Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas, in pictures

Christmas has come and gone and I've neglected my poor little blog. So here's a glimpse of our pre-Christmas-Christmas day.

This year Kathryn's letter to Santa read: "Dear Santa, I've been a very good girl this year. Can I please ask you what I can have for Christmas? Could I please have a talking Elmo that says 'I love you', a toy store and more lots of toys. And that will be all it."
Decorating the house...wearing only our finest sweatshirts. It was a family affair.
The finished product
Our annual trip to visit Santa
A couple of weeks before Christmas, Amanda took me out for my Christmas gift. It was the ultimate girls night: pedicures, dinner, Starbucks and a movie. It was perfect!
Off to mail Christmas packages at the post office
Tracking Santa on Christmas Eve Day
We hosted Christmas Eve at our house again this year and it went really well! This year we went more with the traditional food theme. E. J. made the most wonderful turkey and stuffing, there was ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (if you need a recipe, the Williams Sonoma recipe is the best ever) and everything in between. I didn't remember to take any pictures, so this is all I have!
Showing off one of her handmade projects from school
Skyping with Nana and Pop Pop on Christmas Eve
Before heading to bed, opening up one gift - Christmas jammies
Prepping Santa's plate
The Night Before Christmas
In-progress of prepping the gifts under the tree
Kathryn saw a canopy in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog months ago and never stopped asking for a "princess tent". I found a canopy (for much less $$) and E. J. had the idea to install it while she was sleeping. With just a tad bit of prep work before the big night, he was able to just hook it on ever so gently without her noticing a thing. At 4:15 a.m. she came running into our room and told me "Mommy! You need to come into my room and see what Santa left me. It's so exciting!" I've never been so awake at 4:15 a.m. She was (and still is so happy) with it. And luckily she went back to sleep for four more hours.
Testing out one of the dress up outfits from Nana
Matching jammies with her baby
 New helmet
I'm so excited about my necklace from E. J. that has his, Kathryn's and my first initials on each disc as well as my birthstone, a pearl. It's something that I've been wanting for a long time and it didn't disappoint.
The best gifts come in small packages.
We were very lucky to have a such a nice Christmas and enjoy the rest of the week off together. Time off of work has really been speaking to us. The three of us slept until 9:45 yesterday morning and then we took a 3.5 hour nap today. I don't even know who we are anymore and I love it. I don't want this to end!

Merry Christmas!


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