Our Christmas really got started on Sunday, the 20th because that was our Cantata at church. This is something that Matt has been working on for months and it's really one of his biggest days of the year. I really think that this year he had the best cantata that he's ever had. Everyone sang so beautifully and I was so proud of him. He is wonderful at what he does and God is truely blessing him in his ministry. Hopefully I'll be up there singing with him next year!
Usually, we spend Christmas Eve with my mom and that's when we have Christmas with her. Well, this year I wanted to still do that, but I also wanted to be at home so that we could start our own traditions with Lorelai. I didn't want to have to rush home from mom's and not have time to do any of our own Christmas stuff with Lorelai. The solution? Have Christmas Eve with mom and my house! I was super excited becase I was going to cook a big ham, we would be more relaxed with LL here, she could stay on schedule, etc. Then we got really horrible news - Victor got sick! Lorelai was just starting to feel better from her bronchitis and none of us (Victor included) wanted to expose her to anyone and risk her getting sick again. This meant that just mom was coming over. I was still excited, but disappointed that Victor was going to miss out on it all.
Mom got off work early (around 11) and came straight to our house. I had been cooking a ham (first time!), mashed potatoes, and asparagus. It was my first time cooking asparagus and ham, but they both turned out fantastic!
After we ate, it was time for gifts! Of course, most of them belonged to Lorelai (as they should) so we all sat around and helped her open her gifts! She was still feeling a little under-the-weather and didn't really have any idea what was going on. She wasn't too keen on opening presents and she just wanted to play with them as they were unwrapped. I think she got a little overwhelmed because she'd start playing with one thing and then we'd open another thing and hand it to her and she never got a chance to really look at any one thing. Some of her favorite gifts: book! This girl loves books, her crazy new hairbow, and her grocery cart! Mom did an awesome job picking out the grocery cart for her and she LOVES it!
Her crazy new hair bow!
Reading a new book.
Standing all by herself like a big girl!
Matt got a smoker (yummm! ready for some awesome food!) and I got a new camera. Finally! My other one was getting to be so horrible. It wouldn't take pictures some times, most of the time the pictures were blurry and (worst of all) I had a hard time getting my computer to find them to put them on the computer! It would try to bring up old, random pics instead of the ones that were on the camera. ??? So I was super stoked to get a new one!
After we got done opening presents, it was time for LL to take her nap. All of those gifts wore her out! Mom left to go take care of Victor and we spent the rest of the evening at home. We had planned to bake some cookies for Santa, but LL ended up sleeping from 3-5 because she was so tired, so time ran out for baking cookies. We'll make sure that doesn't happen next year!
Reading "The Night Before Christmas"