After a day of rest following our vacation (post about which is forthcoming), we drove to my sister's place to have Christmas with my mom on Friday. We bought my 2-year-old niece some of those giant cardboard blocks which was pretty awesome sauce to watch. My mother bought me a neat piece of photographic art that spells out our last name with beautiful architectural and natural photographs. Rob and I are always looking for new art pieces to put on our wall and I'm sure it'll look fabulous in our new place.
After Christmas #2, we drove to Rob's parents' house. Rob got really sick due to a gross buffalo chicken wrap he had eaten earlier in the day, so suffice it to say he has somewhat of an idea what it's like to be Caitlin eating gluten. My mother-in-law kept feeding Cypress huge bits of ham and then was wondering why she was being followed around all day:
On Christmas Eve I attended mass with Rob's parents and sister, which was a first for me but I enjoyed it regardless. I'm not religious, nor do I believe in God, but it's interesting to me to watch and listen. Afterward we watched "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation," which is Rob's family's Christmas tradition. The temperature dropped insanely low, which on a normal day would piss me off. But Christmas Eve is best suited for winter, am I right?
Christmas morning came and yes, I was the second or third person awake at around 7:30. I love Christmas morning. We opened our gifts, which included an awesome camcorder for Robbie and I and some new MST3K episodes. The harbor was stunning and I'm amazed at how well my iPhone 4S captured it. Also, Cypress is adorable.
After a very successful Christmas morning #3, we drove to my dad's house. It was great seeing my sisters and dad again, especially since this is one of the last times I'll see them for awhile once we move (sad face). I got the keyboard for my iPad that I wanted, a new knife set from my younger sister, and an awesome handmade iPhone doc from an amazing book of Russian prison tattoos from my older sister:
How cool is that? I told her she should sell them. Because she knew we'd love the book as well as the dock, she bought us a pristine version too! Extra win.
Today was Christmas hangover day, one of the roughest days of the year in my humble opinion. We made the long drive home, and once we got home I opened Robbie's gift to me: a really nice hiking rucksack specifically made with a spot for my camera once I get it fixed. He's magical.
I also let him open his gift for our anniversary on Wednesday, the perfect shave kit! Yes, we are old.
Anyway reality begins once again tomorrow, as does all the stress of our upcoming move. I told Rob to expect at least one all-out crying fit but hey, I guess we'll see.
Was Santa good to you this year?