Merry Christmas! I wrote a week or so ago about how it didn’t feel like Christmas this year, and I feel like after I wrote that, I kept seeing more people posting similar sentiments. Is it the weather? Where is the snow?
Last weekend, my parents, Robbie, Eleanor and I went down to Nashville for the weekend. I really like Nashville a lot, and I think it has a lot of similarities to the things we like in Australia (i.e. good coffee!). We visited my cousin who is very pregnant and not able to travel up to Indy for Christmas, went shopping at a giant outlet mall, had delicious coffee, and visited with some friends we know from Australia. It was a great weekend for sure, and Eleanor continued to prove that she’s a decently adaptable baby. She particularly loved hanging out on the beds in the hotel after a long day out and about.
My sister, brother-in-law and niece arrived on Monday night after we got back from Nashville, and some of the girls, including my other niece, made some Christmas cookies on Tuesday. We continued watching Star Wars. (I only have 2 more until I am ready for the new one!)
Yesterday, my siblings and I prepared a big feast for the whole family, including Aunts and Uncles and cousins. We went Italian, and I contributed by making my Grandma Kinney’s famous rolls and turning half of them into breadsticks. They turned out pretty well I’d say. It was great seeing everyone and having them meet Eleanor. We opened gifts and hung out together – Eleanor definitely is winning the Christmas game :)
After everyone left, we watched a bit of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which is a completely ridiculous but awesome movie, before heading to bed. Our little party animal daughter didn’t go to bed until after 11pm (she had several naps throughout the day), so she didn’t wake up until 9:30am this morning. I am thinking I am going to stop trying to get her on schedule here because in a few weeks, we’ll just have to do it all again. Because we don’t really have a massive pressure to have a schedule here then why not. :)
We’ve just hung out today for the most part, aside from a nice late lunch that my parents made. It’s definitely a different kind of Christmas these days with a baby, but I love it. I am really looking forward to future Christmases when Eleanor knows a bit more what’s going on and gets excited about all the festivities.
I hope you’ve had a great Christmas with your loved ones. I am hoping to write more next week about my plans and hopes for the New Year, including my thoughts on what the blog will look like. See you in a week!