Christmas 2016

Christmas is over, can you even believe it???  I am convinced that it just keeps going by faster & faster every year (and also that I am a little bit more exhausted at the end of it every year, too).  We had the most magical couple of days, and by the morning after Christmas had very full hearts, full bellies, and LOTS of new toys for the girls to play with for at least the entire new year! πŸ˜‰ 
I always look forward to Christmas Eve, so much excitement and anticipation!  We go to my grandparents each year, I have since I was a little girl, and it’s just so much fun being able to bring my own two girls there now and watch them have the same joy that I always did.  My very favorite part of the night was on our drive home, we had been talking about Santa with Waverly for weeks (as well as tracking him on our phones and face-timing him on an app), and she just could not wait to get to bed to make sure he didn’t skip our house, since she had heard that so many times before.  When we got home we were able to talk her into reading “The Night Before Christmas” & throwing our reindeer food on the lawn, but then she immediately really wanted to go to bed.  She told Avalon to not make a sound, asked us if “Santa will still come if Avalon cries, because he knows babies cry, right?”, and then pointed at my husband & I and told us not to leave our room.  As soon as her head hit the pillow she was immediately asleep, it was the craziest thing ever and I wish we had that magic every night. πŸ˜‰  I just loved how sweet it was and I know I will never forget it.

I’ve never been able to sleep well on Christmas Eve night, and this year was absolutely no different, I could not wait to see the girls faces when they came down the stairs.  We loved playing Santa and creating a fun little scene for them to see once they turned the corner!!  I ended up getting a dress rack for them to share for their playroom and filling it with some fun accessories and play clothes, which I know they will love, but I was most excited for Waverly to see her Trolls bike.  It was the only thing that she asked Santa for when she sat on his lap (even though she had previously asked for a Shopkins bike which my mom had already bought then later returned), so we just knew we had to have it Christmas morning for her.  Avalon loved going through everything so much, her favorite of all was probably the Elmo toothpaste in her stocking. πŸ˜‰  Their joy was contagious and I wish I could do it a thousand more times!!!  Afterwards, we went outside and let Waverly ride her bike, it’s so her, full of purple and glitter and the girly things! πŸ™‚  We had brunch with family and then spent the rest of the afternoon getting ready for dinner while Avalon took a nap, and loved hosting my side of the family for the evening.  Such a busy and memorable day!

Hope your Christmas was absolutely wonderful!!!!!  And happiest almost New Year, so close!


  1. December 29, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    I really can’t believe it! And I am quite sad about it. I’m not ready to let go of all the magic just yet! I am so glad you all had a wonderful Christmas. I love that Waverly asked if Santa would still come if Avalon cried. So cute and sweet! I adore these photos. The joy radiates from them.

  2. December 30, 2016 / 4:44 am

    I love, love, love that your mom returned the bike she already got just to make Waverly smile. My own mom returned a watch and rebought it three times one Christmas, since I kept switching colors, not realizing she'd already gotten it…three times. I was in high school and that still sticks out in my head as one of those times that shows what an awesome mom I have. Yous must be awesome to do that!

  3. December 30, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Gosh, what an awesome and beautiful day!! You're so right, their joy Christmas morning is SO contagious and one of my favorite things too, watching them discover the magic of Santa. Avalon's hair..!!! What a(nother) memorable year for you guys. Happy New Year, friend!! πŸ™‚

  4. December 30, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    So much sweetness! That's one thing Santa should have delivered to P – a bike!

  5. January 2, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Oh my goodness, their Christmas gifts are awesome. I bet they were thrilled! I'm so glad you had a nice Christmas with your sweet family!

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