We spent a total of 3 weeks up in the Seattle area. It was amazing. We saw a handful of friends and lots of family. We shopped. Traveled to Cle Elum and Orcas Island. We had lots of late nights, drinking wine, eating popcorn, and watching movies/being entertained by a 1 month old.
We celebrated Christmas #1 with my dad’s side of the family [at my parents house] the first weekend we were there. It was nice, quiet and laid back. Nice way to ease into all the festivities.
Nana [aka the baby burp whisper] with Mason.
Auntie Kiki getting in some snuggles.
Meeting both great grandma’s for the first time. Lots of love.
Mason made my dad’s mom a first time great grandma. So sweet.
Papa was more than happy to give up his role as Santa to rock this little guy to sleep.
Christmas is exhausting, I know.
This would be my father’s doing… I know, surprise surprise.
Mom on the other hand, got him a more practical “spend, save, give” money planner. That’s no surprise either.
Tradition. A mighty fine one if you ask me.
Every other year my mom’s side of the family travels to Leavenworth and we ALL stay in one big house. It’s crazy, but it’ crazy fun. Due to weather, the power had gone out at the lodge. The day we were all suppose to leave, we were determined to fine another spot to hold all 27 -ish of us. With some quick thinking, we found the last 2 houses in Cle Elum/Suncadia, booked it and headed out a few hours later. Major props to my family for getting creative!
Christmas Eve my in-laws and sister-in-law drove over for a visit with
the family baby mason.
I mean, look at that smile. You really can’t get enough of it.
He’s that chill 88% of the time. Such a good baby.
This is how my husband does cocktail hour. Ergo’ing it up.
It’s also how he was able to get some uninterrupted baby time. Thankfully he needed me (my boob) every two hours.
Christmas eve is so magical, in my opinion.
Beautiful conversations. Intense card games. Lots of alcohol. Laughter. Amazing food. Gratitude and excitement.
Our last minute makeshift tree. Hey, it worked.
We only do gifts for the kids under 18. For the adults, we do a $20 limit “as seen on tv” white elephant gift. From bumpits, to a Justin Bieber toothbrush to Snuggies. It was HILARIOUS.
Mason smiled and laughed every time these two were face to face. It was the sweetest thing!
I couldn’t help it.
There was a sale at Pottery Barn Kids.
Half of us did ugly sweaters.
Yup, this happened. I still don’t understand the whole mustache craze, but I have to say, this is pretty cute.
I’d say M’s first Christmas was a good one! Busy, but good.
After this, we packed up (again) and spent a week up on Orcas Island with just Nana and Papa. I’ll be sharing that next!