Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Recap

It's hard to believe that the whirlwind that is December is almost over! In a month's time we have 3 birthdays, Christmas and our anniversary. It's always crazy, but we love it and have enjoyed every minute of it! We had a wonderful Christmas here in Indy and for the first time in a long time, it was just the four of us. Since Christmas Eve and Christmas fell on the weekend I had both days off-WOO HOO! I spent Christmas Eve morning cooking and then we took the girls to see Chipwrecked. We finished the evening with our traditional Italian dinner and the girls opened their Christmas Eve jammies. Then the reindeer food was sprinkled on the lawn, treats put out for Santa, the reindeer, Santa Mouse and good-bye treats for our scout elf Elfie. Everyone "slept in" until 7:34 and we spent the morning opening gifts, eating yummy breakfast treats and watching movies. The hubby and I were even blessed with great weather and went for a run.

Without a doubt the BEST DAY EVER!

Santa is always so thoughtful and always leaves his gifts unwrapped and out of their packages, ready to play. Both girls were very excited to see the toys from their lists. Logan was EXTREMELY surprised to see the girl nutcracker she desperately wanted, but never told Santa about. We decided that Elfie must have told Santa she was extra good and really, REALLY wanted it.

Santa was pretty lucky this year. Each girl had a small and reasonable list.

NoJo: Lalaloopsy Doll, pink stroller for her baby and a snow globe
Lo: Zhu Zhu Pet bunny and a Lalaloopsy Doll
...and then the opening began...

Lo had been eyeing this huge present all month!
She was beyond excited to find an "American Girl Doll" and horse set from Nana and Poppa!
She quickly gave it to Daddy and requested he open it for her! It didn't take long for Lily Anna to be set free!
This was the gift Noa couldn't wait to open. She kept moving it around the Christmas tree all week and kept confirming that the big red present with the "H" and "O" on it was really for her!
I wish we had taken video of her opening her gift because it was hilarious! She was so genuinely surprised and excited. She LOVED her new car seat for her baby Caroline from Grandma!
...and Daddy is still trying to open the rest of Lo's first gift...
Another HUGE hit?....The Wuggle Pets from Nana and Poppa. Logan kept saying over and over (and over and over and over), "I asked Santa for them and he didn't bring them but that's okay because Nana and Poppa got them for us!!!!" (It's important that you read that sentence really, really fast and in an high pitched squeal.) I think the look on Noa's face says it all!
...and Daddy is still going...
Something that was really special this year were the handmade gifts Lo made for the family. She did this all completely on her own and wrapped each one. She was so proud to hand them out.

...and how's Daddy doing? FINALLY she is free!!! Now if you can just get the accessories out too...
Since Daddy literally spent most of Christmas morning "freeing" toys from their plastic packaging we decided to let him open a gift.

It's true what they say about kids and their gifts...they like playing with the packaging more than the gift itself!
He was beyond excited for not one, but TWO bottles of his favorite hot sauce Cholua.
Two bottles of Chulula...that should last him about a month...

It was a wonderful morning! The girls spent the rest of the day playing with their new things and doing lots and lots of art projects! 

We forgot to take a family picture this year, but this one of the girls is my favorite from the day! Everyone is happy and actually looking at the camera at the same time!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with your family and that many memories were created and shared! 

Thanks for checking in,

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