Christmas this year was really special and a lot of fun. It is so much fun to have two little girls to spend it with that are now to an age that they really enjoy it and get into the gifts that we get for them. We decided not to travel for the holidays this year. We welcomed any of our family that would like to come here for Christmas to come. Neal's parents came up for Christmas. While I did miss my family very much it was so nice not to have to pack all that 2 little girls require and take vacation time around the holiday. We had a great 1st Christmas in the home that our girls will grow up in.
We started the weekend with a trip to chuck e cheese. Reese has been begging to go there and we don't know why because she has only been there twice and the last time was 8 months ago. Honestly, we can go there and only spend an hour and just get a few tokens and she can have a blast on little money and not much time spent. They were both worn out too and took great naps.
One of Reese's favorite things right now is chap stick. I love this shot of her putting her chap stick on Ella. She really is a sweet big sister, most of the time.
On Nelson's (our elf on the shelf) last day he brought cupcakes for Jesus' birthday. Reese thought that this was the best idea that he has had all season. They had a lot of fun with Nelson this year and we did too.
This girl is a nut, love her!
Every year we get new jammies on Christmas eve and take a picture in them. This year we took a silly face picture too. Below the silly face photo is a look at our Christmas jammie photo in 2011 compared to 2012, the girls have definitely changed a lot in the past year.
We left some sugar snap peas out for the reindeer (Reese is offering some to Barkley but she wasn't interested) and some cookies and milk for Santa.
Their G Pop made them an awesome kitchen. It even has ice trays in the freezer, a metal grate shelf in the oven, a sponge shelf under the sink and slots for their play plates. I made the drape and Chelsea and I painted the window scene. G Pop is so handy and creative. I think he had fun figuring this out and I know the girls will have a blast with it.
Chelsea got Neal and I a date night, movie tickets and free babysitting. This is a PERFECT gift for parents of a 2 and 1 year old. We look forward to cashing this in.
Reese was very excited about her new baby. This girls loves princesses and babies.
A sweet picture of the girls with their Gigi.
I love this picture from our Chuck e cheese visit. Reese is explaining something very serious to Ella. Ella just sat their and listened to her. Ella loves Reese so much and it is really cute to watch them begin to play and interact together more lately.
We are so blessed to have our precious girls to celebrate Jesus' birth with each year. We had so much fun this year and next year should be even more fun as they both become more aware of the event.