i'm sitting her listening to burl ives sing on about dreaming of a white christmas...alone, no lights except for those on our beautifully trimmed and illuminated tree. two babies dreaming of santa, a tired mama and daddy, and umo joe joe, and auntie heather all snug in their beds too!
it's quiet and santa has just left his goodies under the tree and it looks beautiful and i can't help but with that every baby and child and have a sweet, innocent, happy, warm christmas.
tonight, we had our family here. we had friends here too. it was a magical night. it was loud, chaotic, and perfect. we were all cooking, making, baking something. sito was begging for tomato paste, heather was making minature fig crostini masterpieces, and jeff was at the grill! it was wonderful. it really was. i stopped at least three times and felt truly grateful for what i had in my home tonight.
excitement was the underlying vibe of tonight. that and lots of laughs and lots and lots of love.
having gramps here is always a treat and having the rest of jeff's family here has made this first christmas we have spent home...memorable and very special.
i miss my family so much this time time of year, but having family here helps so much!
jeff's mom, my mother-in-law made a traditional middle eastern feast and it was sooooooooooooo good!!!!! she is such a great cook and she foes with it ease. we love you linnie!!!
brett read our kids the night before christmas as is tradition in the darwish home as is in many other homes all around us. we checked the radar for the 50th time to track down santa's sleigh and last we checked it was in bangdaleshm, so dressed in our new christmas jammies tucked our babies in for a long winter's nap... bc everyone knows that santa gets here faster when we sleep.
for now...i want to wish everyone a merry christmas. this was a great year with so many wonderful memories and experiences and much of it comes from this blog and the friends i have made from it.
peyton finally put the star on top of the tree...
umo joe joe thought santa would like brown sugar pop tarts this year!!!
happiest she's looked in a long time going to bed...:)
enjoy your family today. we'll be living the magic through our children.
with lots of love and merry christmas,