I spent the week leading up to Christmas back home in Portland to celebrate the holiday with my family. 5 weeks is a weird amount of time to be gone -- long enough to break out of your routine, but not long enough to forget the familiar feeling of driving on the roads you used to commute to work on or having the sense that you're going home when driving by your old apartment. It was so nice catching up with friends over coffee dates and wine time, and I got to go to my favorite teachers' yoga and Pilates classes.
My oldest friend, Aulbrey, her husband, our moms and I bundled up to walk down Peacock Lane and look at the Christmas lights together. We're really proud of the fact that we've stayed close friends since meeting in preschool at age 3, through girl scouts, club swimming, camping trips, high school, etc. I used to refer to her mom, Sabreena, as my other mother when I was growing up, and now that we're adults, she's become a close friend as well. There's nothing quite like the people who've seen you through your awkward years.
I was feeling crafty this year so I made gifts out of fabric from the Pendleton Woolen Mill store. I'm a big fan of the Pendleton brand and I was inspired to make skinny ties after shopping with a friend for a Christmas party. I also made makeup bags for my sister and sister-in-law, which I found to be way easier to make than I expected. I love how they turned out.
Myers family traditions include waiting until Christmas Eve to decorate the tree, Skyping in my little brother from where he and his fiancé live in Maui to the dinner table, humiliating our dogs by dressing them up in Christmas costumes, and competing with my brother's boyfriend over who gets to make Christmas dinner, since we both love to cook but neither is very good at sharing the kitchen. Every now and then, someone will tell me that my family needs a reality show since there are so many characters. My family is crazy and I love them.
I'm back in California now, house sitting for the family I nannied for in college, and then I'll finally move on to a new state after New Year's. I hope everyone had a healthy and happy holiday!