Friday, January 8, 2016

Christmas and a New Year

2015 brought lots of changes to our lives, including celebrating Christmas and ending the year as a family of three.  We definitely enjoyed our first Christmas playing Santa, and B enjoyed the mountains of gifts he received.  He was out for winter break, so we jumped into the parenting thing full force when he moved in.

We may or may not have been counting down the days until school starts back! :)

The week of Christmas was spent playing board games, watching movies, and building gingerbread houses!

On Christmas Eve, we baked cookies for Santa and made sure to put out carrots for each of the reindeer.  B went to sleep and then Santa got to work,  putting out a bike and a few other toys.  We tried to only do a few things from Santa and more from us, because I feel like Santa shouldn't be the one to give big gifts.  

On Christmas morning, we opened presents, then our families began swinging by for breakfast and to see what all B got (plus open more presents).  We chose to stay home most of Christmas day, because we wanted B to get to have time to play with his new toys (and to keep his hyperactivity in check).  Based on what we know about his past, this was probably the most elaborate Christmas he's ever experienced, and we wanted him to enjoy it.  We also had several meals with family, one of which he made an announcement at - about how happy he was to be there and thanking everyone for being so nice to him.  He's definitely been blessed with tons of new family that have welcomed him in and shown him what it's like to have people that care about him.

The next week we spent playing with toys, riding bikes, playing a two day game of Monopoly, and watching movies. 

 B decided that he was going to be able to stay up until midnight on New Year's Eve, so got some sparkly 2016 glasses and sparkling white grape juice (which we had to remind him over and over that it was ONLY grape juice! haha).  Somehow he stayed awake, even though we were struggling, and after a dozen games of Uno, we rang in 2016....then promptly went to bed.  On New Year's Day, B slept until 10, which gave me and Graham a couple hours alone to silently drink our coffee and play Uno, complete with ruthless "Draw 4's" and whispered cursing.  

On New Year's Day, I made us a meal full of luck: Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin, Black Eye Peas, Greens, and Cornbread.  B is still talking about how delicious the pork was.  Thank youuuuu Pinterest!

A joyous time was had by all.

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