Sunday, January 24, 2010

Christmas Catch-Up

This post has been a long time coming! We've had a very busy and exciting few weeks and I want to make sure I write a little bit about our Christmas before life becomes too overwhelming. Above are some mugs I made for Blair and me. We didn't drink much hot chocolate this season thanks to living in the desert, but I'm still glad I made them.

We put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. I was a little apprehensive about having ornaments low enough for Ella to reach but she hardly gave the ornaments any notice! She was more concerned with the lights and every morning when she came to the living room and saw the tree she would blurt out "chee, chee, chee!" until someone turned on the tree lights.
I have ambition to make some beautiful stockings some day. But until then, here's our a mismatched collection. No mantle for us so we utilized a window sill.
Ella was spoiled rotten by grandparents and friends. We got her clothes and underwear. (Yeah, that's what every kid wants Christmas morning.) Oh, and I made her the photo book. But she got some wonderful (and very pink!) toys from generous family and friends. It didn't take her long to get the hang of opening up presents and she was actually excited to see what was IN the boxes this year. It was really fun to watch her excitement at the new toys. She has really enjoyed playing with her new things!
We had a white porcelain nativity set up on a cupboard in our family room. Ella loved walking past it and exclaiming, "baby, baby!" and "shhhhh, shhhhh." She also decided that baby Jesus needed a hair bow. I didn't get a picture of it, but for several days there was a hair bow sitting next to the manger. Ella loves her hair bows and I saw a deeper meaning in her "gift" for baby Jesus. So I left it there. Then one day she decided the donkey actually needed to wear a hair bow. I got a picture of that one.
Merry Christmas to all!