Just like last year, Charlotte really loved the tree! Unlike last year, she decided that it was a "mess" and she needed to "clean it up". She really enjoyed it and spent a lot of time rearranging the ornaments. Some of her favorites were "circle" and "mommy's car".
Charlotte got to go to a party and meet Santa and "Old ady" as she called her. She enjoyed the cookies and listening to a story.
Brunch at Blu to celebrate Daddy's birthday with Mama and Papa B. Papa B got mistaken for Santa!
Decorating the school tree with her little classmates.
Charlotte's class Christmas party. The babies were so cute! Charlotte was out of school for a whole month and even though she missed school very much she enjoyed her time at home. She started sleeping until 9am, got to go to Mommy's office several times, and got to spend lots of time with her Nae Nae before she goes to have her baby. It was a really sweet and special time before a big change for us all in January.
We are so lucky to have such a sweet and fun Smith and Bailey family! Charlotte loved the tacky sweater party, but mostly enjoyed playing with her big buddy Henry. C wasn't exactly tacky, but Daddy won first prize!
We all really enjoyed Christmas at the Falls! Charlotte got to ride the train, make an ornament, meet Santa, and visit the petting zoo. Of course, we all loved seeing the lights!
We also enjoyed our drive through River Country Campground to see the lights. We had to drive through twice so Charlotte could say hello to the blow up minions. Afterwards we got frozen yogurt--it's starting to be a tradition!
We had a fun morning having brunch with Santa! Charlotte was a little timid, but she decided she liked Santa when he gave her a sucker.
M and Charlotte started their own tradition of making gingerbread houses. Charlotte got to decorate it however she wanted.
We had our annual Pancakes and Pajamas breakfast with Uncle Day Day and Aunt Megumi on Christmas Eve. Charlotte was allowed to open one present, but she wanted to open them all!
After Christmas Eve Mass, we had dinner at Aunt Susan and Uncle Bruce's house, followed by presents! Charlotte had a great time playing with her cousin Brooks and opening gifts.
Charlotte was very excited to learn that Santa and his reindeer would be visiting. She and daddy sprinkled reindeer food on the yard (and she told Sonny "no no" so he wouldn't eat it) and then she left cake and milk for Santa by the fireplace. She would look up the chimney and say " 'mon Santa--cake--milk!"
Christmas morning was so much fun! Charlotte got a roller coaster (which we learned a lesson--don't give the big present first or she won't want to play with anything else), dress up clothes and shoes, and puzzles and coloring books, amongst other things. It was such a sweet and exciting morning for just the three of us.
After opening presents at home it was time to go to Momsie and Pop's for brunch and more presents!
After a nice long nap for us all, it was time for dinner and even more presents at Mama and Papa B's house. Charlotte loved the little table and chairs they had painted for her.
As if that wasn't enough, we had Christmas again the day after with my grandparents and mother's family. It was a really sweet day and since Charlotte is the only baby she got lots of love and attention. Looking back it was all the more special because we didn't know we would lose my Granddaddy two weeks later. I will be forever grateful that we were able to share that special day with him and that he got to know his great granddaughter.
Even though Christmas is tiring and I'm usually ready for everything to go back to normal, this year was a little bit extra special. I don't think I will ever forget it honestly, and it reminded me to never take a single day, holiday or not, for granted.