You can go ahead and put this one down in the books as the best Christmas ever. Lyla is at the perfect age to understand the whole Christmas thing, and every bit of it was so fun. Getting out the Christmas decorations, reading the Christmas books, talking about santa and presents, and Jesus and why we give those presents. Experiencing it all with our little girls brings all that bright eyed amazement right back to me.
Ryan's family came into town on Monday afternoon, and as always, it was great having family in town for the holiday! We watched Christmas movies, made gingerbread men, drank champagne and went to Target an average of 3 times a day. On Christmas Eve we followed our traditions of going to our church's Christmas Eve service, followed by bagels and lox for dinner and everyone opening one present. The hands down best part of the night was Lyla singing at church. She was putting on a full blown performance, singing her guts out, just whatever words popped into her little head. Everyone within 3 rows of us was thoroughly entertained by the crazy little beauty. This was also the first year since I was little that we left out cookies and milk for Santa before Lyla went to bed, and left the empty dishes for her to find in the morning.
On Christmas morning Lyla came straight into our bedroom and asked excitedly "Is it Christmas?!" It was pure sweetness, and thinking back to that tiny girl standing in the dark in our room, and getting to say "Yes! It is!! Let's go see if Santa came!"...that was a moment I could live in forever. She immediately checked if he ate his cookies, and was so excited he had. The whole thing was just almost too much for my heart to handle. Best ever.
We had so much fun, Lyla and Evie got beyond spoiled and are loving all their new toys. I think my personal favorite is the microphone Lyla got, which has resulted in so many amazing impromptu karaoke sessions. I swear L will be some kind of performer some day. The girl's got some confidence.
Hope you all had a MERRY Christmas too!!