Anyway... back to a few weeks ago when Christmas was still something we were looking forward to...
We went to NH Christmas Eve, arrived in time for the early evening mass at church (where MiniM.E. was great despite asking repeatedly if it was over starting after the pre-mass choir), ate tons of delicious food including a super fancy cheesecake from our neighbor, woke up at a reasonable hour Christmas morning and opened a slew of presents (most of which MiniM.E. opened halfway, just to see what things were, and immediately moved on to the next present).
The hilarious event of the day was right after the most exciting event of the day (where MiniM.E. got the puppy in a bag she asked Santa for): Dolly also asked Santa for a present, a giant stuffed horse from Hannaford. Santa came through and the stuffed horse sat "hidden" on the bouncing rocking horse. To make sure MiniM.E. saw it, we said, "Look MiniM.E.! Santa brought the stuffed horse for Dolly!! Do you want us to take it down so you can play with it??" MiniM.E. glared at us and said, almost as if annoyed, "No! That's Dolly's horse." She hasn't touched it yet.
We had a fantastic prime rib dinner. MiniM.E. woke up in the night screaming because it wasn't Christmas anymore, and we spent the rest of our NH vacation playing with new toys and visiting with family. We saw H. & C. on Thursday, my aunt and uncle on Friday, went down to CT to see my other aunt and uncle, their two kids and my grand-cousin(?) Saturday and drove home Sunday.
Here's our week in photos.
|what? we aren't leaving til tomorrow???|
|all dressed up for church|
|traditional Christmas Eve present|
|(pajamas she wouldn't wear)|
|Christmas Eve present #2|
|so excited Santa brought a puppy in a bag!|
|mini xylophone was a huge hit|
|Honey Bunches loved the paper.|
|modeling her new slippers. she will only wear them nude.|
|Happy Birthday Baby Jesus cake|
|presents with H.|
|playing with SÅND|
|Baby L. in CT|
|testing out the baby toys|
|petting the bunny with Uncle Mark|
|our family photo|
And now here we are on day 2 of 2014 watching the snow fall softly outside. Keep warm!