There was no denying the fact that I came home and cried on Boxing Day after dropping Liam off with his dad. Despite Liam’s cough and cold holding on, we had a fantastic week hanging out with my parents, having a ton of fun for the holidays. Here’s some of the highlights:
Relaxing and Being Lazy
With Liam still battling his cough and cold, we made sure that we had lots of rest time snuggled on the couch. I’m sure we watched the original How The Grinch Stole Christmas about 500 times over the course of the week.
My dad’s friend dropped off his quad with a sled and snow racer to pull behind it. Liam had a blast being pulled behind the sled and turned out to be quite the little daredevil on the snow racer. I’m trying to figure out how to access that quad more often throughout the winter! He also received hand me down helmet and elbow pads for skating, which he wore inside all day every day while he played some indoor hockey.
Evenings consisted of game nights both with Liam and after he was in bed, where many laughs were shared over endless rounds of Uno and Trouble, some family favourites.
We ate an early dinner so we could take a little drive closer to town to watch for Santa flying through the sky. It’s one of my favourite things about spending Christmas Eve with my parents, watching the local airport owner flying a plane with sparks put the back. Even though Liam was a little bit grumpy, he was still excited to see Santa flying through the sky. We hurried home so he could open his new Christmas jammies and get off to bed. Before drifting off to sleep, Liam said to me, “Mom, I just love the reindeer”. It was so sweet and something I won’t forget.
Liam woke up at a respectable 7am and was still a little bit sleepy when we went upstairs to see if Santa had come. It took him a minute to realize that there were a ton of gifts and an overflowing stocking waiting for him to open. We dug right in to gift opening which was slightly chaotic between one excited toddler and one excited dog tearing into all the gifts they could get their hands/paws on. Liam and I were both spoiled.
The rest of the day consisted of playing with every single new toy, for both Liam and us. Hilarity ensued when we tested out my dad’s new teeny drones, which proved to be incredibly difficult to fly. There were many near misses and then an incident involving the dog which resulted in having the cut the drone out of her hair when I accidentally flew the drone into her and got the propellers tangled up. Even funnier was mom trying to be stern saying “this is not funny” and then laughing herself.
Dad also got the new Guitar Hero Live which we spent a lot of time trying to master. Turns out dad wins for receiving the most fun gifts this year.
Christmas really isn’t about the gifts to me, it’s about the family time, creating memories, watching Liam’s eyes light up and experiencing the magic of Christmas again through a child’s eyes. That’s what made coming home so hard, knowing it was all over for another year.
Whether your Christmas was busy or quiet, I hope it was magical just the same. Now do I really have to go back to work tomorrow?