We started off Christmas break with watching the new Star Wars movie together. Honestly, for the kids the scariest part were the previews. The movie itself was great, and we were all so excited!
We spent the weekend being cozy inside. Lots of playing, cookie-eating and movie watching.
On Christmas Eve, we went to see Santa! We go to Macy’s every year (Santa 2014, Santa 2015, Santa 2016). This year’s Santa was kind of fierce and gave both boys the “Santa stare.” But for whatever reason they *believed* he was real. In fact, Arthur has been outraged this year, telling everyone who wants to listen that there are people out there in the world who don’t believe in Santa! They think the parents give all the presents! These people must be nuts!
After Santa time we had lunch together and checked out the train show at Grand Central.
That night we had a lovely dinner at home and got ready for Santa.
And imagine this! He came! The boys were stoked. He brought them the Rescue Bots station and Rescue Bots they had asked for.
Mama and Papa gave a few new games, books, and Ghostbuster utility belts.
Jeff and I gifted each other things from the 70s and 80s…this Springsteen poster, an Atari game console, a Gameboy (my childhood dream come true!) and a couple of (contemporary guitar pedals). We were all so happy and spoiled!
We had breakfast at home and then packed our bags to head to New Jersey to spend the day with family. When Jeff called the garage to let them know he was coming to pick up our Zipcar (the ONLY one available on Christmas Day in NYC), he was informed that the car had a flat tire. So our collective mood plummeted. The boys were in tears. They really wanted to see their cousins.
Jeff was in an even worse mood and became increasingly stubborn and refused to consider alternative ways to get to New Jersey. So I made a decision and made him change direction, and we made it work. So off we went on the Subway, the PATH, and New Jersey Transit. We played cards, napped, and listened to music. Our brother-in-law picked us up in Trenton, and in the end all was well.
We were together.
Later that night we exchanged gifts and sang karaoke. I mean…Endless Love forever, right? I’m not embarrassed.
Yesterday we were happy to come back home and continue playing with all of our new toys.
I look forward to a week at home with my guys. We don’t have any big plans, but the boys were invited to a sleepover at Uncle Brian’s house tonight! They are super excited.
So thankful for everything we have this Christmas.