This Christmas came about a little more differently than years past. Usually before heading to Texas to spend time with Greyson’s grandparents we would have had our holiday cards sent out, our home fully decorated for the season, and perhaps a present or two under the tree. However, this year we were sidetracked with the Thomas Fire that forced us to evacuate on December 4th in the middle of the night. We left our home not sure of what we’d return to in the following days and weeks. Due to the dangerous air quality from the smoke that remained, Greyson and I jumped on a plane to Texas a few weeks early so that Grey didn’t have to continue living out of hotel rooms. I’m grateful my husband was able to fly out a week or so later and reunite with us.
I look back on how crazy of a month we’ve had, how uncertain everything was, but am reminded that as a family we never needed much to be happy. As long as we truly had each other we were good and no amount of perfectly curated Christmas cards would change that.
Thankfully this year we were able to still enjoy the Christmas season and here’s a peek at how we celebrated!
Photos with Santa
Disclaimer: this photo seems more traumatic than it actually was.
I knew that when we decided to take the cousins to see Santa that for Greyson this would go one of two ways. First, he would see Santa and sit on his lap with no problems with wide smile for the photo….or….second, it would go sideways and we’d have a photo like we were able to capture above. I always tell the nice ladies taking the picture that if Greyson were to burst into tears for all of the five seconds he was with Santa to try and capture the most pitiful photo they could – embracing that we wouldn’t have that perfect Santa photo that so many others are able to get. Perhaps next year!
A Christmas with god-siblings
Each year when we come into town for the holidays we love getting the chance to see our friends and their children. My husband’s best friend named him godfather to her daughter and she being one of Greyson’s godmothers – so getting the god-siblings together is always a treat.
This year they came in the weekend of Christmas and stayed overnight. Christmas Eve morning they were able to open a few presents and it was fun getting to see them enjoy their gifts.
Christmas Cookie Traditions
Making sugar cookies and decorating them has been a tradition since the beginning of time for my husband’s family. Each year his mom would be busy making the dough and each year we would cut them out using the same cutters and enjoy listening to Christmas music while decorating them . Last year Grey was too young to understand this concept, but we were excited to have him join in a little bit this year. He liked dipping the cookie into the icing (go figure) but didn’t understand why we didn’t eat them immediately. It was pretty humorous seeing him try to eat this cookie at every moment (and he eventually did once it set), but I’m thankful for these few photos of him making his first sugar cookie!
Thanks to some pretty cute Christmas jammies and adorable Santa slippers from his godmother, Greyson and his cousin Daniel looked the part as they began opening their presents. This year Grey has been absolutely obsessed with Marvel characters like Iron Man and Spider Man as well as Gekko from PJ Masks. He is able to return home to Ventura with a bounty of new toys, clothes, and memories from this holiday.
I am more grateful than ever to have a family who took us in when we needed refuge, for a holiday season to teach us more about humility, and a reminder that we don’t need as much as we may think. I have so much to be thankful for this year and wish you all a very happy holiday and a joyous new year!
See you in January!!