|I got this little jumper for my God-daughter Katherine when she was almost 2, now Helena gets to wear it!|
|hanging with Grandpa|
|Smiles with Grandma|
Christmas as come and done, and I feel like our celebration this year was sorta a waste. I did a lot of work, and I find myself questioning what it was all for. Last year after the holidays Chris and I decided we would be staying home (Denver) for the holidays. I had really looked forward to that. Once we moved and I knew it would be different, I just felt different. About a week and a half before Christmas Chris and I laid in bed and discussed what to do for dinner. I knew I didn't want to spend Christmas in Alamogordo. What I really wanted was to erase time and spend our holiday in Denver. The next best thing (I guess) was to drive the 3 hours to Albuquerque and spend it with my family.
Christmas Eve eve Chris and I opened presents and put out the rest of the presents for Helena under the tree. I made biscuits and gravy in the morning and Helena opened her gifts while we FaceTimed with Grandma and Grandpa Sweat. We left around noon. That afternoon/evening drove to my Aunt Patti and Uncle Jeff's house. They have a beautiful new house in Corrales that has an amazing view, it's breathtaking. It was a fun to see a lot of family and just hang out. Helena looked super cute in her Christmas dress. I made a gender reveal cake for my family to tell them the news that baby is boy, and it turned out ok. The family got the idea and are thrilled the family is getting another boy! Our family seems to have a pretty solid pattern of alternating boy girl boy girl.
Christmas Day was sorta boring especially since my family doesn't socialize. My dad watched basketball all day long, Chris watched work videos, I'm not too sure what my mom did. That morning Helena and I went to my friend Michelle's parents house to hangout for a little bit. During Helena's nap time I cooked a pizza appetizer thing and some guacamole. For dinner we had tamales. This is something I want to drastically change for my family, especially now that we are a family of four. I want to actually create memories and traditions for Christmas Day. Growing up in my family Christmas Day has never really been that exciting. The big day as always been Christmas Eve. So any fun traditions you have for Christmas Day please share!
By that evening the big news was the massive snow storm coming into southeastern NM. My big fear was the state highways, specifically highway 380 which takes us east before heading south to Alamogordo. In my ideal world we would have just stayed in Albuquerque until Monday, but the bigger problem was Chris didn't pack his correct amount of pills. So we had to be back in Alamogordo on Sunday, at the latest. So we decided to leave on Saturday. On Saturday there was another family get together, which we missed. And that just sucked. So the one full day we were in Albuquerque (Christmas Day) we didn't even really do anything.
Who knows when we'll live in a place that feels like home again for me to really feel like I want to create traditions and memories but I honestly want to get there already.