This has to go down as one of the most fun Christmases in the books – both Annabelle and Clementine are fully bought into the magic of Santa, and were beside themselves with excitement for the big day, which we led up to with countless holiday activities (this week’s additions – The Nutcracker and a traditional Noche Buena Cuban pig roast!). But the BEST part of this Christmas was when these guys showed up on Christmas Eve:
It was SO much fun to share Christmas with the York Arbittiers. Our girls were absolutely in heaven, and I think their cousins must have been pretty happy too, as I heard them pressure their parents to “just move to Austin” a few times 🙂 We tried to prepare them, supplying them each with a sheriff badge and tiny cowboy hat on Christmas morning:
Of course, Santa left much more than that, setting the mood with this Christmas train full of chocolate for Clementine, whose only requests were a stuffed platypus and chocolate:
Aside from a wonderful Christmas day full of present opening, eating, long walks through the neighborhood and, well, more present opening:
We passed our time shopping and eating on South Congress, playing kickball, going on some bike rides along Ladybird Lake with the nieces and runs with nephews, shopping some more (at antique shops and stained glass boutiques to appease the older generation, too), checking out the flagship Whole Foods, watching holiday movies (Elf and Dumb and Dumber, of course), spending Santa’s Target cash, and eating some more (especially cookies. Oh the cookies):
As suspected, the girls had absolutely none of the “post Christmas letdown” that happens so often with kids. But when Aunt Liz, Uncle Doug and the cousins were gone this morning… talk about a meltdown. From Annabelle we got a sniffly “It’s no fair that all the rest of the cousins live near each other and we don’t live near any of them” while Clementine gave the pitiful, “but I thought they said they’d come to my birthday?” It’s always hard saying goodbye, but we know we won’t wait nearly as long as we did to get back to York or to have these guys back in Austin. There’s absolutely nothing like family, and it was pure bliss having this much of us with us the past several days.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!