|Birthday breakfast in bed!|
|Birthday dinner at Kanpai Japanese Steakhouse!|
|Local Christmas tree lighting!|
|Santa Brunch with Oma, Opa, Nana, and Pops!|
|My little drummer boy!|
|Loving his new cars!|
|Chasing Daddy for his Gummi Bear stocking treats!|
|Discovering Great Grandpa's accordion!|
|Sweetest little elf around!|
|Catching up with old friends and celebrating a baby on the way!|
|Attending Joe's company party!|
|Dinner out sans all 5 kids!|
It was missed naps, overstimulated kids, too many treats, fights over new toys, shuttling from one holiday gathering to another, overplayed carols, baking endless batches of cookies, getting frustrated over not being able to find the right gift, orchestrating festive logistics, decorating the house, too many battery operated toys, finding where to display countless [adorable] cards, bribing kids to eat their meals for one more piece of Advent calendar chocolate, and negotiating who sits where and who drinks out of which cup.
But our Christmas was rich. Blessed. Filled. Joyful.
In between all the maddening chaos there was an impromptu brunch date with the girls, a New Years Eve run, another breakfast date and lunch date with dear friends and more friends and our mamas, excitement over opening all those adorable Christmas cards from family and friends near and far, gifts to wrap, excited faces to see, twinkling lights, adult time, amazing food (Christmas Eve fondue and Christmas Day Italian dinner!), new toys that kept kiddos happily entertained while it was cold and rainy outside, movie dates, dinner dates, grand kid and grandparent sleepovers, and happy talk for big things happening the following year.
We've smoothly glided into 2013. The boys will soon transition to their big boy beds and potty training will be attempted early this spring. Joe has started running a little again and my resolution is to read one book a month. Thankfully, my friend Amy has helped jump start me by suggesting we read a book together, so I'm making enjoyable progress on The Expats. Plans are already in place for the boys' 3rd (third?!?!) birthday party next month along with a girls' weekend away. Joe has a guys' trip planned to Austin, TX and dates are on the calendar for our trip to Florida in March and another beach vacation with friends in May/June.
Our lives are simple. Our needs are met and most of our wants are too. We are truly lucky. 2013 is set to be another good year.