MERRY CHRISTMAS (kid-centric)

Merry Christmas to the blogosphere!  I hope that this year brought you good news.  If it didn't, I hope that you were able to persevere through the crappy times and find nuggets of goodness here and there.  It hasn't been an easy year for us and we are already toasting to letting this year go.  I will be toasting to the ending of 2013 for another week and have resolved to let myself have fun and do what feels good to get through the holidays.

Meanwhile, here's a nugget of goodness for me.

We continued our tradition of fondue on Christmas Eve, and Baby X enjoyed a pb&j rather than cheese fondue, beef tenderloin and shrimp cooked in broth fondue.  Hey, more for me, right?


After we put him to bed, it was time for Santa to get busy setting up his new train table!  Santa did a bang up job getting the tracks laid out with bridges and loops while S and I lounged around sipping wine.

The morning brought excitement as Baby X discovered his new train set, ate some gingerbread pancakes and took a short walk to the park, then it was off to grandparent Christmas #1 for the afternoon where he was spoiled, as expected.  He isn't entirely sure about presents beyond ripping the paper off, but he knows what to do with clothing.  (Toss at Mom and look for another present to rip and tear)  Bribery is in full swing in our world "If you try on the jacket Grandma bought for you, you can have dessert".  Normally, I look for a way to make him think trying on said jacket is his idea, but after a half-hour battle over getting dressed to go to Grandma's house in the first place, I was a bit worn down.  Damn if he didn't slip that jacket on lickety-split.



We took a short tour to look at impressively lit-up homes, one of which set the light show to music.  And, as we attempt to put Baby X to bed because he's exhausted but doesn't seem to know it, I'm happy that Santa chose the most awesome gift, that we were all together today enjoying good weather, good food and good company.