Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012… when i was a kid it was my parents & my grandma margie that always created that magical feeling for our family at christmas time. i remember the flocked christmas trees & getting our special ornaments every year from grandma. i remember christmas eve with grandma & grandpa gomez & all of my cousins & aunts & uncles, i always looked forward to that. us kids would go down to the basement & run around until our parents called us up for dinner & to open presents. ever since i have been a mom my christmas has become all about my kids, i get all of my “christmas joy” from watching my kids get that sparkle in their eye. christmas is different now, without grandma margie & now without tony, i have to focus more on my kids just to make it through, it is so hard to make it through a holiday that has always brought you closer to your family & now they are not there. so now i just want to make our kids smile & give them the christmas joy & traditions & memories that i have from my child-hood… sophia is 19 months & i know she didn’t actually grasp that it was christmas but she definately got the hang of, & enjoyed ripping open her gifts & seeing what was inside.  it is so great to watch her eyes if she is real excited about something, they get so big & she laughs & says “ooooooooohhhh”, so sweet.

our Christmas season always begins with decorating Fred. when jarred & mikayla were younger every year the 3 of us would bake & decorate our christmas sugar cookies. we would usually do it just a few days before christmas & we would spend all night decorating those cookies, i will always treasure those memories just like i pray they will. they are getting older so spending a whole night decorating sugar cookies with mom isn’t really their idea of a great time anymore so mom & i got all of the cousins together to do some christmas cookies together,  (i think that next year it will probobly just be mom, sophia & i). the older girls still seemed to enjoy it but the boys were pretty much over it before it even began, you know what though i don’t really care, they can humor us for a few hours!!

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it turned out that sophia really got into the cookie decorating… well, she really got into the frosting!! she loved it.

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when sophia started dipping the spoon into the frosting bowls & DRINKING the frosting we figured it was time to be done…

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