^^Santa is always watching!
Merrrrrrry Christmas Eve! We just spent the weekend in Hillsborough visiting my parents, sister and family. My parents are s l o w l y moving from the house I grew up in to a new house in their same neighborhood. They now have beds and mattresses at the new house, so we were able to stay there for the first time! It was SO NICE to have plentiful bathrooms (growing up we just had one for the whole family upstairs) and modern touches like their gas fireplace.
Now that Emerson can walk, Mazen had fun chasing her around and making her laugh.
Where’s your cousin?!
Check out the open floor plan! (Rugs, kitchen tables, etc. all still in progress.)
I brought some Virginia wine to share, and we snacked on cheese, crackers, guacamole and chips before dinner.
My parents made chili in the slow cooker, with cornbread and salad for dinner.
After dinner we opened gifts! We always do a Secret Santa exchange, which I love because you put a lot of thought into one solid gift. My Santa was too generous with gift cards to Athleta and LOFT and some soaps and bubble bath from my favorite Deep Steep line. (Thanks MOM!)
Mazen got a new tiger and a sleeping bag (this one)! Thomas wants to take him camping (I would be happy to stay home, but I think I’m going to have to go too!)
My mom also bought him this star night light constellation projector that turns your room into a planetarium-like scene with stars. It rotates the stars around and changes colors – it’s so cool!
Nigh-night!! I hope Santa comes to your house tonight!
I’ll be sharing part II of our visit soon! : )