It’s hard to believe another Christmas has come and gone. We had a lovely Christmas at home, and it was wonderful. We all felt so blessed to be able to spend it together, unlike last year, where my husband had to FaceTime with us since he was stationed overseas. We’ve been such homebodies this entire Christmas break. My mom even came up from Florida with her two poodles and we barely left our house. It’s been great!
We went to Mass on Christmas Eve and then came home and had a great dinner, my husband cooked the entire thing! He is awesome!
Then we hung out by the Christmas tree and called his parents in the Dominican Republic. I miss them so much and I wish I could snap my fingers and have them here with us. I’m sure they miss us even more. They’ve not seen my husband in over five years since when they visited last summer he was on tour. Hopefully, in the new year, we’ll all manage a way to spend some time together God willing. It’s always fun hearing our kids who don’t speak Spanish (shame on us) try to communicate with their grandparents who speak very little English.
Michael is especially hilarious. I snapped this photo while he was trying to say “Feliz Navidad” and just couldn’t get the pronunciation right. His facial expressions are so funny, I wish I’d had it in my mind to try to get it on camera.
He has grown to be such an amazing kid. He’s so patient with his little sister and he loves her and his little brother (though he doesn’t show it quite as much).
Sharing Christmas with Ellena this year has been such a blessing. I’ve so enjoyed watching her learn and LOVE all things Christmas… except for maybe, Santa. We’ll give him another try next year.
His face. I just love him so much.
All in all, we had a wonderful, quiet, uneventful Christmas. You really can’t ask for much more. Finally here are my mother’s beautiful Standard Poodles. Mother and Daughter, Chole and Lilly. They are so sweet and smart.
Nicole Olea’s love language is communication. She does this best using her keyboard as a freelance copywriter and editor. Creative and resilient with high-level experience in social media management, content creation, and eCommerce marketing, Nicole Olea was a professional volunteer, sharing her skills with various non-profit organizations who paid her in hugs. For the last 20 years, she’s lived a quasi-nomadic life, moving across the country and the Atlantic with her active-duty husband and their three kids. She’s awkwardly stumbling toward her goal of becoming a saint. She’s got God-sized dreams and wants you to have them too!