This Christmas was a time for enjoying family, relaxing and watching the boys have fun. We flew down to San Jose where my sister and her husband live and survived our first flight with the boys.
Armed with twenty pounds of snacks and our go-go babyz travelers we were set…..
Which was a good thing because we had to endure AN HOUR DELAY on our outbound flight. Luckily SeaTac has a good baby play area.
The boys got to stretch their legs and play for a bit.
The flight went okay, but boy were we relieved to see my mom waiting to pick us up when we got off the flight.
We highly recommend go-go babyz car seat attachments if you’re traveling with a toddler or younger… it clips right on to their car seat and we gate checked one seat and had the other on the flight with us (we had three seats for the four of us).
After getting settled in at their house our first official Christmas activity was opening our Wonderballs. I wanted to try out this activity for the boys and thought we could all give it a whirl, perhaps making it a new tradition. We drew names out of a hat at Thanksgiving and everyone was in charge of that person for their wonderball. The idea was to pick up little trinket or stocking stuffer type gifts and wrap them in yarn, making a ball. Then as the receiver unwraps the yarn the gifts are revealed.
The wonderballs I made weren’t exactly round though… it’s hard shopping for men!
My ball had candy and chocolates inside which was perfect!
I think Curtis had the most yarn to unravel, I was determined to make his round.
The boys are still a little young for this but we had a fun time watching them pull on the string and help Grandma unravel her ball.
They had some new cars and treats inside their balls, here’s a little video of Miles getting into his:
I could see making this a tradition, but definitely using fatter yarn is the way to go.
With so many family members to help with the boys we all got some great one on one time with them (as well as time for napping).
And the weather was so wonderful (it’s California after all) we got plenty of walks out in the fresh air.
One walk took us to the neighborhood sandwich shop … which was amazingly delicious. We even managed to get a family picture while we were in the booth.
Well sort of.
Miles was more about eating than smiling.
But a family shot all the same.
The big meal for Christmas was held at my Aunt’s house an hour drive away from sister’s house so we made the trek and spent a night over there. It was a great time to see some of my cousins I haven’t seen in a while and for them to meet the boys for the first time.
Hubby bought the boys and I new lounger pjs for Christmas and boy are they cozy!
Sis and I on Christmas morning.
The boys got a pretty good haul of toys and (of course) everything was a hit. We took the morning slowly and let the boys play with each toy a bit before moving on to the next gift.
Eventually we needed to stop for a breakfast break.
Then it was back to the toys!
Hubby snagged a pretty good nap after the morning excitement, right next to the beautiful tree.
We had plenty of time to just hang out with family and play with the boys and their new gifts.
And during their nap we got in some time on the Ticket To Ride board.
My Aunt has a long hallway, perfect for chasing boys.
The official family christmas picture did NOT go over well.
So it was back to shoulder rides.
And one more try at pictures.
Lounging with Uncle Curtis.
We started sitting down for the big dinner and I gave the boys some toys to play with. This picture cracks me up because Miles whipped this one together in a flash, opened his arms, said TA TA and then immediately started signing our word for bread. BRAAAA? I guess he was in “Will do puzzles for bread.” mode.
Grandpa and the boys (and the turkey).
We trekked back to Jeanie and Curtis’s house and the next day Miles got in some good bonding time with their cat log pillow.
He was so funny, tugging and hauling it around and then rolling on the floor with it.
It wouldn’t be a good week without a few bubble baths with brother.
And stealing raisins out of Uncle CoCo’s oatmeal.
As well as snacking with Auntie GeGe.
And just like that the week was over in a flash, we were back on a plane and back home. Complete with growing head colds and coughs. We’re just now (fifteen days later) starting to feel better. How is it possibly half a month into the new year already???