& it begins...
So this year Christmas was on Friday the 24th for us. A little unconventional-yes, confusing-a little....will it happen again-probably. As much as its nice that I don't have to work monday thru friday 9-5, along with the unconventional hours comes celebrating holidays a little different.
We've had our tree since just after Thanksgiving. We weren't sure how it would go over w/Lil but overall it went well. I understand that I missed a few snack times that were centered around eating the ornaments as well as using the tree as a comfy seat, or perhaps it landed her fall. But overall, considering that its still standing & I consider it a success.
So Friday, Christmas, began with heating up the oven to make cinnamon rolls, yum & heading to the tree, I mean wrapping presents 1st & then heading to the tree for presents. It really was focused around Lil. My parents bought her a tricycle that for now has a push handle, she also received a stroller for her babies, magnets for the fridge, more touch & feel books (her favorite), clothes and an amazing box full of goodies from our friends in Cali. Her favorite in that box so far has been a tea set, a little mermaid boom box/radio, little muppet stuffed animals & well its been so fun to watch her play w/some new stuff.
Eli & I set a minimal budget for each other....for which we purchased each other some goodies from World Market-love that place. A little elf (or angel) gave us a gift to enjoy a date on them & we can't wait to do that...so generous. :)
All the unwrapping was probably done by 10am & then we had eggs, sticky rolls & egg nog lattes. We hung out the rest of the morning & my parents made there way over by 2ish. We were gonna head over to Duke for their children's service, but our child slept about 2 hrs right up until the service...we missed it--never wake a sleeping baby/kid.
We took a quick stroll w/Lil's new bike, it was pretty chilly out there & then made our way over to our pastor's house. He & his family was hosting service & snacks. It was intimate & nice. They had it by their fire place and about 20+ people attended. The place we typically rent out for our Durham service didn't make sense since so many people were going out of town. We usually have 100+ people in attendance.
Then our last venture for the day was PF Changs, my parents had never been. So good....And so that was Christmas a bit early in our household.
I hope yours was as good as ours. Maybe next year we can celebrate for a bit longer...I was work bound all weekend...
And I was kind of surprised & impressed w/the snow we received. Wow, I awoke to a white filled world. That drive was messy...and now it's just about all melted.
Chef in training....
& she hugged the box, theres a baby on it
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