Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Feeling the Christmas Spirit

I can't believe we are 10 days away from Christmas!
I feel like I just had the opportunity to blink my eyes from Thanksgiving... And here we are :)

I am growing more and more excited for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning each day!
So many exciting Christmas-y experiences waiting to be had...

Speaking of experiences, I've finally finished B's toy box!


This is a HUGE weight off my shoulders... Literally!

Allen made the comment the other day, as we were moving it out of the studio- because it actually takes 2 people to move(!)- that it would probably be a good idea to limit the number of children that we have, since we'll have to make each of them their own toy box... Needless to say, it's been quite an experience!

Another exciting Christmas experience is our ornament cards (from TinyPrints.com) that we sent out today!
I absolutely love them!

{photo by Beth Tucker Photography}

We were also so thrilled to be able to celebrate Christmas in New Harmony this year. I remember my first experiences sitting on Santa's lap at "Breakfast with Santa," and Brynn got to have her very first experience with Santa at the same place! :)

I was bracing myself for a catastrophic meltdown, since she is not one to warm up to male strangers at all... And she absolutely dislikes being forced to sit anywhere!

She actually made it through fairly well-- only a few tears-- as long as Mommy was sitting next to her.
Oh, and Santa was passing out candy canes, which happens to be her newest obsession... That distracted her long enough to ward off any meltdowns.

We also watched the Christmas parade, where Brynn saw a few familiar faces pass by...

(Great-Grandpa Alsop, Allie, and DJ)
This was such a bittersweet moment for me... Luckily, I was wearing sunglasses so my emotions could stay {mostly} in check. I am so thankful that B gets to spend so much time with him right now...

Overall, I think that B is beginning to understand the meaning of "Santa Claus"... We have watched Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and of course, Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure so far... Add that to the constant exposure to Paw-Paw Wilson's many life-sized versions of Santa all over their house, and you can almost see the excitement in her eyes when she spots a Santa Claus! :)

I am anxiously anticipating waking her up on Christmas morning, and telling her that Santa came to visit our house... I just can't wait to see her reaction!!

9 comments:

Liz @ thequickjourney.blogspot.com said...

I love the toy box!! The stencil is super sweet. I couldn't get either child on Santa's lap this year. Oh, well...

Roz said...

Amazing toy box, absolutely beautiful Emi!!

Kate said...

What a precious gift! I just love how you and Allen made it for B! xoxo

Joeylee said...

I love the toy box!
your Christmas card is to cute!

Blissfully Burton said...

the toy box is awesome! did you paint on the letters or is it a decal? love it!

Kristen said...

The toybox is amazing!! Absolutely beautiful. :)

And that's so cute that Brynn is starting to get Santa!

Natalie said...

You are going to have so much fun at Christmas this year...and the toy box looks amazing!

Lauren said...

The toy box turned out amazing and it's sooo wonderful that you ALL are getting to spend so much time with family. That time is priceless and we all have a limited time on this Earth - any of us can go at any time, some we are just more prepared for than others.

Katie said...

The toy box turned out SO cute! Great job:)