We hosted Christmas Eve this year. But, before the festivities began, we headed off to church. Through all the chaos I completely forgot to take a sister shot in front of the tree. Dumb, dumb, dumb. I did, however, manage to get a quick mommy and Abby photo before we headed out the door.
Ella's fabulous "party shoes." She has been dying to wear them all Fall.
After church our guests arrived and the fun began. Rumor had it that Santa would be arriving shortly after 7:30. Here we are patiently waiting and waiting and waiting.
More waiting and inspecting the presents under the tree.
Ella has a visitor at the door. Her look is of pure joy. Poor Abby was deep asleep; and besides, she isn't quite a fan of the big man yet.
Santa Claus and my awesome wreath
Still in shock and pure wonder.
Santa brought over some goodies for the family. Ella got a lobster lollipop and puzzles, mommy got a cake pop, and daddy got some books. Santa was very funny and had an unusual accent.
Christmas morning came bright and early even though Ella slept till about 7.
We started in the TV room opening our stockings. Ella was more than thrilled with her Tiana ornament, princess underwear, and Daisy Duck stuffed animal. Abby was thrilled with her bubbles.
Abby's molars were bothering her so she was slow to wake up and needed some extra TLC. But doesn't she look darling in her nightgown?
All girls need a pirate's ship!
Abby's favorite~ dolls! She is a nurturer.
The aftermath. Oh my.
Then we went to grandma and pa's to exchange more presents.
Ella was fancy in her new headband and new dress.
And Abby was sweet as can be.
A dolly for Abby
And a family photo!