It's been awhile, so I'll go over it all briefly.
We flew home to Washington to celebrate the holidays. Our tickets were purchased in August but when December came around and the completion of Ryan's thesis was on the line we had to make a decision: all of us stay in Ohio? Ryan fly with us? Ryan fly and stay only a couple days? Ryan stay home?
In the end the best solution (but no ideal) was made and I flew to Seattle with the kids by myself, leaving Ryan to focus on school without us.
|hanging around to see us off at the gate|
|iPads... great for traveling with little ones|
One outing was with Nana to the Zoolights at Point Defiance Zoo.
It was a perfect night to go... not too cold, not raining, and we were leaving right at the big crowds started coming in. Unfortunately, as we were nearing the end of our wanderings Lana went into melt down mode so that kind of put a damper on the fun.
|this is as close as she got to the ice|
|Aunt Lissa hanging with Will|
Disney on Ice show she had been wanting to try ice skating... and she learned how difficult it was. I think she was disappointed she couldn't do leaps and spins like the professionals.
On Christmas Eve morning we celebrated Christmas with my mother-in-law and step-father-in-law. We were able to Skype with Ryan and opened our presents together.
grandfather's death in November. From now on the individual families will celebrate on their own and those in the area will still gather for Christmas dinner in the evening.
Christmas morning was fun. Lots of people, like always. It was comforting to be with everyone again. Lana couldn't wrap her head around the fact that all these people were her cousins (though she kept calling them all her husbands). We had our family dinner together. After the kids were in bed my cousin came over to be at the house while my sister and I met up with our brother to see "Walter Mitty" at the theater. This has become tradition: go to the movies after Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas dinner.
|he didn't want cake, he wanted a cherry pie|
We rested on New Year's Eve and then on the first on January the 4 of us had our own little Christmas where Ryan was able to open all the gifts from everyone else and our gifts were exchanged with one another. It was a sweet and fun time. Will and Lana love to give gifts and they are at that magical age where Christmas is so real!