Christmas gets more fun each year with kids! Isabelle was so fun with the whole Santa thing. I am convinced parents perpetuate Santa for thier own enjoyment. I know we did. Every mall we entered for the past six weeks Isabelle yelled and waved at the mall santa, "Hiiiiiiiii Santa!" like he was an old friend, "Remember me from the last time we were at the mall?" kind of thing.
Santa came to our house a bit early this year, since we were at my parents for Christmas. Isabelle was amazed to see he had eaten her cookies and left her presents. We definatley didn't go overboard, and have no intention of doing so in the future (we have enough family to do that for us!) And her favorte gift, by far, was the Bubble-Yum chapstick she opened from her stocking and replied, "ooohhhhh make-up" before smearing and re-smearing it all over her lips!
Other gift highlights for Isabelle was the really cute little pink kitchen my parents got her, and a the little cupcake apron my Grandma made her to go with her kitchen. Conrad got me a Cricut and I got him a digital photo frame. Neither of these had the traditional Christmas surprise. I found mine on e-bay and we bid on it together, and I got it personally from "Santa" aka the UPS guy. And Conrad's, although a surprise, didn't show up till two days AFTER Christmas. Oh well...the best laid plans!
We had a wonderful time at all the family Christmas parties and Isabelle and Grace were the belle's of the ball. It wasn't too crazy for us, except for the mounds of stuff we pack to go out of town for a few days with two children and the obscene amount of stuff we had to haul back after Christmas! We were unpacking for days!
Since so many of you bearers of gift read my blog...thank you for all of the wonderful and thoughtful gifts you bought our girls! They are thoroughly enjoying them as I write, and dressed very well, while they do it. It was good just to see everyone and enjoy everyones company gain. I think with each passing year I feel blessed to have such a great family and to have one more Christmas together!