The Holidays, y'all!
Holy cow y'all, it's almost 2019. Where the heck did this year go? I don't know about y'all, but the holiday season is absolutely insane in our family. Not only are both of our businesses in their busy seasons, but our family life goes into overdrive as well!
Salon life during the holidays is a little bitter sweet. Bitter in that I go home absolutely exhausted from over filling my days trying to get everyone in; but sweet because I love my clients and the busy days catching up with them just seem to fly by. I pretty much blinked and it went from Halloween to the day after Christmas.
I've been a little torn as well the past couple of weeks on what to share with y'all. I figured a life update, followed by my holiday outfits, would be a good way to cover all my bases. So, I apologize in advance if this gets long, & my outfits will be coming ASAP!
This was Indy Rose's first Christmas, and I have to say she handled it like a champ. Normally the day of Christmas Eve is so over packed that we just collapse in bed at the end of the night, then the kids sleep late and open Santa gifts whenever they wake up. Thankfully this year everyone kind of changed the schedule on us, and it was all spread out enough that we got to enjoy everyone in their own time! Our Christmas Eve service even fell at a time that Indy napped the entire service and I got to listen to the whole thing! Moms out there understand my struggle!
Pre-Christmas activities included ice skating, gingerbread house building, lots of Elf on the Shelf moving, a breakfast with Santa, and a ballet recital that was everything my girl mom heart had ever dreamed of!
Our First two family gatherings were at my Parent's house, with my family. The first was with the Smith side of the family. We haven't done as much with that side since my grandparents passed, so its been amazing to do both Thanksgiving and Christmas together this year. We just spent time together and ate all the food. Indy has a cousin only a few days older than her, so it was so fun watching them interact!
Second, we did our family Christmas with my immediate family. Mom's living room was a wrapping paper disaster in .5 seconds, but we had so much fun watching the kids open presents. Mom always goes a little overboard, which of course was passed on to me. We are both also terrible at keeping secrets, so its so fun when we actually make it to the gift giving day without telling everyone what they're getting. We drank mulled wine, ate more amazing food, and played with toys.. it doesn't get much better than that!
We spent the 23rd and Christmas Eve with Zach's family. We get together with his family a lot, they are all super close. One of his sisters lives out of town, so it's extra special when her little fam is in town! My in-laws have 10 grandchildren total. I'm so glad my kids get to grow up being so close with their cousins. Some of my best memories come from playing with my cousins at my grandparent's house. So, I'm glad they will have those same memories!We did end up having to leave one of his grandparent's meals early for out Christmas Eve service at church. Zach plays bass at church, so we had to be there a little early for practice. Silas was so excited that he was going to get to hold a candle. It was a Christmas miracle, but both girls slept through the entire service (which is 99% very loud music) and I got to enjoy the whole thing!
We got home just in time to put on our pj's, sprinkle some reindeer food in the yard, and leave the cookies out for Santa.
Thankfully our kids sleep in, and around 9 am we opened Santa's gifts. Then we spent the rest of the day vegging out on the couch, and eating Grinch pancakes!
I would love to hear about some of your Christmas Traditions. Feel free to leave them in the comments!