Ah, where to begin? It has been so long.
At the end of the summer, I put the blog on the shelf for a little while. For a lot of reasons. Some obvious reasons, like how busy we are and how time flies by before I have a chance to write about our days or my thoughts. Other more complicated reasons, like thinking about how my blogging needs to change as the kids grow older, and how or whether I should share these moments in our lives in an online space.
I still don’t have answers for a lot of my questions. I don’t want the blog to end, but I also feel like it needs to shift, as we do each year as the kids grow. I also haven’t found a miracle pocket of time to write, but the blog is important to me — it always has been — and this holiday season, I decided to kick it back into gear (perhaps a slightly different gear) so I could look back on these memories as I do all the previous ones.
As a parent, it goes without saying that the holidays become more magical as your kids grow into the magic. This is really the first year that both kids are old enough to truly get into the spirit of the holidays, and we are having such a wonderful time with it. It has already been a season of firsts.
First time on the Polar Express (on the B&O railroad)
First time the kids got really engaged in the hunt to find the perfect Christmas tree (at the uncles’ farm)
(I’d like to say the first time the kids decorated the Christmas tree all by themselves, but nope, they definitely lost interest about two ornaments in.)
Not our first trip to NYC…
…but our first time enjoying breakfast with Santa at Rockefeller Center, which was such a wonderful treat from K. All you could eat breakfast with hot chocolate, mimosas, a chocolate fountain (we spent a lot of time there), gingerbread cookies, Santa and his elves, and even Christmas carolers! All at a table looking out at the ice rink.
After breakfast, we had VIP passes to skate at Rockefeller — our first time not at Bryant Park. The rink is a little smaller, a lot more crowded, and way more hazardous as there is less skating than there is selfie-taking, but it was absolutely a bucket list experience! Nell is a pro these days, but it was Guy’s first time on ice skates!
This is also the first holiday season I am doing an Advent calendar of good deeds for Nell. I filled her calendar with slips of paper full of good deeds and nice things she could do for others. For her good deeds while we were in NYC, I filled her purse with coins, which she put in Salvation Army buckets across the city as she found them. She even got to ring the bells at each stop!
We’ve got more adventures planned for the holiday season, and I look forward to sharing them here. (I am hoping one of those adventures is getting four elegantly-dressed people — ideally our family members, but as my holiday card deadline approaches, I am flexible in that regard — to smile at a camera at the same time in front of a festive, holiday background. Is that too much to ask?)