We were visited by Santa Claus. :)
Our boys were extremely good this year, or so their Elf on the Shelf "Jingle Bells" told Santa. They awoke Christmas morning to find many gifts under the tree with their names on them. Their favorites include a train table, tricycle and shopping cart. Mommy was also good this year and received some awesome gifts from "Daddy Claus", including a brand new laptop! :)
We decided to foster a dog for the holidays. A local rescue that we work with offers this program to free up kennel space at the facilities they use to board dogs who haven't been placed in a foster home yet. We were matched up with a beautiful, fawn boxer girl named Aurora. She gets along well with our dog AND cat, and our little men love her.
Unfortunately, we had an "incident" occur on Christmas day (Without getting into graphic detail, it involved Aurora ripping open her spay site and us finding her bleeding profusely in our backyard with her insides hanging out of her belly. It was one of the most terrifying moments of my life.) and we spent about three hours of it at the Emergency Vet with her. Our neighbors came over to watch the boys while Jason and I rushed her to the closest available doctor. She went in for emergency surgery and is doing much better now. Thank God. It was frightening and we were lucky that we found her immediately and were able to get her fast medical attention.
Our evening was spent eating a delicious dinner with close friends at their home. Once the kids were in bed, us ladies went out and saw Les Miserables. It. Was. Amazing. Seriously. I want to see it again on the big screen in all its glory. If you haven't seen it, you must!
On Friday, we met friends of ours at Sea World in San Antonio. Growing up in northeast Ohio, Jason and I were both spoiled with having one in a nearby suburb. (In fact, Jason's first job was working in the pinniped igloo at Sea World!) Sadly it closed in 2001 and we haven't been since. All of the kids had such a wonderful time! The crowds were a bit dense at times, but it thinned out as the day wore on. The highlight of the day, of course, was seeing Shamu! I'm not gonna lie, I teared up a bit as the 4 whales "took the stage". I'm a sucker for childhood nostalgia.
We stayed the weekend with our friends at their house in Hill Country. And it was COLD! Like 20 degrees cold. I realize that all of our friends and family in Ohio were dealing with 2 feet of snow. But 20 degrees in Texas is just crazy, people! We stayed inside for the most part, aside from two hiking adventures that the Daddies took with the big boys. It was nice to cozy up by the fire, play cards and just be with some of our favorite people. Oh, and we may or may not have ventured out for some Thai food and outlet shopping one evening. (Mamas need their alone time!)
I hope that your holidays have been as wonderful as ours. I'm so glad that we were able to stay home and spend time together. :) Tonight we'll be ringing in the New Year (and my BIRTHDAY!) with a nice meal and wine at home, while the boys are snuggled up, asleep in their beds.
It's hard to believe that another year has come to an end and a new one is on the horizon.