The last month had been spent busily preparing for yesterday! It seemed like there was a lot to do this year, more than I remember from last year, although last year at this time I think the focus was on settling into our new house and preparing for the new baby. This year perhaps I did a few extras…Christmas cards and cookies, and of course twice as much wrapping now that we have Harper too!
We had several good celebrations. It started mid-December with the Keller Family, followed by extended Prindaville family, immediate Prindaville family, Christmas Eve at our house with my parents and Ford family, and a super relaxing Christmas Day with G&G Ford and Grandma M.
Ella and Harper received a play kitchen, which has gotten a lot of use already! It was all both girls had eyes for for about the first 10 minutes of Christmas morning! They opened some Santa presents, but it took awhile since Ella wanted to open and play with each gift immediately after opening it. Grandparents arrived about 10 for brunch and more presents. We spent the day just hanging out; had time to play, watch a movie, and skype with Aunt Becca and Uncle Jake! Aunt Deb and Aunt Barb came over for a laid back Christmas dinner…had early visions of dining on our china but with all the Christmas clutter, just couldn’t bring myself to get it out. We ate off the Corell instead (but it still tasted pretty good!).
Today Ed took Ella out for a bit, and I had about two hours during Harper’s nap to try to restore the house to somewhat normalcy. I cleaned up and sorted through toys, packing some up to donate to make room for the new stuff and putting it all away. That left me feeling better! I had time to go for walk and truly appreciate the best gift of all…time with family and friends!