The rest of Christmas

Today Lance and I went back to work and Bella went back to school. Such a short break, but at least we get another two days off next week. Part of me wishes she had been a New Year’s baby so that we could have her birthday off every year!

Anyway, we spent the past two days with Bela’s grandma Charlotte and grandpa James who came to visit us. Despite the short holiday break, I was really excited about starting new traditions with Bella and hope that we’ve come up with a few that will last for many years.

During the day, Bella was entertained by some play time with Grandma and Grandpa.

fun with grandma and grandpa

fun with grandma and grandpa

We took some pictures in front of the tree.

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And showed off Bella’s homemade handprint ornament.

we were shocked when her hand filled the whole ornament!

we were shocked when her hand filled the whole ornament!

Lance has gotten really into pizza making this year, so we decided that would be a fun Christmas Eve tradition – especially when Bella is old enough that she can help add toppings and participate in the fun.

eggplant topping for one of the pizzas

eggplant topping for one of the pizzas

proud pizza chef

proud pizza chef

chowing down on some pizza

chowing down on some pizza

We decided to start the tradition of giving Christmas “jammies” on Christmas Eve, so Bella got to open her first gift.

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We had talked about going to the late night Christmas Eve service at Duke Chapel with everyone, but the grandparents were tired and we decided not to wake Bella up, so Lance and I went alone. Once again the Chapel was totally packed. The candlelit service features beautiful music and a wonderful atmosphere. But it goes until 12:15 am so we were tired when we got home!

gorgeous Duke Chapel

gorgeous Duke Chapel

Bella was up and ready to get going by 8 am Christmas morning (she woke up to nurse around 6 but thankfully went back to sleep!). Lance made his wonderful waffles for everyone and then we got ready to open presents!

yummmmy waffles

yummmmy waffles

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she got to pick her first present to open and picked this one from the McIntyre’s

the perfect hat...one she can't pull off!

the perfect hat…one she can’t pull off!

pulling up everywhere now!

pulling up everywhere now!

she loved taking presents out of bags

she loved taking presents out of bags

fun toys from grandma and grandpa

fun toys from grandma and grandpa

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After taking a few more pictures by the tree, it was time for a nap. Lance and I then spent the rest of the day cooking a dinner of brisket, sweet potato casserole, and orzo salad while Bella either napped or played with her grandparents.

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The holiday flew by but it was so much fun. I can’t wait until next year when she will really start understanding what is going on.

Now, it’s time to really get to planning on her birthday party. It is just over a week away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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