Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

First of all, I'd like to wish everyone a "Merry Christmas!"

We had a wonderful evening last night tracking Santa, going to Mass, and eating a tasty dinner. We let Livie stay up a little later than usual, because we were waiting for Santa to get to North America, in hopes that would help her get to bed right away.

Here we go on our photo journey:

Liv's ready for church.

The table is set with the china.

Liv is served: tacos, beans, chocolate milk.

Dessert: peppermint ice cream in a wine glass!

Andrew was surprised I'd served her dessert this way, but I said it was a special occasion; Livie deserved to have it served in a fun, unusual way! Besides, she has to wait until 2027 before we can fill her wine glass with wine!


Silly Liv!! She's pretending to fly with Santa!

Silly Liv! The Rudolph plush toy is in the reindeer treat bowl!

Putting out cookies right before bed!

The cookies, milk, and reindeer oats are ready for our special visitors!

About an hour after she went to bed, Andrew and I became Santa's helpers (shhhh!). 

Santa was here!

 And then this morning . . .
She was especially excited about receiving Ariel. . .

. . . and the finger puppets! (Daddy's back there looking at his gift.)

Legos from Grandmamá and Grandpapá!
Mama got a few treats in her stocking: a bookmark, a couple "tokens," and a French lavender soap!

Livie made this for Mama and Daddy at school!
Andrew got a Camel Bak "Better Bottle" in his stocking which is "the only thing I want this year." Plus, it was his idea to have tacos and beans, so he got just the Christmas meal he wanted. And we're going to see some movies he's been waiting to see, too. (We're taking Nonno, who's also looking forward to seeing some great movies!)

I also received from "Santa" (a.k.a. Grandmamá and Grandpapá - thank you, by the way!!) the three books I've been waiting to get my hands on: Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea, Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson, and Devil's Gate by Clive Cussler.

So in a couple hours, we're heading to Abuelita and Nonno's house for the week. I hear that Abuelita also has something under their tree for Livie. 

Tonight we're having tacos . . . again! We don't normally get homemade tacos on a regular basis, so we're not complaining that we're eating them a second night in a row! 

I won't have much chance to upload my photos from my camera, so I will probably be on a bit of a bloggy break this week. (Unless I post something without photos!)
I hope you all are having a splendid time with your families and friends!

P.S. I hope Abuelita, Nonno, Grandmamá, and Grandpapá enjoy the photos!


Teresa said...

Merry Christmas! Hope you had a wonderful day!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Loving your collection of photos from the holiday. It's so much fun having a young one at home for Christmas -- enjoy your break! xoxo

Michaele said...

Now that is a perfect childhood Christmas made possible by some pretty awesome parents : )

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Fun times! We didn't have any trouble getting the boys down, but I was so nervous being Santa's helper ;-)
Sounds like good reading!

Sandy said...

Looks like you all have wonderful holidays and i love the collage. I think Liv's Christmas dinner is what I would have wanted. The holidays aren't over yet! ;)

Randy said...

It look like it was a wonderful day! Livie knows how to live it up with ice cream!

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