Dear Crissy

Bright Christmas memories

Christmas Family Photo

I don’t really have a huge narrative about our Christmas this year to share with you. Why? Well, I’m still recovering from the whole experience, to be honest, and I feel like if I don’t share a few photos and anecdotes right now, it may never happen.

Christmas 2010 was totally focused on our little boy, and that’s why it was so special. He was spoiled, without question, and was actually so overwhelmed by the gifts that it took us all day to open all of them. While he may still be a little too young at 16-months to fully grasp the concepts of Christmas, he has definitely been enjoying the new toys, and it’s sweet to see him so excited.

Christmas Tree Photo

It’s strange, in a way, to be on this side of life now. I can still remember vividly the thrill of believing in Santa myself, and the sleepless Christmas Eve nights I spent with my younger brother, just waiting for the right time to bound down the stairs to catch the first glimpse of the tree, with so many toys beneath. I now own the same home I grew up in, and to enjoy Christmas morning with my own little boy, in this house? Well, it is a surreal and emotional thing to say the least.

So, while the past few days have been exhausting for everyone, they have also been exciting and heartwarming. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family, and as always, I’m a little sad to see the season pass for another year. I do know, however that Evan’s excitement is only going to grow for the next few years, which gives me something to look very forward to.

Of course, there had to be some chaos in this story, right? Well, this morning at about 1:00 a.m., Evan started throwing up. I mean, violent, terrible, projectile throw-up. The poor guy struggled with this all night, and now Zach is sick. I am crossing my fingers that I have avoided it. Never fails!

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  1. Jessica — December 27, 2010 @ 2:10 pm (#)

    It’s totally going around this area. We are near Lancaster and holy moly…everyone I know has been sick with it, us included!


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

      Isn’t it crazy how it goes around so quickly? Ugh!

  2. Sam — December 27, 2010 @ 2:30 pm (#)

    Oh, you poor things! Having a puking kid stinks so bad. The last time B had a stomach bug, we layered big trash bags with all the crib sheets we had (plastic/sheet/plastic/sheet) so if she puked in the middle of the night we could just take off the top layer and go back to sleep.

    I swear, this stomach bug is spreading via twitter! :)


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

      I think the little one is coming through it now, thankfully!

  3. FireMom — December 27, 2010 @ 2:38 pm (#)

    Oh dear. Feel better soon!!


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

      Thanks, the boys are sleeping it off now.

  4. Ellen — December 27, 2010 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    Hoping you all get over that bug whatever it is.

    LOVE that second pic- his smile is precious!


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

      Thanks Ellen. :)

  5. Megan — December 27, 2010 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    I love the pictures! I hope everyone feels better soon :( XOXO


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

      Thanks Megan. :)

  6. AmyBlam — December 27, 2010 @ 2:59 pm (#)

    How awesome to live in the house you grew up in! I always feel like Christmas comes too quick and never lasts long enough. There’s always more I wish there was time for.


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

      I’m the same, Amy.

  7. Lindsay — December 27, 2010 @ 3:04 pm (#)

    What a cutie pie!! You have a beautiful family!


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

      Thank you!

  8. Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy — December 27, 2010 @ 3:09 pm (#)

    So sorry to hear the guys are sick. Hope everyone feels better soon.


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

      Thanks Crystal!

  9. Jack — December 27, 2010 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    Kids make the holidays fare more enjoyable.


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

      For sure :)

  10. Christy Newell — December 27, 2010 @ 5:39 pm (#)

    Tis the season for getting sick. Sorry to hear that your family is dealing with being sick. We are slowing getting over a nasty cold here…and Logan just finished with his first case of a major hives breakout (lasted all Christmas week…fun).


    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

      Christy, hope your fam feels better soon too!

      • Christy Newell — December 27th, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

        Thanks Crissy! I wish your family good health for 2011!

  11. Mimi — December 27, 2010 @ 6:16 pm (#)

    You OWN the house your grew up in? That is the coolest thing! I moved 3 times when I was in 8th grade. I can’t even imagine living in the same house all my life. I wasn’t even an Military brat. A brat, yes, but without a good reason. Hope your little guy & DH get better soon and that you’re able to avoid it!


    • Susan — December 27th, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

      Feel better soon. It’s either a stomach flu, cold, or flu these days. Somehow my hubby and I have escaped the ailments. What a beautiful family you have. I sure do enjoy your blog.

      • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

        Thank you so much Susan!

    • Crissy — December 27th, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

      Yes, I own the home that I grew up in, crazy huh?

  12. Jaclyn Rubly — December 27, 2010 @ 8:11 pm (#)

    Hope you had a great Christmas! Sorry about your baby boy :(


  13. Cat Davis — December 27, 2010 @ 9:43 pm (#)

    That’s one of my favorite parts of parenting … sharing in the excitement with our kids. You get a little piece of your childhood back through their eyes.


  14. izzy — December 28, 2010 @ 10:37 am (#)

    Oh dear. What happened? Is he allergic to any food? Or over-whelmed by the presents? (:


    • Kaley — March 22nd, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

      Thanks for tiakng the time to post. It’s lifted the level of debate

  15. Maybelline @ Naturalmente Mamá — December 28, 2010 @ 6:59 pm (#)

    Wow! love your tree!!


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