Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A Very Wellington Christmas

Well hello there. I'm back from my little blog holiday and I'd love to tell you I feel more inspired than ever to blog. But I don't. Getting all that family time and not participating in much internet shenanigans leaves me wanting more. Every day since Christmas, I'd pop into my reader and see everyone with their Christmas updates and then New Years updates and there I was, with no pictures even uploaded. And I didn't care.

But alas, the pull of the blog-world, she's a strong one. So here I am. And I've got my Christmas post to boot. I could break it up into a 16 part mini series but neither you or I care that much. So let's get to it!

How was your Christmas? Mine was fantastic. All of our celebrating was spread out over a few days so it didn't seem like we were rushing around to do much. And that part was mucho importante. We started a few days before Christmas, baking cookies with my mom, or Geeg as Gabe calls her. He actually really got into it, cutting the shapes, eating the icing, sprinkling the sprinkles, eating the icing, dropping the sprinkles, eating the icing... Luckily, after he grew bored, my mom took him outside to play while I got the other 12 dozen cookies cranked out. Geeg is always good for some Gabe entertainment!

I got my cookies all packed up then sent Gabe out with John the next day to deliver them to all of our neighbors. It was adorable.

The next day we hosted our annual Christmas Eve dinner, a day early. My side of the family, including both my mom AND my dad (shocker!) came over for dinner and our gift exchange. We went all out on the menu, eschewing the traditional meal in favor of pulled pork, macaroni & cheese, potato salad, green bean casserole, cornbread, etc. It was fantastic. Of course, Gabe got all hopped up on cookies instead of a real meal and after unwrapping all the presents, he promptly went nuts.

Here he is singing his favorite Christmas song, Jingle Bells.

That kid cracks me up.

The next night, we were able to scoot up to my bff's mom's house for her annual Christmas Eve party. I used to be a regular fixture at this party until, you know, childbirth. So it was fantastic to see Kel and her whole fam again. Gabe got spoiled by his godmother and entertained a small crowd by dancing for potato chips. I wish I had video here for that but you'll just have to believe me that my kid is a whore for a chip.

I'm not sure about his looks of confusion and disdain here, he got some pretty sweet gifts!

It's blurry and Gabe has a wedgie but still, so cute. Hugs.


Since it was Christmas Eve, we had to race home to get cookies out for Santa, open up new pj's and get into bed at a normal hour. I would have loved to stayed and drank my face off but there were presents to assemble and trees to put up. I appreciated my parenting choices early the next morning.

The next morning, our little preshus slept til 8am and we gradually made our way downstairs. We kept it simple with presents by sort of following the "Something you Want, something you Need, something to Wear and something to Read". Well, he may have gotten multiples in the Read category and possibly a bonus Want, but I'm thrilled with our choice to not spoil him. Especially after seeing the amount of toys everyone else has gifted him. My house is currently insane. Like for real. Toys everywhere. I'm burying my head in the sand.

Also, all my pictures are blurry. Sads.

Seeing the tree and presents for the first time...

 We hid his "big" present and rolled it on out to him...

He's been riding the neighbor girl's little Barbie scooter for a few months so we knew he'd love it.

Also? I got a Mac! Squeel!
Christmas night we headed to my aunt's for our big Christmas dinner. When we were all younger, the place was crawling with kiddies. Since I have twenty something first cousins, there was always chaos and honestly, as a kid, it was amazing. These days, everyone is going to in-laws, there's not that many little ones and it's just not the same. Luckily Gabe found his pal Kylie, my goddaughter, who is Gabe's godfather's daughter. They had a blast.

 Gabe's outfit? I die.

I can't handle the cuteness! Look at his little hand! That's his Uncle Chris.

Oh man, I can't take this kid!

 Love the crap out of him!

Soon after, Gabe got loaded up with more presents. His godfather seriously loves spoiling him.

 That there's a train table. It was only a matter of time.

And because I never post videos and I'm sure no one cares, here's how Gabe ended the night. As he usually does. Doing laps.

If you've made it this far, good for you!

We had a fantastic Christmas and we're freaking blessed to have all that we do. I hope you have the same general feeling. Happy 2013!


Debby said...

Such a cute little guy. Love his bed head. Christmas is so much fun at his age. I like the idea of the presents. It scares me when they get so many. My granddaughters do and I don't want them to get so they expect it.

Katie said...

Cute pics pup. I can't wait until next year's Christmas already to see Nora tear into some presents.

Jillian Keefe said...

Happy New Year Shannon!
I am so glad you are back b/c I just love reading your posts. You make me giggle and the pictures of Gabe are just too stinken cute. The suspender outfit...LOVE! I just love your gift idea for Christmas...Something you want, need, etc. GREAT! It can get too overwhelming trying to scale back on Christmas.
Now...if I could only get a post out after wayyy too long not blogging. So hard to get back into it...isnt it!!

Mollie D said...

Aurgh! Suspenders! Charlie had suspenders too, and a bow tie. Seriously love the plaid on corduroy with the jacket- little professor. So cute! Glad you're back, we missed ya

*claire* said...

i love his little rosy cheeks in all of these pictures! he seems like he is having such fun! (oh if only we got that excited as adults) happy new year to the wellingtons!

LizzieBeth said...

I wish I could put into words how much I adore that little boy. Actually, how much I adore your whole family. Seriously- you, John, Gabe- I am so blessed to know you and call you a friend.

Glad you had a great holiday and Happy New Year to you and yours.


Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

Gabe's expressions slay me. Especially the giggles on the steps!

I love that you did the want / need / wear / read. I suggested this to my family when we did the gift exchange this year. We did 1 gift to total a certain amount and gave a list with these items to make it easier on some of those that had never shopped for each there. It worked out PERFECT! And I love the less is more too.

I will be thankful for ideas like this when I have a little one, when I know I won't have the money to go crazy, and honestly that a few gifts is better - get them what they want, need, wear and read! :)

Happy Late Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Emily said...

I love our family, so glad you had a wonderful Christmas! Love that Gabe, such a handsome fella.


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