Miss K and I met Brian at the mall today to get some of our Christmas shopping done. We just have a few people left to buy for...the people that are the hardest to buy for. We still didn't get all of them done. Miss K and I will take care of those tomorrow. This is also the first year that Brian and I will not be with any family for Christmas. We made the decision before Miss K was born that she would always wake up in her own bed on Christmas morning. Brian and I are both children of divorced parents and every Christmas we were somewhere different. It was very hard on both of us. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day being shuttled around to every relative's house in town. I told Brian that it was confusing for me as a child. He agreed and said that he felt the same way. Even though Miss K will only be 5 months old on Christmas Day, we are starting our own Christmas Traditions with her and that all begins with her waking up in her very own bed, in her very own home in Tennessee. Am I sad that I won't see my parents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? You bet, but I want Miss K to have some stability in her life and I want it to start from the beginning. Besides, it will be fun to have pictures taken in our Christmas PJs in front of our tree opening our presents.
Here is a photo of Miss K and Brian watching Katherine and August opening their presents at our Progressive Dinner on Sunday night. She thought they were funny running around with all the paper from the gifts. We had a great time. Miss K got some great stuff. She got some MUCH needed footed sleepers from our wonderful friends Josh, Amanda and August. She got some bath goodies and a wonderful book called The Giving Tree from our awesome friends Rob, Jennifer and Katherine. We are so blessed to have such wonderful friends like these two families and the fact that we all live in the same little neighborhood is just icing on the cake. I always know that if I need something, I can just call on them to help me out. I know that when the time comes and Brian gets transferred for work again, I will be very sad to leave Tennessee.