New Jersey Christmas Chaos 2014

Photography Newsletter

January 13, 2014

Let me start by saying, I love our families. Dearly. However, our Christmas was ….. well, let’s just say a bit chaotic. For some reason we thought it was a good idea to celebrate Christmas in Colorado with my mom on the 23rd and then fly 2000 miles with a toddler, to see 3 different families, in 3 different parts of the state of New Jersey, to celebrate 3 different Christmas’, over the course of … yep, you guessed it, 3 days! Ha, I laugh as I write this, thinking “yeah, of course that was stupid. What were you thinking?!” Poor Miles and Mark both had fevers the entire trip and we spent the final afternoon at the Princeton Urgent Care, as Miles came down with RSV.
The moral of this story is not that we hate traveling (quite the opposite … I just booked a trip to Mexico for all of us for March), or that we don’t want to spend time with our families, but that our doors will now be open during the holidays (or at least until Miles is 5 yrs old).

Highlights of the trip:

  • Watching Miles play “santa” and hand out the gifts under the tree.
  • Starting a new tradition with my sister and mom, cooking an Italian Seafood feast for the holidays.
  • Spending Christmas day with my nearly 90-year-old grandparents, watching the joy in their eyes as they got to see their great-grandson open gifts while surrounded by 12 family members, in the house I used to visit when my great-grandparents lived there.
  • Watching Miles play with his cousins that live in Switzerland. They even had a little jam sesh on the piano … at 8 am … on Christmas morning. The neighbors love us.
  • Spending time with my husband’s grandmother, who just turned 95 years old! Those of you that follow my Facebook page, have probably seen past photos with Grandma Ying … world’s cutest 95-year-old.
  • Seeing my sister modeling my grandmother’s full-length mink coat … don’t ask. She’s going to kill me when she sees this post.

We love our families and couldn’t imagine our son not spending time with them. Next year, you can all come to us 🙂 Happy New Year!

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