Another Christmas has come and gone. What a great Christmas it was. Laura and I spent Christmas in St. Louis with her extended family this year. I think this is going to be the last year that we travel for Christmas. It is a tough decision to make, but one we have to make nonetheless. Laura and I both had family traditions growing up. I remember reading the Christmas story before we went to bed and laying in bed thinking about what Santa was going to bring. Usually, my sister and I would be up around midnight to see what Santa brought. More often than not, my parents would send us back to bed and explain that “Santa wasn’t done putting out gifts yet and that we’d interrupted him.”
Those Christmas memories still linger on today. While we love spending time with our families on Christmas, we’re afraid that without spending Christmas at home, our kids will miss out on those memories and traditions.
Haley had a blast this Christmas. She LOVED opening presents. Pretty soon, we’ll have two that will enjoy it! We found out on the 23rd that our next will be a BOY! It’s pretty exciting. Laura and I are both getting used to calling our new one by name and not calling him “bud”. Oh, how things will change in June.
Haley’s big gift from Santa this year was a play kitchen. She is loving it. She’s made popcorn in her new microwave. That consisted of taking popcorn from a tin and putting it in her microwave. What a site it was to come in and see a plastic microwave full of popped popcorn.
One of the gifts we got from my parents was a Vado. It’s basically a tiny camcorder about the size of a cell phone. The video quality isn’t spectacular, but it makes it really easy and convenient to take videos. There will be a LOT more videos posted on the website in the future. We’ve really enjoyed these couple of days off.
We went this past weekend and took some Christmas pictures at Collierville square. The square was really neat. We’ve been there before, but I’d never paid much attention to how cool some of the scenery is there. With the train and the old country store, I could almost imagine myself living there 80 years back.
Well, visiting Santa didn’t work out so well. We thought it was going well for a little while, then Haley got close to Santa. She lost it. I guess it is torture that you’re required to put your kids through every year. Whether they like Santa or not, you just have to get a picture on his lap.
We should have some more pictures up soon. Haley has the cutest little Christmas dress. We’re going to Collierville square next weekend to take some pictures for some friends. We’re planning to get there a little early to get a few of Haley too. Should be fun! In other news, I ran a half marathon on Saturday. My goal was to break two hours. I thought I didn’t make it, but turns out, I squeaked by. Laura informed me that this would probably be the last one they showed up for to “cheer” me on. Considering they didn’t see me until I was done. Its a bad time of year to bring out Haley anyway. Freezing cold and nothing to do. Not a good combo.