And below is what I shared on social media about this time—
I don't know if I was ever adequately prepared for how fun it was to be a boy mom, but I know I always wanted a house full of them since I was a young girl. This picture makes me laugh, because we had taken them to see Santa and these were the days when they were fascinated by things like penguins and escalators, which is random, I know. We loved all of our traditions: a visit with Santa, Christmas movies, the town tree lighting, Zoo lights, the town parade, making all of our favorite goodies together, driving around to look at lights in our pajamas with the dogs and stopping for Starbucks Christmas drinks...we did it all and loved every second. Some of these things we haven't done in years, but it would be fun to revisit a tradition or two this year.
I suppose my point is that it's good to slow down, it's good to remember. I wonder if someone had told me these were the golden years, would I have enjoyed them even more? (And I made the most out of these days, trust me!) I try not to long too much for what was, because I also love this present time and the ages they all are now...but it sure is fun to remember days gone by. Their favorite movie was Elf...about three or four years ago, Drew reenacted the scene where Buddy didn't know how to ride an escalator at a Christmas concert we were at and split his pants wide open. One thing for sure, life with these guys has never been boring! To this day, they make me laugh harder than anyone else.
Those are the other fun things we did every year. We always kicked off the season by going to our local zoo, for Zoo Lights. We did this with my dad and stepmom every single year— my favorite year that we did this, we ended the night by leading a tram full of people in Christmas carols. We sang loud and proud and to this day, my dad still talks about that night. We tried to do that again in years since then, but it never worked out like it did that one time. In my family, we all love to sing.
Here are the boys at Zoo Lights...they'd probably been running around the exhibit and we stopped for hot chocolate.
(This picture above is the year we had pictures made for Christmas.)
Graham and Drew were messing around and I love their smiles in this photo that my friend Christa took. (You can tell we never do this by the fact that we were not coordinated in our clothing. I am rolling my eyes at myself.)
We always went to our town Christmas tree lighting together on the Tuesday night after Thanksgiving, and Drew has sang in it before, the year he was in third grade choir. Our little town really knows how to do this up, and it is better than the Rockefellar center tree lighting, in my humble opinion. In that same week, the town parade is always that Friday night. We used to sit on a sidewalk on the road the floats ran down, but when we started attending our church, we started sitting there on the church property. Every year, at least one time, we would load up in my Suburban, even the dogs, and we would drive around in our pajamas looking at Christmas lights. We always stopped at Starbucks for Christmasy drinks to take on the ride. We would end this after about two hours—there is only so much of this togetherness we could handle, and the dogs always got too rowdy and I ended up yelling. (I'm smiling as I relive all these memories.)
This picture above is one night we were at the town tree lighting. Left to right are Graham, Noah in the back, Jonah in the red, Drew and Alex our bonus son...I don't know what my husband did to make Alex smile like that, but I love his sweet expression.
Church has always been a huge part of our Christmas season, because the kids and I have always been in our Christmas programs or concerts. I miss that this year! We aren't having one, thanks to Covid. My favorite thing to see is when the church is all decked out for Christmas. I also love our Christmas eve candlelight service.
(This picture above is Dad and me from last year, the night we had our Christmas night of worship. I love that no matter how old I am, my parents support me in my music.)
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