Happy holidays with love from Boca.

We Hunt-Homans had a simple and low-fuss Christmas celebration this year–no-fuss for us, at least. My parents and grandparents on the other hand went above and beyond during our three-day drive from Omaha to Boca where we’re staying in my grandparent’s house. The guest bed is from the hotel they used to own, and they have the hospitality to match. I came here often as a child growing up and I never dreamed when I was sleeping here in a fold-out couch at age 8 that I’d be doing the same thing someday with my daughter and husband. Being able to bring them here and create this new memory together is the best gift I got this year.

Alice’s big gifts from us were a Lego Duplo zoo and a magnifying glass. We also got her some books and filled up her stocking with treats like Hello Kitty lip balm (we’re very into lipstick), stampers, and a flashlight. My parents gave her a wooden kitchen set and a cardboard fort-making kit from a San Francisco-based company called Bildopolis, and they left it with us on Christmas Eve to set up for Alice’s Christmas morning. At first when she woke up to a living room with a kitchen, fort, and toys set up, she was a little overwhelmed and anxious and went back into her room. After a while she warmed up to the new toys and was soon cooking eggs and cake for all of us in her new kitchen. It’ll be awesome to set it all up at our house when we get back next week.

Dave setting up the fort, which has since become much, much larger and more complex….

Alice playing with some big blocks from her grandparents. We had donut holes for breakfast. There was much more excitement than pictured here, but I tend to end up with a lot of serious pictures of Alice because she is a very serious person. Once I upload the photos from my camera I will share some more.

I love this kitchen–all the little details are perfect. Look at those wooden mushrooms! The salt and pepper shakers make a shaking sound, and the little knobs on the stovetop turn. It’s a really pretty kitchen that I’m sure we’ll use for a long time. I look forward to many carrot cakes and scrambled eggs.

xx

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Awful things
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