***only the bare minimum because three months have come and gone since Christmas***
ideally we would have eaten a huge mexican dinner on christmas eve with enchiladas and tamales but since we were leaving the next day to be out of town for two weeks, we kept things simple with a christmas colored dinner. spaghetti, bread, and broccoli - red, white, and green. plain and boring but easy.
lots of snow made for a magical christmas eve and morning. it felt so festive and thankfully the roads were okay for traveling still. christmas night the girls each opened a present from my mom and got some cute new cupcake pjs. the girls loved them.
christmas morning was so, so, so much fun! i think it's gotten better every year as the girls have gotten older, plus their excitement rubs off on us. grace cracked us up and couldn't focus on anything else once she realized there was candy in her stocking. the other items that won her over quickly were the hot wheel cars and dora bandaids.
i love madison's face in this picture. she was quite happy to get a "tangled" book. her biggest christmas wish was dress up clothes. the girls were thrilled to see santa left a trunk of dress up clothes and wore dresses, crowns, heels, and carried wands the rest of the morning.
the other present the girls really fell in love with was from the hulets - a cute little tupperware mini pitcher and four tiny cups. they play with a similar set in cedar at my mom's neighbor's house. they still play with them almost every day. thank you hulets! (funny story: the package with this present came in the mail and it was the first one we put under the tree. the girls were told not to open it but grace, being our ever sneaky toddler, tore open some of the paper when i wasn't in the room. madison came to me in tears, saying grace ripped it open. i went to check on the situation and found only a little bit of bubble wrap sticking out. all was well. when i explained to madison what it was and that we could tape it back up, madison said, "how wonderful! they knew just what i wanted! its bubblewrap!" so funny! she was pleasantly surprised on christmas morning to find it full of more than just that. :)
christmas morning was wonderful. the only thing i would have changed about the day was traveling. pretty soon after our festivities ended in the morning, we loaded up, drove to kansas city, and flew out to AZ. while it was nice to end up with family that evening, it made for a long and tiring day. (note to self - don't travel on christmas day next year!)
i'm grateful that for the most part we kept things simple, made some homemade gifts, and didn't spend a lot of money. the girls loved everything about christmas and i'm already excited about next year!