The last 2 days have been exhausting, and battling to try and get the bactrum into Judith didn't help our stress levels, but we still had a good time and made some good memories as a family.
Christmas eve was more insane this year than it was last year. Judith and I hung out at her godparents' house during the first service, and then we joined John at the church for the 2nd service. We took some pictures before the Youth Chime Choir had to rehearse, and I was pleased that I got a good Daddy/Daughter shot:
I was surprised that Judith didn't fall asleep during the service, even though she was clearly tired. She stayed awake through the whole thing, and overall was well behaved. Once we took her back to her godparents' place and got her into her jammies, she fell asleep and stayed asleep until we were done with the last service and went to pick her up.
Earlier in the day, I was worrying about the weather because they were calling for some mixed precip to fall during the evening and into the night. While we did get a bit of sleet, it was mostly snow and regular rain, and travel wasn't too hazardous for us. The end result was a very pleasant surprise: we ended up with about an inch and a half of snow, and woke up to a winter wonderland on Christmas morning!
Judith was kind to us and slept until 7:30. I would've loved for her to have slept longer since John & I didn't get to sleep until 2, but at least we got 5 hours in, and that's better than nothing. I made cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate for breakfast, which is something I'd like to turn into a tradition. Judith was playing and running around the living room with pieces of her Nativity set; she grabbed baby Jesus, and correctly told us who it was:
Buster and Lady were relaxing along with us (Lady was actually taking a break from chasing the pieces of Judith's Nativity set), and were eagerly waiting for breakfast to be made so they could catch a few handouts:
After breakfast, we opened presents. Judith was able to open most things on her own this year, but she still didn't quite get the whole concept. I think in another year she'll really get it. In any case, she was a very delicate unwrapper this year, and would pull small shreds of paper off her gifts then hand them to us. Silly girl.
Hugs for her new stuffed Minnie and Mickey!
After presents we squeezed in her morning Vest treatment, then headed to my parents' and grandparents' places to do the gift exchanges with them. Judith got a lot of neat things, including a stuffed Daisy:
Now we have half of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters in our house.
Green tinsel garland makes a fabulous boa
My mom made Christmas dinner this year. I feel bad because Judith barely touched the food, even though it was things we know she likes. I'm hoping that by next Christmas, she'll have grown out of this picky phase. Anyway, after dinner we had 2 more rounds of presents. By this time, Judith was starting to lose interest in the whole thing, and didn't really want to nap, either. We ended up helping her open most of her stuff because she was basically done and more interested in pulling the candy canes off my parents' tree:
I felt bad that things were a little rushed at the end, but we knew we had to get her home and put her to bed. It was for the better, because both John & I were exhausted, and my parents were pretty tired after having to do so much at their church the night before.
Overall, it was a good holiday, but we can't wait for next year when she'll hopefully be more into the whole season.