We’re all recovering from a fun and busy few days over here!
This month has had some fun activities at home leading up to the big day. We started a Christmas Countdown calendar on December 1st that had 24 days of activities…everything from “make reindeer food” to “bring a treat to a neighbor” to “watch a Christmas movie”. Bella loved opening up her surprise each day!
We found a $25 tree at Home Depot on Thanksgiving weekend and let her decorate it all by herself.
She loved making her first gingerbread house.
I (bravely) took both girls to Chick Fil A for a free breakfast with Santa Cow. That outing may have ended with spilled orange juice, spilled milk, and Brynn somehow peeing through her diaper onto me.
She also absolutely loved lighting the Hannukah candles this year and singing along with mommy.
And generally just being a goofball when she found our old stockings.
This was the first year that Bella sort of understood what was going on with the holidays. We talked up Santa (or to her…Canta Sauce) and she went from being super scared of him, to jumping right on his lap when she met him for the first time at daycare.
Lance’s mom and stepdad arrived on Christmas Eve afternoon, and my mom and stepdad arrived Christmas Day afternoon, so we’ve had tons of family time at home. The weather has been unseasonably warm, so there has been a lot of outdoor playtime as well.
The holidays themselves are very low key for us since we don’t have any local family to visit. On Christmas Eve, we continued our homemade pizza tradition. On Christmas morning, we persuaded Bella to eat breakfast before opening her presents. Lance made us all reindeer pancakes. That was followed by over an hour of present-opening. Bella then needed a break from opening presents since she had been opening everyone’s presents. So we played for a while, ate dinner, and then finished opening them up before bedtime.
We followed up our wonderful family-filled Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with a birthday party on Saturday and Bella’s first trip ice skating on Sunday. So much fun to get out and get active after those lazy days at home. Love getting to spend all of this time with our family.