Thankfully, I managed to stay semi-healthy through December 25th pm. We had a fabulous Christmas with family. Alex's first Christmas at home was a blast! I am not sure he understood it all -- and probably thinks: "weird trees in house, extra lights here and there, open presents, wait a few days, open more presents, eat lot of foods".
We hosted Christmas Eve here at my house for my mom's family. This used to be a long standing tradition that was never missed. However, for the last few years it's been rather on again, off again. I guess that's what happens as we all get older, but I am thankful my kids to got experience one of my most treasured childhood memories.
Christmas Day the kids slept until 8:30am! Even when they did wake up, there was no rush to open presents -- Tatiana knew what the day was, but she was content to look at her stocking and ease into things. Yes, mama is VERY spoiled by such good little kids! Gramma Darlin joined us and we opened mama presents, and Santa presents and finally had a late breakfast. After some down time, we were off to Great Gramma's for more merriment. And that's when I started feeling sick....
Alex opening presents, Christmas morning
Tatiana opens a Karaoke machine!
After a long Christmas Day
Tatiana and BFF, cousin Mary, on Christmas Eve -- striking poses
Christmas Eve - ready for bed
My kids have been awesome this week. Sick, crabby, mama didn't have the energy to do half the projects we had planned, but they were still very well behaved. Now, if we can just find space for the new things. Tatiana managed to stay up until mid-night with me last night to watch the ball drop. Her comments: "Mama, did it break"?? I just worship that girl. She was the best date I have EVER had on a New Year's Eve.
Next weekend is the Russian Orthodox Christmas and 8 months home for Alex! It's hard to believe that just last year at this time I was waiting, not so patiently, for travel dates to head to Russia to meet the little guy. The past 8 months have flown by, yet in most ways, it feels like he's been here forever. I can't wait for the days when Alex can stay up til midnight too!