12.25.15 – Merry Christmas!

25 Dec

Merry Christmas! As I was flipping through old photos, I realized this is our tenth Christmas together (time sure does fly!). And I have to say it may have been our most fun Christmas yet!

We spent a quiet Christmas Eve making final preparations for the big day. Laney was PUMPED all day long but a little concerned about her elf, Snowflake, leaving. We went to our candlelight Christmas Eve service, ate a nice dinner out, set out our cookies for Santa, and snuggled up in our new PJ’s for our long winter’s nap.

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The next morning Laney woke up at her normal time and seemed to have forgotten it was the big day! Her eyes lit up when we said, “MERRY CHRISTMAS!” She asked if Santa was here (still was confused on that whole process this year). She was a bit sad about Snowflake’s departure, but she immediately perked up at the prospect at opening presents.

We had lots of fun watching her open her gifts. The favorites were her binoculars (“it’s not a camera, Mom”), her piggy bank, her play camera, and her super hero costume.

After we spent a few minutes to enjoy the new goodies, we packed up and headed to Grandpa and Mimi’s house for more Christmas fun. We had fun catching up with extended family on both sides, and Laney couldn’t get enough of opening presents and eating treats.

I tried really hard to be present in the moment this year and not caught up in capturing every detail. My only regret is not getting a a family photo of the three of us at some point, but as Kyle always says I have some great “mental pictures” of this super special Christmas.

We also have two special birthdays after Christmas. Happy birthday, Mimi and Grandpa! Laney is always available to help unwrap presents, blow out candles, and of course assist with the cake eating!

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Hope you all had a magical Christmas!

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