Last year was probably my favorite Christmas ever since it was Lydia’s first Christmas where she understood what was going on. This year is a close second, though. It didn’t feel rushed or harried or crazy, even with all of the activity.
Here’s what the activity was: homemade orange rolls, spelt/gruyere/spinach strata, quinoa pilaf, roasted brussel sprouts, baked pears and hot chocolate. Two family get-togethers. Three rounds of present openings. There was also Skyping with Uncle Clark and Aunt Swathi, a little piano and some dish washing thrown in there. From morning until night, this Christmas was filled with family and fun, and it made me happy that my original Christmas wish was not granted (that we just skip over Christmas and go straight to tomorrow–I know, super grinchy wish, right?).
Karin, Jay, Jere, David and Balu joined us for brunch and present round #2. We had lots of fun conversation, and Lydia enjoyed sneaking as many caramels as she could while everyone was distracted. Then Tom and Suzanne came over for present round #3; we had only fifteen minutes before we were supposed to leave for the Darais family dinner in Pleasant Grove, so that round of present unwrapping was craaazy. And then we headed down to Pleasant Grove, where we ate more. Lydia loved watching the other kids play, and she especially loved trailing behind Isabella, the only cousin on that side that she actually knows. At the end, she watched a bunch of girls around Isabella’s age and just started calling them all Isabella.
During the family Christmas program, Lydia wandered around having full-blown, animated conversations with herself. I need to ask the pediatrician if this is healthy, normal toddler behavior or if I need to renew my energy on the play date front.
Here are today’s many pictures (and I considered myself restrained and even negligent on the picture front today, which, in light of all the pictures I’m posting, seems ironic):
Lydia was reunited with her cat!!! It was a joyful reunion.
Uncle Clark and Aunt Swathi gave the girls a castle tent. Now each girl has one. (Last night Loralee gave the girls another one!)
Opening one of Nana’s gifts–a mailbox.
Mary with her new Eric Carle “smart pad.”
I took a picture of the tree because I will miss it.
Mary got a bump. Nana helped her feel better.
Lydia watched the Muppet’s Christmas Carol again, this time snuggled up with her cat.
Some of the food. I forgot to take pictures of the rest…
Present round #2. Showing off her new shirt from Jere and David.
Present round #3. Thanks, Grandma! Lydia loves her new craft set!!
Mary unwrapping a present. Lydia helped her open most of hers, but she did this one by herself.
Thanks, Grandma! Mary loves her new toys!!
Before we left for Provo, I discovered Mary here. She was loving her new tent and toys.