This Christmas was a very merry one indeed. It was Adeline’s second Christmas, but it almost felt like her first. It was her first Christmas to really experience, and seeing the magic of Christmas come to life through her eyes, was something I’ll never forget. And though she’ll never remember it, I know we sure will! There’s not much sweeter than witnessing the pure joy of your child on Christmas morning. It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, and I know each year will only get better and better. Also, can Christmas jammies be a thing year ’round?! Ah, they just kill me. Too precious. I could just eat Adeline UP in her little fleece jam jams!!
We kept (or tried to at least) our own gifting pretty small this year. Adeline is only 14 months old, and although I wanted to gift her the world, this year’s Christmas was totally for us parents! She literally won’t remember this year’s holiday celebrations, and if we’re being honest, I think she had more fun playing with wrapping paper and boxes than all the actual toys she received. (And she did in fact, still receive all the toys it feels like, thanks to her doting grandparents whom we are oh so thankful for). There were so many fun things I wanted to get her though, but I restrained myself to wait until she’s a little bit bigger. Talk about difficult!! We pretty much stuck to puzzles, books, stuffed animals, and other little sensory toys she can hold and carry around herself. They seem to be her favorite right now, anyways. I’d say the biggest hits at Christmas with my parents were her Little People Princesses, Noah’s Ark, shape and key sorter, and Elmo stuffed animal.
To quickly recap the weekend…we did our own little Christmas just the three of us on Thursday night. Santa came a little early to our house, and dropped off Adeline’s “big” gift as well as her stocking gifts. Adam and I also exchanged gifts, which is always one of my favorite traditions before the real business of the holiday sets in. I didn’t take a single picture of us though, bad blogger! Adeline’s big gift from Santa, aka Mommy and Daddy, was a hippo ride on toy. You would not believe how much she loves it, and the second I (I mean Santa and his elves) saw it, I knew it would be perfect for her goofy self. We’ve already had many a daddy-push-Adeline-around-the-house-until-we’re-all-cry-laughing sessions.
Saturday, we got into town at my parent’s house round lunchtime, after a quick last minute decision to make the drive in the morning instead of Friday night. We helped bake, and do some last minute preparations, and were all in bed plenty early for Santa to come. Sunday morning, Adeline quickly peeked at what Santa dropped off, (because Santa always knows where you are!) and then we hurried off to church. As soon as we got home, it was full steam ahead. My brother and his family came over, as well as my grandmother, then we ate breakfast and hit the unwrapping! Santa’s gifts at my parents were just a few simple goodies – a new stuffed animal, a couple puzzles, and some abc blocks.
Adam and I each received way more than we needed, and are feeling extra blessed now that we’re home and have gone through everything! It was such a memorable weekend, and I’m itching to “play” with my new toys this week! Doesn’t everyone feel that way?? We’ve got one more Christmas to go, with Adam’s family this upcoming weekend, and I’m so excited to see Adeline’s sweet Christmas joy one more time!! What a magical week it is!
I didn’t take a SINGLE picture on my nice camera the entire weekend. Didn’t even open my camera bag. And you know what? It will just have to be ok! I had so much fun being in the moment all weekend, and not worrying about getting that perfect picture. Here are some quick snapshots off my phone from the past few days – sweet, sweet memories.
As we were packing up to leave my parent’s house, and Adam was taking things out to the car, we saw the SWEETEST moment ever. Like ever, in the history of sweet, precious, adorable moments. As Adam was walking out the door, hands full of bags, Adeline came around the corner carrying one of her toys (struggling, mind you, it was a heavy toy!) as if to say, “don’t forget to pack my toys, daddy!” It was the most heart melting thing ever, and I will never forget it! I love that sweet girl’s innocent heart so much!
I’ll be back soon to share the top posts of 2016, as well as the results of my EOY reader survey. If you haven’t taken it yet, there’s still time! I’m thinking this next week’s posting might be a little sporadic – we’ll get back on schedule after the new year.
How was your Christmas? Are you finished celebrating? What was your favorite gift you gifted someone?