The husband is in the middle of his biggest home improvement project ever- he is completely renovating the kitchen. He took last week off work and gutted the entire room. Essentially, we're combining the dining room and kitchen for a more open floor plan- no small feat considering we live in a 900 square foot bungalow.
Since the kitchen is officially closed until further notice, I wanted to take a few posts to catch up on the last few months.
First up- Christmas!
We considered not putting up decorations this year because of the construction, but I caved! I needed some holly jolly.
We finally found a Gilligan ornament at the Fryeburg Fair in Maine- check out the resemblance! Labradoodle paraphernalia is tough to come by so we were extra excited when we stumbled upon this gem!
Christmas eve was hosted per usual by Nick's Aunt ReRe. Looking a little mischievous, I'd say.
Nick's dad, Jack, bought a totally awesome hat- it sings and dances. A very silly photo shoot ensued.
My lovely husband.
We ended the evening with a sing-a-long and dessert.
Next, we went to Nick's Aunt Nancy's house for more merriment. There aren't any pictures of this gathering because I was too busy making googly eyes at an 11 day old baby- so sweet- and playing with a totally awesome 18 month old. Christmas is so much more fun with kiddos!!
Midnight mass was lovely- and I especially appreciate that it starts at 10:30 pm instead of 12 am.
Christmas morning always starts with a celebration just the two of us. We wake up early and exchange our presents and then eat breakfast.
Santa brought Nick a nerd starter kit- included was a Star Wars t-shirt for the wee one, Star Wars Legos (for Nick), and a Star Wars DVD. If we want our little boy to love all things nerdy, we gotta start him young.
Santa brought me a Giada cookbook and a griddle. Cannot wait to make millions of pancakes! My mom also got me a cowboy boots charm for my bracelet- can't wait to meet my very own cowboy in May!
Our little family.
After our small celebration, we head over to Nick's parents house for the rest of the day. We were thoroughly spoiled by them- I think my mother in law bought every maternity shirt that Old Navy sells! Nick got an awesome winter parka that I have stolen on several occasions- so warm.
The cousins showed up with their Bruins pride.
Nick's childhood bear Ben obliged for a photo op with his newest friend.
And my father in law kept our teapot obsession alive with these adorable teapot ornaments. We've been teasing each about teapots for years- it all started when Nick stole Aunt ReRe's Irish cottage teapot Christmas Eve 4 years ago. It has since been returned, but teapots have a funny way of showing up at all family functions now.
It was a lovely, low-key Christmas- cannot wait for the fun and excitement our little Nugget will bring to the celebration next year.