The Christmas season is such a fun time! This past Christmas was really special for me because I got to spend it with family. If you have been with me for a year, you know that last year was our first year away from family for Christmas and New Years. It was strange and quiet, but it gave Taylor and I the opportunity to establish our own family traditions and just to spend some time together. This year, however, we took a ten day trip to Seattle to be with family. It was long enough that we split our trip in two. The first half we stayed with Taylor’s side of the family and the second half we stayed with my side of the family.
Day one of our trip was a jam-packed day. Our flight wasn’t until mid-afternoon but we had so much stuff to do to prepare beforehand… it was non-stop! We dropped off our dog at a boarding place, and then I took my son to his two-year check-up (that’s always an adventure itself). The rest of the morning was spent packing and getting everything ready before heading off to the airport. Our son got his own seat this time and he loved sitting by the window. Takeoff was his favorite part because he got to see all the airport workers loading the plane and directing traffic on the runway. He did great during the flight! There was plenty to keep him entertained for an hour and a half flight to Seattle.
We landed late afternoon to a torrential downpour. Man, I thought, it’s only been a year since not living here and I forgot how rainy it is! Taylor had dinner plans in downtown Seattle, so he just took the light rail all the way to town while my parents picked up my son and I. Traffic was slow, but that allowed plenty of time to catch up with my mom, dad, and sister in the car. They generously fed us dinner before driving us to Taylor’s parents house. Let me tell you that a busy day of appointments, travel, and new environments makes a two year old exhausted! He surprisingly slept really well the first several nights!
While we stayed at Taylor’s parents’ house, we did some Christmas shopping at Redmond Town Center. They have a carousel and I took my toddler on it… I couldn’t quite tell if he enjoyed it or not. I made them dinner one night and that was really fun! It was a new dish that I was putting together consisting of wild rice, chicken, and peppers, carrots, and spinach in a cream sauce. We went to church, watched football, played games, drank wine, had great conversations, and all around enjoyed each other’s company. We all went to the movie theater and saw the latest Star Wars movie and went to dinner. Taylor’s family always celebrates on Christmas day, but my family celebrates on Christmas eve.
While staying with Taylor’s family is so much fun, there is always something to do. With lots of kiddos running about, that always means lots of movement and high energy. It was thrilling and invigorating being in that environment again. I love it! After our time was up with them, we said goodbye and traveled to my family’s house to finish our trip there. My family runs at a much slower pace, so it was nice to tone it down a few notches.
I was able to relax with my mom, dad, sister, and brother. Although my brother spent most of his time working. While at my parents house, we read books, watched tv, took a trip to the bookstore and thrift store, played games, and my mom, sister, and I went ice skating. I even made dinner for my family too! I made creamy Tuscan garlic shrimp pasta. It was so yummy! I really enjoyed cooking for family, it was my little way to show them that I love them and appreciate them. I even had a night to hang out with my best friend! I went to a concert with her a few months ago but it was still nice to catch up. We practically talked all night long! We ate pizza and bbq ribs and watched Friends on Netflix.
Ten days… ten days is such a long time to spend with family! Well, ten days had come and gone in a blink of an eye and before I knew it, I found myself at the airport with packed bags once again. Saying goodbye is always the hardest part. My heart was so full of love, appreciation, and quality time, I didn’t want to let that go and have to leave. This was such a special trip with so many special people and so many special memories I will hold on to and cherish for a long time. Even now writing about our trip and recalling the fun things we did brings a warm feeling to my heart. I truly loved every moment spent with everyone.