We celebrated Christmas early this year – yesterday! – because we aren’t going to be home on the actual holiday. Jon’s mom is having surgery a couple of days before (in the ATL area), so we’ll be in GA helping her.

We’ve all been pretty sad that we’re going to miss MC’s first Christmas – and had fun plans in place before we found out about the surgery – so we just did everything early.

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Jon found a Santa suit while we were out shopping a couple of months ago and decided to go for it. MC wasn’t even slightly upset – but maybe because Santa sounded like Poppy? (We’re going to try to find a better beard for next year.)

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We all woke up super early and did the whole Christmas morning thing – including Jon’s homemade cinnamon rolls, of course.

Celebrating the holiday a few days early!

Unfortunately, my work party happened the night before – AND we decided to participate in the after-party karaoke that spontaneously happened at a shitty bar a few blocks away, so we got home super late and Jon was super hungover and pretty miserable for most of the morning. Going to be a little more careful next year so Santa will be able to wear his suit without wailing about being hot and sweaty and wanting to puke. Fun night, though!

(Karaoke group. I was the total buzzkill who tried to talk everyone out of it because of concern about coats reeking of cigarette smoke for days. Next post I’ll talk about how OLD I feel lately and how I’m having some profound issues with turning THIRTY-FIVE in 2015.)

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Karaoke.  Really.

Anyway, we got up and opened presents first thing, as you’re supposed to do.

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(OH! I forgot about this stress: Jon lost his passport somewhere in Canada, discovered this as he was on his way to the airport at 4AM to come home and almost didn’t make it back to the US to go to the party or, much more importantly, to be Santa. 2 weeks away from home plus potentially missing all of our fun weekend plans had us both pretty stressed, but it worked out and he was able to come home without it – largely because I was able to email a scanned version (so glad he had the foresight to do that years ago!). Whirlwind day for him, though, with that stress plus the actual traveling home plus heading out immediately to go to my work party.)

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MC got a bunch of fun stuff, including a high chair that clips onto the table so he can sit directly with us now vs. hanging out in his car-seat thing.

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We also got him a walker, which I learned from amazon reviews is apparently akin to throwing him into a pit of snakes. I had no idea they’re so controversial. Or are they? I don’t know. I don’t read many mommyblogs anymore and am apparently out of the loop. Either way – he has one now! We’re excited about his increasing mobility.

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Jon took a nap after the present opening and cinnamon roll baking, so his child #3 and I tried to recreate some pics she found on pinterest.

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I really don’t know anything about photography and don’t have photoshop to enhance/improve anything – but we always have fun doing this stuff.

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And it’s free.

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Jon rallied, but he didn’t feel up to cooking the planned lunch (ham, etc.), so we ate lunch out on the way to Dollywood (Dolly Parton’s park in Pigeon Forge – Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival going on now = lights, shows, parade, etc.).

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Jon’s girls rode rides, so we hung out with MC (he’s in a harness thing).

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I got a selfie stick for Christmas, so I played around with that but never quite got the hang of it (but am excited to keep practicing!).

Somebody got a selfie stick for Christmas. 👍❤️🎄🎅

Fun day! Perfect Christmas.

Today, Jon’s doing the prep for tomorrow’s colonoscopy.

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I’ve been incredibly stressed about this for some reason and couldn’t figure out why my anxiety has been so high this time around until I remembered that he sees his oncologist every 6 months now vs. 3. It’s just been a while since there have been tests to concretely show us that cancer hasn’t returned. I guess I’m going to have to figure out what to do with this anxiety because he’ll eventually stop with the CEA testing altogether (in a couple of years) and his colonoscopies will be spread out more and I guess we JUST WON’T KNOW. How do you live with that?

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He keeps saying he’s thinking about giving up alcohol for 2015 (in an effort to lose weight and improve health), so we’ll see. I think that’s pretty drastic and crazy-making, but will also admit that I’m totally on board. I’ve thought about giving up sugar ONLY in the form of desserts like ice cream, cookies, etc. and may attempt some craziness like that in an effort to break my addiction. I’m not willing to police everything I ingest, but I need to think about the outright sugar stuff. It makes me feel so awful.

I’ve been doing my own thing since Halloween, like I previously mentioned, but Jon and I need to regroup together and come up with 2015 goals. We’re sort of existing in this stressful place of nearly constant travel and school and work and life BS. We need more fun and more commitment to taking better care of ourselves. Seems like a constant cyclical struggle, but I guess that’s just the way it’s going to be.

I’ll definitely never stop working at it.

I’m excited about a full-blown health kick! Love them. We need it.

(One more.)

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