I hope everyone had a fun and festive Christmas! We definitely did. We decided to stay home in Philly for the holiday (way too expensive to fly anywhere) and enjoy each other. Plus, who wants to drag gifts back and forth? Not me! And since Santa decided to deliver the mother of all gifts for the girls - a Barbie dream house - thank goodness we were at home! Other than the craziness that is Christmas morning, we had a very relaxing and fun weekend.
|my favorite picture of the girls.|
|counting down with their Advent Calendars!|
A few days before Christmas we decided to make Santa some cookies. I was feeling energetic and whipped up some sugar cookies and frosting. Cookies came out pretty good. Frosting....probably should have bought that. You will see why as you scroll through the photos.
|OMG hurry up and cook cookies!!!|
|decorating is serious business|
The final product. Charlotte on the left, Norah on the top and me on the bottom.
|frosting wasn't as thick as I would have liked so it was a bit more like painting. :)|
We also stopped in to see Santa one more time. Charlotte made sure to tell him that she left her list with Jinx if he needed to know what she wanted. Norah told Santa she wanted 1.candy 2.presents 😂😂
|family pic! Love this|
Finally Christmas Eve arrived!! It was also our last day with Jinx. He hid somewhere very cool with a frozen surprise for the girls.....tickets to Disney on Ice!!! Yay!! The first time we took Charlotte she was 2 years old, so we were excited to now take Norah. After breakfast we braved the freezing temps and headed to the show!
|Norah "we're going to watch what?" Char "I think I'm excited?!"|
|a little more enthusiasm on the train. Maybe because it's the train - they love public transportation!|
|family selfie waiting for the show to start!|
|checking out the ice and the zamboni!|
|silly girls making silly faces during intermission|
|a few pictures of the show. not quite the same as being there!|
|having fun on the ride home. It was so cold!|
We got to open one special gift on Christmas Eve - a book for all of us about Harley!!! He looks beyond thrilled to be the star! Thanks Nana we love it!!
|Harley has his own book! he's famous!|
And of course we had to set out cookies, carrots and milk for Santa! I'm sure he was beyond impressed with our cookies this year :)
|counting out a carrot for each reindeer|
|the before Santa and the after Santa|
And finally....the main event....CHRISTMAS MORNING!!! We had two very excited girls. But thankfully neither of them woke us up super early. Norah woke up first around 730am and we all went in and woke up Charlotte. The look on their faces as they saw the gifts and Barbie house and stockings....priceless.
Charlotte had been asking for that house for about a year. She got more and more vocal about the dream house over the last few months. Thankfully she behaved herself and Santa was able to fit that monster in the sleigh. He also managed a Barbie camper too. Lets just hope the girls can share these without too much fighting.
|taking a break from gifts to eat BACON!!!|
Back to the gifts....this time some of Nana's!! We even got to FaceTime Nana so she could see too!! Baby dolls and Barbies oh my!!
|family selfie 😍|
And finally, just like the Disney tickets we tried to focus less on presents (hard to tell from that background) and more on experiences. So we decided to book a ski trip where Charlotte can hopefully take lessons (if she doesn't freak out) and they have a huge indoor water park for all of us to enjoy!
|Merry Christmas Mr H!|
|playing Santa - complete with reindeer and a beard!! This kid!!|
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas too! Happy Holidays everyone!!!