We took off after Christmas dinner to visit family up in Northern California. First stop was Santa Cruz (well, technically Bonny Doon) to visit the boys’ Granny and their aunt and uncle, too. Next up was Discovery Bay to see cousins and kids, their great aunt and great uncle, and “Mimi,” their great-grandmother. A quick stop-over in Sacramento to see Uncle Jackpot, their little buddy Logi, and his fam, and finally back home again in time to celebrate NYE – a special day, as it’s the night I met their father four short years ago. More to come later on road-tripping with twins, but here are some photo highlights.
My favorite holiday memories are always of late night wrapping on Christmas Eve. I fondly remember staying up late with my younger brother, fighting over tape and bows. Last year we only did a few gifts; the boys weren’t sleeping and we were broke new parents. This year, my husband and I embark on the first of many, many years of creating Christmas miracles for our little boys. Here’s the Mr. working his Christmas magic.
A throwback to our first Christmas with the boys:
I can’t believe they were so teeny tiny! How has it been a year? Can’t wait to see their faces tomorrow morning when they see what Santa brought this year (Hint: it’s better than pajamas and Butt Paste, which was last year’s haul.)
Family presents are wrapped, bags are mostly packed, and we are almost ready for Christmas. Just have to wrap a gazillion presents for our baby boys tonight. I feel great about this, knowing that we are continuing a long, time-honored tradition of frantically putting together toys and wrapping all of the children’s gifts after they’re tucked in their beds, with visions of sugarplums dancing through their heads. Here’s a look at what we have wrapped so far:
We decided to take the boys to see our local Christmas Card Lane. Going at bedtime was a risky move, but it worked out great! They loved looking at the light displays from their car seats and by the end of the drive, both babes were out cold without a fuss. Next year, though, we are taking a cue from the other viewers and renting a limo. Or a horse-drawn carriage! Riding through the lights in style (although our Odyssey is pretty sweet.)
Here are a couple of the sparkliest houses we captured: