Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas 2015

I'm a little sad to see Christmas go, but Ellie's first Christmas did not disappoint! We got to see (almost) all of our family and Ellie got more gifts than we could even imagine what to do with.  We already need a bigger house, but we appreciate it all so much. :) 

We kicked off Christmas Eve with a delicious breakfast and I was so excited when I thought of a way to include a festive food for Ellie.  I cut up strawberries and bananas (which basically ended up as mush) and made them into a shape of a candy cane!  We a few other things as well, but the best was cinnamon rolls made in the waffle maker.  A pack of cinnamon rolls on medium heat for three minutes, cooked one at a time.  Drizzle on the icing and you are good to go! Dangerously delicious. ;)

In the afternoon, we went to Tyler's grandparents house for a couple hours and then went to my aunt and uncles.  After visiting, my sister and parents came over to do presents just the six of us.  Of course Ellie was sleeping by then so she ended up with even more presents to open on Christmas morning. :)  It seemed a little jam-packed but it was nice to be able to see everyone!

After they left, I had way too much fun playing Santa. We set out cookies and milk even though Ellie wasn't up to help.  We just figured it was a must-do anyway, especially because Tyler surprised me with a Santa cookie plate on Christmas Eve. :)

Ellie woke up at 5:00 on Christmas morning and got through maybe half of her gifts before she decided she needed a nap. Of course she didn't care all that much about her presents, (although she did seem to like her sled!) it was still lots of fun.  We went over to my grandma's house in the afternoon for more Christmas festivities. 

After Ellie went to bed on Christmas night, Tyler made me a fort in our living room.  It was part of my Christmas present he thought of after reading this post, and he even bought me the pink faux fur pillow cases that I said I wanted! :)  I love that he thought to do that for me, although I was a little confused when I unwrapped a package of rope and clothespins on Christmas morning. ;)  We watched Home Alone and felt a little bit like little kids again.

We had one last Christmas celebration on Saturday with Tyler's family at his parents house.  Between everyone's work schedules, it's super hard to coordinate a get-together so we were unfortunately missing two people from the bunch, but it was still a lot of fun.  We also had a teeny tiny guest with us this year - Ellie's baby cousin due in August!  I don't think I mentioned that I'm going to be an auntie here yet.  So exciting! :)

And with that, Christmas is over!  We are exhausted and Ellie is fighting her first cold (the cold is winning), so I have a feeling we have a few long days and nights ahead of us - poor girlfriend!  I have to say that Ellie was a champ the past few days with all the visiting.  She has been known to have a minor meltdown when she's around people she's not familiar with but hardly cried at all (and when she did it was either because she was exhausted or because she seems a little afraid of dogs).  Anyway, we were pleasantly surprised and so proud of her. :)

I'm just about ready to pack up the tree and all of the decorations, but I'm already dreaming of next year.  Ellie will be a little older and able to enjoy it more, and her Elf on the Shelf will come to pay a visit or two, who we don't actually own yet but have already named him Clark.  Because what else would we name him? ;)

Hope you all had the best Christmas!

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