We made Reindeer food this year. Its a Top Secret Recipe... just for Santa's reindeer. She loved it, well she loved eating all the sprinkles. We told her that we had to sprinkle them on the drive way on Christmas Eve so Rudolph and the gang have something to do when the Big Guy is getting all your toys set up. She was in awe... but then wanted more sprinkles.
If you have noticed she lives in the gowns that Nina and Papaw got her at the Disney store. I think they were meant to be for Christmas, but she went nuts over them so we never wrapped them because its so exciting to pick out what princess she will wear every night. We have to hang them on the drawer and then she names them all before picking her favorite for the night. And if you ask her to wear pant-jammies - no way! "I want to be like a princess" (I never thought I would love the girly-girl stuff... but I like the gowns so far)
We love Princess and the Frog.
Don't worry it came out of the ugg boots... and they were water-proofed MiMi!!
Christmas Eve at MiMi and Papaws...
Me: "Really... we always dress up?"
Gavin: "Yep, just talked to Laura"
Me: "Gaston and Jenny are too?"
Gavin (annoyed) "YES"
So we walk in... in our finest jammies to a house filled with everyone looking their Christmas best NOT in jammies. This is a reoccurring thing with Gavin, every time I'm reminded that I need to talk to his mother about everything (seriously... everything) and to not just take his word for it. It must have been the Christmas Cheer and not wanting to question him and possibly cause an argument (on Christmas Eve) I just TRUSTED that he knew what he was talking about.
Nope. Nope. Nope. I never learn... and we looked like idiots. Everyone got a laugh and we didn't get any cute family Christmas pictures dressed up. Yes, that is why I was mad... I have no family Christmas picture that isn't in Jammies.
The picture above is a tradition that Jenny and I made up this year because we have such a good one from last year... we are going to get pictures in front of the tree of them in their cute 'dressed up' outfits... thanks to Gavin Charlee is in jammies. Still cute and now there is a story to go with it I suppose... (the silver lining)
She thought it was hilarious to put it in high gear and fly down the street taking out curbs, mailboxes, or Gaeton. Gaeton got a BIG race car... only down side is Charlee's is so much faster. I think Papaw was sad, and is trying to Tim Taylor it to even the playing field. I'm proud of my girl for driving like a pro and she even wanted to kick off her slippers to get a better grip on the pedal... Thankful I had socks in the diaper bag... since we were in jammies and all...
After MiMi and Papaws we went to Grandma and Grandpa Crowes to visit with everyone before we went to Nina and Papaws to watch Christmas Vacation. We sprinkled Reindeer Food in Nina's driveway in case Santa wanted to stop at Nina's.
She told him she wanted a princess castle and Little Miss Muffins. So Cute. I teared up just a little.
We went home and Charlee didn't fall asleep until 11:30ish and Santa had lots to build... He probably was up till 2am building all her toys. Santa and his helper did a knock out job with the Castle, had a few setbacks with the easel... because Santa was a big grouch and had a mini wig-out over directions.. or the lack of. Pretty good times all in all.
We had to wake her up before she was ready because we had a fun filled day so at 8:30 we woke her up to have her walk out to see what Santa had left for her. She was in shock, and it took a while for her to touch anything.
This is the Little Miss Muffin pic...
After Breakfast we went to Ninas again for gifts. Charlee got so many gifts we put several away for rainy days or when she is sick. She will never know... she was overwhelmed.
She would open one gift and want us to actually open it so she could play with it, and when we wanted her to open another she would kinda get upset... so after a few she just didn't want to open anything else. I don't blame her, she wanted to play with her new toys dang it. So we opened some and she was a happy girl. Could have played for hours.
The Christmas Pickle
Every year mom and Greg hide a little pickle and whoever finds it gets a special gift and bragging rights that they are the champion of finding the pickle. That's not entirely true- we all get gifts! Its always the last thing we do after gifts and stockings...
This year was a scavenger hunt for our gifts.
I had to take a nap before we went to the Gentry's for Christmas. Gavin got Charlee all ready and took her to Loretta's Christmas and met me later before I had to go into work.... (sick i know)
I had extra time to spend some special time with Grandma Kay and Grandpa Jack before Charlee got there. MoMo Kay looked really happy today to be around everyone. It was a humbling Christmas, very thankful for my family... all of my family... and how we all are coming together to make some lasting memories with the ones we love.
I put Charlee in her car seat and she cried for me to hold her... and that broke my heart. Thank you Gavin for reassuring me she would be fine and its just because she is beyond tired. I didn't want to go to work.
When I woke up the next day we had Christmas at Poppy and Mae Mae's House
She got some great stuff from her cousins in W. Laff and Tenn.
This was a very long post but I wanted all of Christmas to be on the same one. As usual I'm a little behind but that's how it goes more often than not. We had a great Christmas and Charlee was obviously so fun at this age. I love how magical it is with her around now. I'm sad that Lucy had to go. Most of all I'm sad that now the seasonal depression sets in until spring break... uh so depressing just typing it.
Cant wait for New Years!!