Soooo… christmas happened. It was quick and painless, and this year I had a place to put my blame for my ‘holiday whatever’s’. We didn’t really have much planned around here. The 24th is actually Michelle’s birthday, so she came by, I made us lunch, and we sat around and finished our last minute Christmas gifts together while Marlowe napped. Alex, was of course scheduled to work all of Christmas eve so I brought Michelle to my brothers house for our family get together (we usually get together on the eve, not the day). My sister-in-law, Nicole cooked a wonderful (all from scratch) meal for everyone and was wonderful enough to make sure anything that could be vegan (not meat) was vegan! They use almond milk and vegan butter at their house anyway, but still, I know she went out of her way to make sure it was Marlowe and Drea friendly. Alex came home late that night (like always) and he prepped pizza dough for the morning. He had been told that day that he would no longer have Christmas off and would have to come into work the next day. We were all bummed. Our first Christmas as a family (and one of Alex’s only days off that week) was cut short…. and then… even shorter when he found out he would have to go into work hours earlier than we had anticipated. We still made the best of the time we had together… We sat in the living room together while Marlowe and Alex opened gifts. Alex made us pizza, and Michelle came by with even more gifts for all of us to open. After Alex left to work, Laura joined us to spend a non christmas-y, christmas together. We took a walk to Michelle’s house in the hot december, Florida sun. We drank iced coffees and listened to the most ridiculous gift Marlowe received: a keyboard cat from my friend, Anita. We walked back home and I dressed Marlowe and I up to go out that evening. It was decided that I would have to make the best out of our situation and if Alex couldn’t be with his family on Christmas, then his family would have to go to him. So that’s what we did. Marlowe, myself, and my family went out to eat at his restaurant for Christmas dinner, and like always, we made sure to get the booth near Alex, so Marlowe could see a little more of him. I wasn’t surprised to find the restaurant was empty and unnecessarily open on Christmas…. on one hand it was upsetting to have him miss his one day off that week to be at an empty place… and on the other hand it was good to have Alex, able to come and sit with us every so often, and come home a little earlier: at 10 pm. We sat around with that damn keyboard cat and then Alex put Marlowe to bed so we could sit and relax together for a few moments before ending the day. And that was Christmas.
outside. christmas eve day. making an extra special christmas gift for daddy and some other family members too. Yes, outside. I had to turn my AC back on for two days. I was pissed.
last minute present makers.
christmas eve at my brother and sister-in-law’s home.
some of many presents, for Alex.
christmas eve night, insisting to prep the pizza dough for tomorrow // christmas pizza.
wanting to wear red // christmas morning excitement!
michelle comes by with: more gifts and three amazing hand knit stockings (filled).
marlowe’s favorite person, her uncle chris // christmas night, home from work with a keyboard cat.
christmas day coffee.