My all time favorite family tradition is our family Christmas. Every year on my moms side we all get together (usually at my aunts house in South Dakota), have a cousin gift exchange and hang out. It is my favorite weekend of the entire year because everyone is together, and we always have tons of fun.
Now that Scarlett is a little bit older, I have been starting to think of traditions we want to start together as a family. We haven’t really done any yet. Scarlett was only 6 months last Christmas, and this year she is only a year and a half. I am going to start thinking about what tradition we want to start next year, especially since we will have 2 kids and Scarlett will be 2.5.
One topic that was a hard conversation with Travis and I was Santa. I don’t think that I grew up thinking Santa was real…I don’t remember getting presents from Santa, we didn’t go visit him. Maybe it is because I had 3 older brother and sisters that probably ruined it for me 😉
But either way, I have never wanted my kids to believe in “Santa”. The entire thing kind of weirds me out. A big man with a big beard is going to be watching you all year, and if you are naughty you won’t get any presents. We teach our kids to not talk to strangers, don’t let strangers into our home, etc. But Santa, a man we don’t know, is going to come into our house while we are sleeping, eat our food and drink our milk and leave presents? The entire thing kind of weirds me out. Travis and I decided that Santa wasn’t going to be apart of our “tradition”. We can still go take pics with Santa and everything, but we aren’t going to get Scarlett or Chirpie specific presents from Santa.
Another tradition I would love to start is cutting down our own tree! Since next year we will have a house, I would love to have that be a new tradition. I remember going to cut down a tree with my dad when we were younger, and I would love to continue that tradition.
Another tradition is Christmas presents. Every year we would all be crying because we didn’t get “what we wanted”. My poor mom. We acted like such brats when I think back on it. But presents always seem to be a let down. You don’t usually get what you want, it doesn’t live up to your expectations, etc. I really want Christmas to be more than just presents with our family. We don’t have a lot of money this year with Travis changing jobs and not getting a paycheck for almost a month, so we are doing little to none gifts this year. We got Scarlett a couple things that she needs, but not many big things. And that is okay! I hate being disappointed on Christmas, especially when we are celebrating the life of Jesus and spending it with family, not expecting to get gifts. I saw something super fun on Pinterest that we are going to start doing with at least our kids. For gifts you will get them something they need, something they want, something to read, something to wear. This way, there is no huge expectation for Christmas, they will always get some kind of new book, a new outfit, something they really want and something that they need, which will be different every year.
This year for Christmas I got Scarlett some super cute shirts and a dress that I found on clearance at Target for this summer. And we also got her a super cute little backpack that she is obsessed with! She really needs some more socks so I might get her some new socks for her something she needs. And for something she wants….I am thinking about getting her either some baby stuff or a play kitchen type thing. We went to my friends house yesterday and she had a little tea party set that Scarlett loved, so I might try and find something like that.
Since I am a stay at home mom, we are probably never going to have a ton and ton of money especially for Christmas. I think that this is a good compromise between getting presents that they will actually like and want, and having to go all out with Christmas and end up getting disappointed in the end.
Now for a pregnancy update!! I have a little bit of a prayer request for little Chirpie and I. I found out at my 20 week ultrasound that I am measuring a week ahead, which is super awesome. Chirpie weighs about one pound!! He/she is growing so well. We also found that Chirpies umbilical cord attached to the side/edge of the placenta rather than the middle. The problem with this is that Chirpie may not get as many or as much nutrients as he/she needs to grow. I am still able to go to the birth center, and it is really great that they found it now rather than after I deliver Chripie. One of the bigger concerns with this is when you deliver the placenta, they need to be very very gentle because the cord could come detached from the placenta, which would then become a emergency situation. Now that the midwives know, we can make a better plan for my delivery when the time comes. Sometimes babies that have this can have a lower birth weight, so I will get another ultrasound at 34 weeks to check on the growth and how Chirpie is doing. I am getting a little stressed out about it since we are supposed to be moving April 1st and I am due on the 17th, so it is cutting it a little close. But I know that we have a ton of family that will be able to help us, and we will just have to be extremely organized with our things and plan far ahead to make sure everything pans out nicely. I feel at peace and I trust my body to be able to provide enough nutrients to my baby and grow him/her big and strong. I trust all of my midwives and the OB at the birth center to take care of me and keep tabs on how Chirpie is growing. And I know that God will protect both of us. Whatever happens was meant to be and I know He has a plan for us, so I need to let it go to him.
I am busy doing a ton of laundry today and I am trying to get it done while Miss Scarlett sleeps. I absolutely CANNOT wait to have a house and have our own washer and dryer. I am so so so excited for that. And to have more room. We are growing out of our apartment very fast and Chirpie isn’t even here yet! All of our baby stuff is still packed away so I can only imagine how it would be if we had to stay here and not be able to move into a house.
I am back to laundry and watching keeping up with the Kardashians. I hope everyone is enjoying this snowy cold December day, I hope you can spend it with family and enjoy Christmas in the coming weeks!
Travis, Tori, Scarlett and Chripie