That Was Christmas

  1. Kim Prince says:

    Aw, that was super cute and did not read at all like the laborious recap that I am avoiding writing.  I kind of wish I was one of your kids this Christmas!

  2. Knewman4 says:

    Your Bruiser/photo album story is very sweet! I love that kid. At Christmas time I veer back and forth between bursting with pride at all that I accomplish and exploding into hateful rages during which I mutter to myself and swear that next year everyone is getting a dust mop ONLY for Christmas so they can help me clean. Here’s a movie about moms who decide to go on strike at Christmas that I taped on my DVR. I’ll probably watch it….on January 7th!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       Oh I have been there with the rage. The first few years I was married, I couldn’t BELIEVE all the work involved in making Christmas magical for my stepdaughters and I definitely mourned the loss of my favorite holiday as I knew it. Now, I’ve done it enough years that I just go into it with the knowledge that it’s going to be a LOT of work, but the more I plan ahead of time, the more smoothly things will go.

  3. Dana Davis says:

    How sweet!  Seriously brought tears to my eyes.  Thanks for sharing!

  4. Rae Ann says:

    Bruiser is so dang precious!!  I could gobble him up!

    Honey’s Jewish + 90% Christian peeps away this year = sleeping in, late lunching with his family, movies and eggrolls.  Deliciously laid-back. 

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       Nice! I’ll miss Santa when the kids are older, but I do look forward to more laidback Christmases to come. Between my stepdaughters and my little ones, we’ve had smallish-child Christmases for 12 years now!

  5. Cooperone says:

    Great post.  My favorite line:  “My coffee *still* tastes weird.”

  6. AmysAdventures says:

    You are doing such a good job with your kids, Lindsey. I love how much Bruiser appreciated his photo album. Have a wonderful New Year!

  7. Miss B says:

    I love how much he loves that album!

  8. Kmomsnow says:

    I am so impressed with how, at his young age, he requested his own photo album. He is pretty special I say! Good work!
    I’ve been making albums for my sons, ages 11 and 13 (on album #4 for my eldest), since their births. It’s no big deal to them because they have always known about it. But I know someday when they are older they will love having them.

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       That’s awesome. I think of this blog as one big album for both my kids. Often, I write posts not because I feel like blogging but because I know my kids will want to read the story some day and I know I’ll forget it if I don’t write it down.

      I would like to make a photo book for each child at some point with photos and corresponding blog posts about them. I feel like they need something they can hold in their hands. 🙂

  9. […] muddled our way through it, along with the rest of the nation, and probably treasured our Christmas together more than we ever have […]

  10. Melissa says:

    Bruiser just melted my heart. 

    Our Christmas was pretty good. A giant black cloud of creeping crud rolled through our city that weekend so a lot of people were sick, including me and our 3 year old. But we made the best of it and just took it easy. I have to admit I didn’t mind having an excuse to just lay around! I DID mind, however, when my husband developed a mild form of pneumonia the day after Christmas and was flat on his back for two days. 🙁 He’s on the mend now though and doing much better. 

    And he got me the most precious Christmas gift – he got me a clarinet! I’ve been missing my old one from high school so bad!

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