The picture on the top left is from Christmas Eve – it was my last chance to get her in her special Christmas dress and take pictures so I grabbed at it! We went to a Christmas Eve service at our church, it was really nice. :)
Christmas morning I got up before everyone and made waffles. When Emma finally awakened (I actually had to go get her at around 8:15 finally because I couldn’t wait), we opened presents! Emma really got into this part and after we were finished walked around the tree wondering where more presents were – what a kid! ;-) But she got some great presents, her favorites being a Magna Doodle and the entire Veggie Tales library from her grandma, a stuffed dog from her great-grandma, and a little bench set from her daddy and mommy. It was a great Christmas and I didn’t feel like we spent too much on gifts or gave too little which makes me happy. I want to keep Christmases as God-focused as possible, but it can be hard! Plus I can’t help but want to buy Emma everything. It’s awful. :) The other gift we bought her is lincoln logs, and I think I enjoyed playing with those more than she did! But I know she’ll grow into them over time and I plan to get them out again sometime when she’s not distracted by so many toys.
Note that on Christmas night she found a flashlight in a drawer and ditched her toys, running around the living room with the flashlight. This is a reminder to me not to go too crazy on Christmases – what kids really care about is family togetherness and the memories you’re making. :)
This was our first Christmas spent entirely at home – my parents moved to Alaska not long ago and anyone else we would have spent it with was sick, but we reeeally enjoyed our family time, and John had a four-day weekend so he was very happy. It was one of the best Christmases ever!
That said, I am glad it’s all finally over because I’m ready to put the holidays behind me and start thinking about a baby who is coming very soon! :)