Amara and I had fun getting ready for Christmas. We did fun things together like wrapping presents, decorating the Christmas tree, making green and red pre-Christmas pancakes and decorating a gingerbread house to use as a centerpiece for the Christmas dinners. Most of this was done while listening to My Little Pony music but it was worth it. We were ready!
Christmas Eve finally arrived. The plan was to have a wonderful dinner, open presents and then have coffee and dessert! Amara is lucky to have all of her Grandparents close by but it does mean they have to plan their holidays to include everyone and it can and does get a little hectic for her parents. Having them here on Christmas Eve means that “we have them first” so they aren’t burned out, exhausted or full yet. It also means we get to experience special things like watching Amara give her parents the beautiful Christmas ornament she made for them in class. She held it very carefully as she handed it to them. It was the first gift to be opened and may have been the most special! The craziest gift had to be the Christmas socks that Jenna got for Justin. They were decorated with Christmas lights and they matched her nails perfectly. Who knew you were supposed to match your nails with your husband’s socks? If Grampy mostly wears white socks, does it mean I can continue to go without polish? There were many other great gifts. We had fun opening everything and Twiggy had a blast playing in all of the wrapping paper. The other 2 cats were wisely off hiding somewhere. Twiggy also sat on the kitty kondo watching us eat Jenna’s yummy dessert when we were finally done with our presents. It was a wonderful evening but there would be more.
Christmas Friday Fred and his parents came for turkey dinner just as they did last year. Just like last year I had gotten Amara and Fred some Snow in Seconds and just like last year we had beautiful 80° weather for a snow ball fight. This year we had it out front on the driveway and in the grass. Amara had hoped the girls across the street might be home to join us. They weren’t but the granddaughter of our next-door neighbor was outside helping her Grandpa do some gardening and she couldn’t wait to join us. She had so much fun and so did Amara and Fred. The kids had the most fun chasing the grownups! I had a camera in my hands so I was safe but there was snow on the roof of my car and in my plumeria pots. It is still mostly there today! This is not a paid endorsement — the kids really love this stuff!
There was one more post-Christmas dinner and that was Sunday night. Our good friend Mo had brought us a huge plate of homemade tamales. I love tamales and so do Amara’s folks! So they joined us for a casual dinner and it was delicious! Amara had leftover turkey. She hasn’t acquired a taste for tamales yet but that was OK – more for us! She spent the night with us and we watched Smurfs 2. I liked it better than The Smurfs but Grampy and Amara disagreed. But then they had both really liked the first one and I hadn’t. It was fun regardless because we were watching it with Amara.
Monday morning we had donuts and I helped Amara set up a Shutterfly account so that she could learn how to make calendars! She loves the calendars that I make each year and she thought it would be really cool to make calendars for a couple of her friends! I had a blast showing her how to load her images, pick her layouts and her backgrounds and to add some text. It will be the first ever My Little Pony Calendar!
What a wonderful week of Christmas fun we have had.