Woah this year has flown by!
I’ve wanted to write so many articles, share thoughts, silly stories – it is truly impossible to find time to do all of that and raise TWO boys, deal with work, enjoy my side gig, and also manage the basic duties of life like clean underwear and cooking soup.
That said, I wanted to quickly share the joy of Christmas with our new family.
First off, having kids in January is GREAT because it means by December they will be old enough to at least recognize something festive is happening AND see that their are treasures underneath that loose wrapping paper.
We were blessed with three different people sending us dual-baby ornaments, so we will always be able to commemorate the boys’ first Christmas with people that they love.
After years of teasing my wife for always wanting to open presents on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas (she’s an only), we ended up having two events to attend to on Christmas itself, so we dug in for presents early Sunday morning Christmas Eve.
In true Ivan-fashion, I started the camera on my cell phone rolling and after two presents checked back and the camera wasn’t rolling! I tried again, and found out that my phone memory had filled sometime in mid-December. That said, we did get one or two pictures all together.
Christmas Day itself we were invited in the morning to a friend’s house where the entire neighborhood came together for a feast of tamales, menudo, and Christmas cheer while smelling the salt air from the ocean.
Christmas night the boys’ Godmother invited us to a wonderful formal dinner that we will never forget.
We are hoping that these will become traditions as we strive to raise our kids with some sense of normalcy in the wild city of Angels.
What are your favorite Christmas traditions you’ve instilled since your kids’ first Christmas?