Weekend Wrap Up #9

Happy Sunday! Can you believe Christmas Day came and went so quickly? Thank goodness for the 12 Days of Christmas; we’re still in the Christmas season until Epiphany on January 6th!

We put up our tree last Sunday. I can’t believe we made it that long! But just like we hoped, abstaining from Christmas things during Advent made it that much more special when we opened the candy cane and mistletoe flood gates of all things Christmas-y!

Breakfast at St. Clair Broiler

On Monday morning, we went out for breakfast at a favorite local spot, the St. Clair Broiler. It’s very close to our house, the service and food are always great, and the waitresses were all wearing Christmas sweaters. It definitely got us all in the Christmas spirit! Sean is still recovering from his jaw surgery (hence the swelling and bandages) but discovered he could eat pancakes if he cut them up into tiny bites and just swallowed them without chewing. Success!

Aiden eating bacon

Bacon will always top picture taking.

Monday evening Sean, Aiden, and I went over to Sean’s Aunt’s house for their annual Christmas Eve party. Besides the usual gift giving, all the cousins participate in The Dice Game. The Dice Game is always fun; it’s a game of chance, but still full of [usually] friendly competition! We ended up cleaning up, and came home with movie tickets, a four-pack of unlimited passes to Nickelodeon Universe, a $15 iTunes gift card, a $15 Caribou Coffee gift card, a George Foreman grill, homemade caramels, and an Angry Birds toy for Aiden (we brought that one – and wrapped it in Angry Birds wrapping paper so he would pick it ;) ).

Christmas Picture

Front: John sitting on Tammy’s lap, Tav, Sean, Dan squeezed in on the side.
Back: Mary, Clare, Aiden, Hannah

On Christmas morning, we took pictures. Lots of pictures. Having everyone dressed up and smiling is a rarity in this house, so we tried to take advantage of it while we could. After pictures we went to mass, which was absolutely beautiful. Tav and Clare both served, so it was a very special mass for our family. Aiden especially loved when Father carried the Baby Jesus statue from the outdoor crèche up to the altar. Aiden loves babies. Whenever he sees a baby, he will talk in a high voice, saying things like, “Baby! So cute! I just want to cuddle him! Can I hug him? Ah! Baby! I’m going to tickle you, baby! So cute! Ah! Can we bring the baby home? I’ll be his brother! I love babies! Ah! He’s so cute!” A statue of Baby Jesus was no exception to his usual baby response, so guess what could be heard over Hark! The Herald Angels Sing during the opening procession? Despite that, he’s actually very well-mannered during mass, and did surprisingly well for Christmas mass lasting just shy of two hours. After mass, we came home, and mom and I threw a nice brunch together in less than an hour – another success!

Most of Christmas day was spent relaxing, listening to Christmas music (finally!), and playing with new toys. In the evening, we went to Sean’s parents’ house to celebrate Christmas with the aunts and uncles from his mother’s side. Lots of good food, talking with family, and opening presents made for a great night.

Someone turned on The Nightmare Before Christmas, and I was a little apprehensive about it as a Christmas movie, especially with Aiden being so young. Fortunately, it was much less scary than I remember, and Aiden actually enjoyed it. He loved figuring things out, and I’m thankful to have such a thoughtful little boy. When Jack Skellington was delivering scary Halloween toys for Christmas, he said, “He was just trying to be nice. He thought they would like the Halloween toys, because he likes Halloween toys, but they were scared because they wanted happy Christmas toys, not scary Halloween toys, but he only knows about Halloween toys.” Then we had a chance to talk about people’s intentions, and how trouble can result when people have different understandings of what something means, even though neither understanding is necessarily wrong.

Aiden loved the many, many, gifts he received, but I always worry about him getting so many presents. Next year, I think we’ll try to talk to Sean’s parents a little more about second-hand, or sustainable presents. Molly talked about this issue recently, and how her relatives warmed up to the idea, so I have hope!

On Wednesday, we took advantage of a Groupon that would be expiring soon, and went to SkyZone. None of us had ever been there before, and were in for a very pleasant surprise! It’s an indoor trampoline park; trampolines on the ground, trampolines on the walls, trampolines everywhere! I was skeptical as to how long kids could really jump without getting bored, until I tried it for myself – so much fun! There are also trampoline dodge ball courts, and a foam block pit. We also realized that taking pictures of people jumping on trampolines is no easy feat, or perhaps we just need a little more practice with our camera. Ok, we definitely need more practice with our camera!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were fairly uneventful; full of relaxing and playing with new toys, with the exception of taking lunch to our parish Priests and Brothers on Friday. This morning, Sean, Aiden, Clare, and I went to SkyZone (again!), then dad took Clare and John to see The Hobbit, which they’ve been dying to see.

New Year’s Eve will likely be spent in our home, just the nine of us. We’ll be having a healthier New Year’s Eve dinner than usual, and I can’t wait to see the recipes my mom chooses. We also play games as late as we can stay up; I know we’re all looking forward to that!

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Sorry for such a wordy post, but there’s just so much exciting stuff going on, what with Christmas just past and New Year’s just a day away! How was your week? What did you do for Christmas? Feel free to leave a link in the comments! Does your family have big plans for New Year’s Eve, or are they more low-key?

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