We had a lovely belated Christmas here at home, with Tim's mom. I love spending this time of year with family, remembering the Reason for the Season, eating good food (waffles!), finally having a good excuse to inhale my weight in chocolate, and enjoying the Colorado snow.
Maile must've sensed mine and Tim's anticipation, because she was up at 5:50 on "Christmas" morning. We didn't mind one bit, we were so excited to see her open gifts.
I reused paper from last year, and everyone was assigned their own. White for Tim, red for Maile, and pink and green for me. Tim and I have had many, many discussions about what Christmas will be like for Maile, and although anticipation is probably one of the funnest things about Christmastime, we want to make sure it is the right kind of anticipation! The anticipation of the birth of our Lord and Savior! Or, as Maile calls Baby Jesus, "Bee-bee Juice."
We decided on a few, meaningful gifts for Maile -- the two biggest being a Radio Flyer Classic Tricycle (which I scored for half price on Zulily), and a Bigjigs Fairy Town Train Set (which I also bought on Zulily, for about 60% of the regular price) -- gifts that will last, that can be handed down, and that Maile will be able to enjoy for a couple of years, at least. We couldn't have asked for more when it came to her reactions. On first sight of her train set, she gasped with excitement and said, "Toot toot?!" as if to ask, "Is it real? Is it for me?" It. was. awesome.
I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of this new year! Surrounded by loved ones, and good food, too!
PS - If you're new here, Tim is a driller an an oil rig. Living life as a roughneck wife means improvisation -- and lots of it! Calendar rearranging is often involved. ;)