Merry Merry and Happy Happy!

It is snowing just enough to make a white Christmas here and once I get my mom safely from the airport this afternoon I will be free to relax and enjoy. We have all the shopping done, just need to wrap the presents which is not that big of a deal here. I don’t do the whole paper wrap (saving money and environment) we use the same decorated boxes that I have had for years. I love that they stack inside each other and just get packed away for the next year :)

Bob is making his traditional cioppino (a seafood soup in a red broth) for Christmas Eve. We let the kids unwrap one present that night. We haven’t done the “big guy” here thing since Connor was in 1st grade and his teacher told him the awful ‘truth’. But, alas that is a story for another time……….

Carter still gets up a little early (7 ish) and he has to wait til we all roll out of bed (about an hour cause he is driving us nuts). Connor doesn’t get up early any morning but he will roll out of bed for presents on Christmas day. We open gifts and Bob makes a huge breakfast. That is a tradition from his family that his dad would always do.

After breakfast we put a spiral ham in and around lunch will set up a buffet type meal to munch on ham and salads the rest of Christmas. The next day we use the left over ham to make ham and bean soup. Oddly, this is the only time of year that I can stomach ham and bean soup.

It will be different this year having my mom here. We have never shared Christmas in our home with anyone. We moved away from family when the kids were 2 and 4 and I always wanted the kids to wake up in their own home on Christmas so we never traveled back to Phoenix on the actual holiday. We would usually make time between Thanksgiving and Christmas to celebrate with family. She would spend the actual holiday with my brother in the past.

We usually watch movies all day and play with the kids new toys. Of course, as they are getting older that means video games. I usually try to make sure at least a few of their presents are something we can enjoy as a family. This year I also bought them both gingerbread house kits. We have never, ever made gingerbread houses and I thought it would be something fun for the boys to do with my mom. I am sure the older one will be just thrilled….

We are planning to bring Christmas dinner to my dad at the home. They have private family dining rooms you can use. Of course, since we are new I didn’t realize I had to reserve ASAP and we got the day after Christmas time slot. He is OK with that though. We will see him Christmas Eve and then again on the day after Christmas. To be honest, his days blend together so much that he may not even realize it.

I hope you all have a wonderful time with your families!

Love, Barb


  1. Oh, I’ve heard great things about cioppino and we just love seafood. Ya’ll have a very Merry Christmas!