Monday, December 31, 2012

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

I almost ruined Christmas.

We went to Eastern Washington for Christmas and stayed all last week. In the mad dash to get everything in our cars and over there before the Seahawks game (we're going to playoffs baby!)  I forgot all the presents Santa had dropped off!

I'd even asked him to bring them early since I knew we wouldn't be home for Christmas.

It wasn't until we had stopped off at my Grandma's and were on our way to eat that I realized what had happened. There may have been tears shed (mine) an offer to drive over and get them (B's) but I didn't feel right making him spend 5 hours in the car for my mistake. So, two days before Christmas I went to the biggest store in my family's town and in the bigger one next to it: Walmart.

I hate Walmart.

I know the Bambinos didn't know any different but the Santa gifts were so cool and the whole reason I wanted to spend Christmas in Eastern Washington was so that my grandma could share in the excitement of the Bambinos' eyes lighting up when they saw their gifts.

I was heartbroken.

The Bambinos still loved their gifts, even though I think their Santa ones are better. They'll get those ones on their birthday which is less than a month away. And, besides that snafu, Christmas was great!

It was a week filled with family from near to far, a ton of food  and all around happiness as we spent time with those we love so much. This year was extra special because for the first time ever, all four great-grandchildren spent Christmas with my grandma. I'm soooo happy we made it over there, as I've mentioned before, it's one of my favorite places to visit.
Bug taking an interest in a baby cousin.
This little cousin is adorable! But, this is all you get to see, I refuse to put someone else's kid on the internet.
B was completely overwhelmed because my family is so much bigger than his and the opening of presents was pretty much chaos. There really is paper flying everywhere with so many of us in one room.

B's fave present is a custom bobble head! I'll have a review of the company up soon.
 Christmas day was a much smaller affair with only my little family, my sister, mom and Grandma eating dinner at my Grandma's house. I loved being able to visit with my grandma and listen to her tell stories about when my mom was little or about when my Grandpa was in the army.

All last week, I just kept thinking, I am so blessed.

From my family to yours, Merry (belated) Christmas.

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  1. Merry Belated Christmas girl - I love that shirt.

  2. Haha, love that custom bobblehead.

  3. LOVE the customer bobblehead, how funny!

    Looking forward to your posts in the new year :)

    - Talia

    P.S. I hate Walmart too.

  4. You guys are so adorable. And fortunately the kids are so little that they'll have no idea about the Santa snafu! At least you have their birthday shopping out of the way--ha!

    That bobblehead is HILARIOUS. No wonder it's B's fave. :)

    We had a busy Christmas with my extended family as well. It's so fun to see everyone, but by the end of the day I am so ready for sleep. It's nice to be back home, though I'm kind of dreading taking down all the Christmas decorations (especially the tree). :( :(

  5. I LOVE THAT SHIRT. Ha! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas- and as far as I'm concerned, a family holiday just isn't complete without some sort of "oops" moment- and a lot of chaos. :) Happy New Year!

  6. Merry Christmas! So adorable. I HATE doing a job twice - but - you saved the day! Woohoo for mama.

  7. That's great that you got to spend Christmas with your Grandma! I'm sorry you forgot the gifts, but I bet they didn't even notice! I doubt you will do that again! ;)

  8. I would definitely have cried if I had forgot the gifts...but I could definitely see myself doing that. I forgot my MAKEUP on our Christmas trip. Needless to say, I had to make a trip to Target to replace some of it and then stole my mom's eye makeup. :) I'm so forgetful since having a kid (I think because I'm too focused on not forgetting any of my son's or boyfriend's stuff, I end up forgetting my own)! Glad it all turned out okay!

  9. Just a lil trip are ok. They will never know....unless they read your blog. :) And I never realized just how similar your babes look JUST LIKE YOU AS A KIDDO!!! Sooooo cute.


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