christmas highlights

Finally: stockings for all members of the family!

Willa's excitement after the last small ornament was velcroed to our new-this-year advent tree. Meaning: Christmas tomorrow!

Walking down the street on Christmas Eve morning to hear the Christmas carolers, followed by a stop at the park to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Willa making a gingerbread house with Grandpa and Barbara.

This shrimp dish for Christmas Eve dinner. With delicious wine.

Wearing Cameron in the Solly wrap amidst the festivities.

Watching Claymation Christmas as a family on Christmas Eve and then reading our special pop-up version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Willa's excitement about leaving out cookies, carrots, and eggnog for Santa. And when she sneaked upstairs on Christmas morning to see if he'd eaten the cookies. She was supposed to be taking her stocking stuffer bath toy to her bathroom, but she didn't skip the change to run up one more level to the tree to check things out.

Eggnog lattes with Morning Fresh farms nog from Marczyk Fine Foods.

Forgetting to send some of the stocking presents I'd bought for my sister. Baby brain?

The $13 used train set I found at Goodwill in November. Divided into three boxes from Santa, it was just as awesome of a gift as I'd hoped it'd be.

Running with Dan on Christmas day. Just the two of us. (And feeling bad we forgot to take Bryna with us.)

My Little Pony lip balms from the dollar store = Willa's favorite gift on Christmas day.

Matching PJs (+ sibling love!?).

So many generous, thoughtful gifts. For Willa: Imaginets, books, an ice cream scoop set, Duplo Legos, clothes, new Keens, a Take-A-Part Airplane, Dot-a-Dot markers, a modern sock monkey, and more...

Afternoon eggnogs with whiskey.

Santa bringing Willa Frozen: She called him (obviously) last week to ask for it, and after Wal-Mart didn't have the Blu-Ray version, we ordered it in the nick of time from Amazon. We then forgot to put it under the tree because it was so small, but we snuck it upstairs as the unwrapping was coming to an end. As she opened it, she quietly and thoughtfully said, "He remembered." Who knows if she'll remember, but we definitely will!

Snow on Christmas day.

Five pounds of beef tenderloin, also from Marczyk. Much of it went into the freezer, but the portion we had for dinner was divine. I even had seconds!


Cameron sleeping 8.5 hours Christmas night. Apparently the festivities wore him out!