We had two rounds of Christmas this morning (craziness!). First, we woke up and opened our presents from Santa and then once Katie and Tim woke up we had breakfast and opened presents with the rest of the family. Both kids had a great Christmas, although Lila got too involved with her new toys and didn't want to open anymore presents, so she has still more presents open.
In front of the tree
Lila opening her stocking.
Lila got a vaccuum cleaner and cleaning cart from Nana and Pa and had a blast playing with it all day. Lila opened a new Janie and Jack outfit and immediately wanted to take off her pjs and try on her new clothes and hat.
We went to Momoo and Popoo's house on Christmas Eve for a party with extended family and then stayed after to exchange gifts with Momoo and Popoo. Lila once again had a blast opening presents and wanted to help everyone else open their presents.
Who knows how to use Photoshop? This would be a GREAT Christmas family picture if Lila was smiling. Ian showing off his new shades.
Due to the "wintery mix" weather we've been having, we decided to change our holiday plans and drive down to Clinton a day early and stay for the duration of the week. Despite needing to run around frantically to get everything ready to go, we took time to open our presents from Gary, Sue, and Erin.
Lila getting some help from Daddy opening a present.
Lila helping Ian with one of his gifts.
Lila loves her new Zoobie Pets hippo blanket.
Ian with his Amazon gift card from Erin. I had to talk him down from spending it immedately.
I am stealing an idea from the very fashionable Beth and Jackson and chronicling Lila's holiday outfits this season. She can only wear them for a short time, so we might as well document it on the blog.
Here's Lila's candy cane shirt that was a gift from our cousins Jeff and Jill last year.
The shirt says "good things come in small packages" and came from Target.
No, this is not a good picture, but it shows off Lila's beautiful Christmas Eve outfit. This might be my favorite outfit of Lila's ever!
Lila's Christmas Day outfit was a red shirt with a gingerbread man on it and red fleece lined jeans.
Today is our third day of all being home together and things are getting nutty. Some things I heard around the house today:
[Bang! Crash!] Ian: Don't worry Mom, nothing was broken and no one was hurt. I'm just making a launcher for my all terrain vehicle. Me: That sounds like an outdoor activity. Ian: Uh, Mom, it's cold outside.
Chris: Do you want me to body slam you? Lila: [very enthusiastically] Uh-huh! Uh-huh!
And seen: Lila making the stuffed Grinch give air kisses and air hugs to Nana and Pa.
Our nights out have become less rare since moving back to Illinois, but it is rare that we get dressed for a night out and remember to take a picture. Tonight we went to Jim and Jasna's for a holiday party and had a great time.
Ian had a snow day today and Chris decided to work from home, so everyone was home today. Lila usually says no with a look of sheer terror on her face when I ask if she wants to play in the snow, but today she said yes so we got all bundled up and went outside.
Ready to play in the snow!
Ian starting a snowman.
I don't like the snow!
After we came inside, Ian and I made thumbprint cookies.
The roads were better this afternoon, so I went shopping during Lila's nap and then all four of us went out for dinner. We ended the day with a game of Monopoly.
I took Lila to the mall to see Santa. The entire time that we waited in line, Lila waved and said, "Hi Santa! Ho ho ho!" over and over again. When the kids in front of us were sitting on Santa's lap, Lila watched and said yes when I asked her if she would sit on Santa's lap. Then, it was our turn. Lila took one look at Santa, said no, and clung to me like a tree frog.
This was the picture we got. Doesn't she look happy to be here?
When we walked away from Santa's village, Lila looked at Santa and said, "Hi Santa! Ho ho ho!".
I think I have a holiday baking addiction. This year I made roll out sugar cookies with cream cheese icing, snickerdoodles, peanut butter fudge and cranberry orange cookies. I'm sure there are lots of people that bake quite a bit more for the holidays, but my guess would be they plan to host a holiday party or two. I do not, so now the challenge is finding enough people to give cookies to so that we don't eat all of this ourselves.
And, just for reference, that is a two gallon tin filled to the top with sugar cookies!
Ian had a swim meet that lasted all weekend, unlike his typical swim meets which are only on Friday nights. Ian swam two events on Saturday afternoon and two events this afternoon. Chris volunteered to be a timer for the meet yesterday, so I stayed home with Lila. Then today I got to go and watch the meet and take some pictures while Chris stayed home with Lila.
Ian's school Christmas concert was today. I had to go straight to the concert from Lila's gymnastics class and unfortunately ended up forgetting my camera in my rush to get out of the house, so no pictures. But, Ian and the rest of the kids did a great job; the 5th graders sang two songs and played the recorder for one song.
As you know, my laugh is quite unique. As you probably also know, toddlers are hilarious. That means that I have been laughing a lot in Lila's presence lately. Apparently, she has also noticed the uniqueness of my laugh because she has started imitating the squeaking part. Like Lila herself, it's hilarious.