i hope you guys enjoyed your christmas. i know we did! our house still looks like toys r us!
we did christmas a little differently this year. presley's dad & i have been separated for quite awhile now (probably nearing two years), but we have kind of an unusual relationship in that we are both still very close with each other's families & friends & whatnot & last year, we couldn't really figure out what to do about sharing presley on christmas, so at the last minute, we just decided to all go together to his family's christmas celebrations. this year, obviously, we're both in serious relationships & that wasn't really going to be appropriate to do again, so we had to make the (pretty tough) decision on what to do with our little love muffin this year. i didn't want to give her up, but i didn't want him to have to go without her either. (note to readers: an ended relationship involving a child provides some of the stickiest predicaments, particularly around the holidays, so just keep that in mind when planning out your life. just sayin.)
we ultimately decided that presley would be with us all day christmas eve & go with her daddy that evening. lucy had to be back at her mama's christmas eve night too, so we thought it would be best to have both of the girls the same day. so, anyway, we had a great day. opened tons of gifts at home. visited nathan's mama house. visited nathan's dad's house. collected more presents than any child really needs ever. and then we returned the kiddos to their other parents & came home.
now, as two "recently" separated parents of 5 year olds, who haven't really been away from their kiddos on holidays much at all, we were kinda at a loss for what to do christmas eve/christmas day. we briefly planned on visiting a bed & breakfast in the smokies for a couple of days, but my parents wanted to see us on christmas day AND it was snowing like crazy, so that didn't really work out....so, we did what anyone else would do and...we went to a bar. this turned out to be a poor judgement call. let's just say if you were already feeling down about the holidays, a bar, surrounded by a bunch of other people feeling down about the holidays, isn't going to be your best choice for entertainment. we had a few beers & went home.
at home, we decided to get creative. since we had planned on a little trip & it didn't pan out, we decided to have a little "vacation" at home. we pulled out our inflatable camping air mattress & set up a makeshift bed in the living room with lots of pillows & blankets. we rented movies, made a fire, & shared nice bottle of wine. it was quite lovely. so lovely in fact, that me, the boy, & the dog that wears tiny sweaters slept on the air mattress in the floor all night long, woke up & picked up the movie marathon right where we left off, until it was time to go visit my parents that evening. all in all, i'd say everything turned out just fine. we enjoyed ourselves and most importantly, the kids had a great time. presley came home yesterday, and we played like crazy! now, we've got to spend tonight making our house look more like a home & less like a toy tornado blew through...
enjoy the photos! the last one is my gift from the boy. a custom made EBV logo iphone case. i love it! the pic before that came from presley's dad on christmas day. look at all that snow! (that's exciting for us in the south.) also, lucy didn't get a kiss book for christmas. we all just laughed at the fact that she had 500 christmas gifts & chooses to pick that up off the bookshelf at her papa's house & read it, ignoring everything else.