Life has been busy — and you especially! Now that you’re two, you are ALWAYS on the go.
Christmas was so special this year. We tried to get you to all the quintessential Christmas things.
We started the season by seeing Santa a little bit before Christmas. You cried when we left you in his lap, but you were excited to see him, loved the candy cane, and even got a little plush owl. We went to meet him at Bass Pro Shop again and it’s so beautiful! You loved coloring while waiting and seeing his reindeer and the fish in the shop.
We went to see Christmas lights that were coordinated to music. You loved that, but we had to leave when you leaned on the horn for a good 15 seconds! It was an accident, but it was late and other people might not have liked it!
We read lots of books about Christmas. Your favorite was Fa La La, J is for Jesus, and Who is Coming to Our House?. We read them A LOT. We also watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. We tried a couple others but I think they were a little too old for you. We listened to Raffi’s Christmas album a LOT and you LOVED singing a long, especially to Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, and There Was a Little Baby. You can sing the first verse of Frosty even now!
You loved our Christmas tree too! We had a small Christmas tree this year so we could fit everything in our living room. You liked looking at the “pretty lights” and got excited for the candy canes we hung on it.
We also went to Gingerbread House decorating at church. Everyone gets together and decorates gingerbread houses. Ours was already put together (thank goodness!). You were more interested in eating the decorations, but you actually helped! You put all the “lights” (candy coated sesame seeds) on one side of the house! We kept it around for a couple weeks and you were so proud of it. You’d say “Gingerbread house!” and “I did it!” while pointing to it.
Christmas Eve Grammy came up to visit. All day daddy had been talking about how Santa would come and bring presents. When you heard her footsteps on the porch, you turned to me and said, “Santa?!” I laughed so hard, but you weren’t quite right (although Grammy did bring you LOTS of presents).
You were also given a special Christmas Eve gift — a pair of pajamas to wear and a new movie — Minions! It is pretty much, your favorite movie. I think I’ve seen it at least 50 times and it hasn’t even been a month!
When you woke up on Christmas Day, you were so excited! The whole way down the stairs you kept saying “open presents! open presents!” You opened a LOT of presents. Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Seth all sent you Christmas presents. We got to Skype with them while you opened your presents from them.
Santa brought you three presents in your special bag from Santa. Santa brings you three presents because Jesus was given three presents by the wise men to celebrate his birth! It’s a ways we can remember why we celebrate the Christmas season. Mommy and Daddy gave you four gifts: something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.
Aunt Cathy and Uncle Stu came over for Christmas dinner! We had ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, salad, corn pudding, cranberry salad, and a whole slew of Christmas cookies! You favorite was ham with mustard and the cookies! You got to play with Aunt Cathy on your new tricycle and started to make a connection with her!
The day after New Years we went down to Kilmarnock and visited Grammy, Aunt Cathy, and Uncle Stu. You had fun on your new tricycle at Grammy’s and enjoyed tasty burgers at the Northern Neck Burger Co. (but you liked the chips/fries the best!).
For your birthday, we had an Elmo party! We had Elmo balloons, an Elmo Party Ball, special signs with your name on it, an Elmo fruit tray (strawberries, blueberries, mandarin oranges, and yogurt — your favorites), and Elmo cupcakes! For our meal, we had Chick Fil A and every one ate it up! Grammy, Uncle Stu, Aunt Cathy, Miss Jenel, and Addison all came over to celebrate. We even got to Skype with Grandma and Grandpa while you opened their presents! Your favorite thing has been your slide! Every time we leave the house, you have to go down!
We had your two year old doctor’s appointment shortly afterwards! You are in the 80th percentile for height, 70th for weight, and 90th for head — you’re pretty proportional, but especially smart! :) But we already knew that! You sing in phrases, can count until 12 (but skip four and five), can say most of your ABCs, know your shapes very well, know your colors most of the time, and same multi-word phrases all the time!
AND!!! You’re potty training already! Shortly after Christmas we bought you a training potty. You asked to use it, and we’ve been using it ever since! You can sleep through most of your nap without going potty, and throughout school you do really well too! It wasn’t what we would have started now, but you were interested in it so we went with it!
Life is SO SO busy, but so good. Even more so because you are in it. We love you SO much little girl. And I’m SO PROUD to be your mommy.
Love you ALWAYS,