Yesterday was magical. I couldn’t have picked out a better day for us. The night before Christmas, Bella opened one present (carrying on the tradition from my family), put cookies and milk out for Santa, wore the cutest Christmas nightgown ever, and took an hour and a half to wind down and pass out.
I sat up till 10 wrapping gifts and rearranging them under the tree, then hauling the world’s largest Stegosaurus out.
Seriously. So giant.
Christmas morning I woke up and had her stay with Daddy a few minutes so I could let Charlie out and turn on the heat. When she came out, her face was just stunned. She bit her lip and her nail – for a moment I thought she was going to cry. Then she squeaked out, “That’s a really big dinosaur!” Sam made coffee while she found each of her presents. Then we opened them – and waited on a few to FaceTime with family.
She was so fast at opening that non-blurry photos were impossible. This was the toy car for her dollhouse she’d announced to Santa she wanted – unbeknownst to us. What a scramble to get it here. Worth it when she opened it up of course.
Besides those two, I’d bought her a three-headed dragon puppet that she adores in her play therapy sessions, a horse for her dolls that she used for her dinosaurs to ride on (my kid and dolls – just not a fan lol), books, and then all kinds of other stuff from us and family that was hands on fun – science kits and play sand. My parents sent her a Kindle Fire for kids – it’s the perfect size for her and she loves that the movies we already watch on Prime are on it, along with books and games. She spent the afternoon on her dinosaur watching movies.
I bought Sam a pizza stone, ear buds he can sleep in, and a year subscription to National Geographic – he’s so into learning about different cultures and the why’s and how’s of stuff. But the best present for him came the day before.
Sam adores little animals so much, always has. We had a little toad – Tolva – for a year and a few weeks ago he died accidentally from the new heating lamp messing up the temp in his cage. Sam found him and the look on his face – I cried the whole night. He’d brought him home right after Kaden died, had found him in a parking lot as a baby toad as big as a quarter and brought him home. The hours he’d spent loving on him and making his cage just perfect for a wild creature.
We’d headed to PetsMart Christmas Eve to grab cat food (although like Target, I never have left with just one item) and stopped to look at these baby Syrian hamster brothers. SO CUTE. Sam’s holding Bella up to look at them as they both laugh and oogle over the tininess – and although I have said a billion times NO MORE PETS – I can’t take it. I turn to him and say, “Merry Christmas. Have a hamster.” He had to ask me three times if I was serious.
We ended up getting the other since they can both be in the same cage forever. They are the sweetest, funniest little guys. After a lot of pondering, we named them Bo & Go. For those of you who have followed me long enough, you might recognize those nicknames from the twins. 🙂
Sam got me something equally as wonderful – a necklace from The Vintage Pearl. I’m never taking it off:
My parents sent me a beautiful journaling Bible that I’d wanted so much.
Then we all hung out in the afternoon, Sam cooked up a prime rib that was incredible while I roasted vegetables. After dinner we headed into the hot tub and relaxed, then pie with homemade whipped cream (I make a mean whipped cream but I let it go so long it almost made it to butter instead).
This morning we woke up to one of the best gifts ever for El Paso – snow. Heavy flakes falling down. Nothing stuck here (on Franklin Mountains it did), but just seeing it was amazing. Bella had been asking about snow for weeks, and this made her whole day.
It was a wonderful Christmas. One of the best so far. We received so many wonderful, thoughtful gifts and cards, missed our family but enjoyed a holiday at home, and even had a little snow. Hoping all of yours was just as lovely.