad sitting in his closet since his room was overtaken by grandkids.
The bed being delivered next door!
Introducing the cousins to Animal Jam-sorry Lindsay
Silas’ video. Girls are GROSS!
Mom’s EPIC all-day Christmas Party for the Grands
Finding the red velvet dress my Mom wore in 4th grade and taking Lolly’s picture in it: It’s ITCHY!
Making sugar cookies and cake pops-sweeping the floor multiple times while there-SO MANY SPRINKLES—we needed Chloe (RIP)
Violet passing me a handmade note during church thanking me for her hair and “all the things you have done.”
Mom taking the girls to the church to rehearse their christmas eve number…the girls in excruciating pain trying NOT to sing the song or tell the secret.
Christmas Eve: Trolley Ride was so cozy and epic, that homeowner and her hair, Santaballs made by Linz, the deelicious meal, really good crackers this year, Grammy & the Grammyettes, Daphne singing her little heart out, That VIDEO, Silas as Joseph in the Nativity pageant. Having all hands on deck to help set up Santa.
Christmas Morning: Unicorn horn, Macbook Air, Spy Kit, Squinkies! T shirts for J: Shut up Legs and 26.2er and FREE Mr. BATES, footsie pj’s, love surprises.
Dad Calling Squinkies, Skankies. A very Skanky Christmas to you all.
Sam: “Another TREE PRESENT!” (he was astonished about the number of BIG GIFTS wrapped under the tree (razor, wii, monitor, kindle etc.), and not from Santa
Courtney crying at her California necklace
Mom and Dad surprising us with their monogrammed GRAMMY and PAPA pj’s.
Handcuffing Mom so she couldn’t do the dishes.
Seeing Les Miz with my honey since his flight was cancelled.
Watching Sam play Password with Lolly as his partner. Playing games with her and Mom and Dad later when Phoebz went with the big kids to the mall.
Playing I doubt it with a big group–crazy different then one on one with Lolly.
Taking the train downtown to the American Girl Place. Rocking my city skeelz, jumping the queue to get a giant van for all 9 of us (we squished). Seeing coworkers I worked with 15 years ago! Yikes! still there! Finding another van cab and an awesome Nigerian Mama Cab driver for the way back.
Going back and forth on whether or not to wake up early and go to the yarn sale. Getting the sistahs to go for it. We woke up at crazy early 6ish and had such a fun time adventuring the dark. We shopped forEVER and got some great finds. So glad we sacrificed sleep!
Seeing old college friends and THEIR baby girls. Going to dinner with old HIGH SCHOOL girlfriends and catching up on their lives. Time–it’s a crazy thing!
Shooting a music video with Sam, Coco, Jenn and Alex. It was fun getting dressed up in the dresses Mom has saved for just such a purpose and doing makeup. Good memories.
New Years Eve: Heading to the North Side to go to Ann Sather, Brimfield (this store is a picture every place you look), Dad’s first cousin twice removed’s statue of Lincoln, The Boring Store, Rudy’s Roundup, Lomography, & transit tees (I wanted this one, I totally should have gotten it.)
Playing cranium that night. Winning. Gandhi! Gravity!
Watching the ball drop with my girls for the first time.
Knitting lessons with Jenn and Coco.
Fake praying just to see Pickle jump when we all said AMEN at the same time.
Ups and Downs and worries and concerns and loves and feelings and wanting everyone to feel joy and be happy and caring and cuddling and hugging and reading scriptures and praying and dancing and singing and gifting and being.