The Christmas holiday has come and gone. The end of the season is such a bittersweet time for me. I have so much anticipation for Christmas and look forward to it for so long. I also love the excitement and hope that comes with a new year. The festivities all month long are so wonderful! I especially loved experiencing Christmas as a mother. Everything changes when you have children. Instead of experiencing things for myself, I'd almost rather watch Kayla experience them. The joy that she brought into our home this Christmas certainly didn't disappoint! It was full of "Ooohs" and "Ahhhs" from our sweet little girl. We took lots of photos, so let's get to them!
|Mommy and Kayla in our Christmas outfits!|
|The Magic of Christmas|
Brett brought home these funny Shrek ears after the cast of the Shrek Musical came on his morning show. They looked so funny on Kayla! Oh, and she loves the empty ice cube trays. :)
We had originally planned on going home for Christmas, but a lot of things didn't work out to let that happen. Gratefully, my Dad decided to come down and spend it with us. We were so excited and happy to have Grandpa Kelly here with us for all the Christmas festivities! Kayla was a bit hesitant but she warmed up to Grandpa pretty quickly.
|Picking up Grandpa from the Airport|
The day my dad came, we did a bit of last minute shopping, which was crazy! Afterwards, we came home and had a yummy salmon dinner and then headed out to Hidalgo to check out the Christmas lights with Dad.
|Cinderella, Prince Charming and their castle!|
|Hooray for Action 4 News!|
|I love this!|
On Christmas Eve, Brett had to work the afternoon, so we just barbecued up some burgers for lunch. It was such a beautiful day that we decided to eat out on the patio.
On the evening on Christmas Eve, Dad, Kayla, and I walked around the neighborhood looking at all the Christmas lights. Kayla loved them. She really is such a precious and happy child. We watched the MoTab Christmas Concert on PBS that evening. It was so wonderful and really brought the spirit of Christmas.
|We had Christmas nachos for dinner!|
Here's a short video of her coming out to see her presents.
Kayla got this little scooter from Santa. Its so cute. It plays lots of different songs. She loves scooting around on it. She was pointing to it excitedly when we brought her out to show her the gifts. She's been riding it ever since!
We made a delicious Christmas dinner after I took a nap. We ate dinner outside again. It was so perfect! Kayla was asleep when we first started dinner, but joined us later. She loved the ham, potatoes, rolls, and yams.
We all received some wonderful gifts! Here are pictures of a few of the gifts.
|Dad got a new suit for Haley's wedding from Santa!|
|Grandpa gave Kayla an Elmo book and doll.|
Brett does the best Elmo impersonation though!
|Brett got new scriptures from Heather and Dad|
|Grandma Betsy gave Kayla this cute guitar|
|Grandma Jean and Grandpa Tom gave Kayla the Little Mermaid|
|Brett modeling some of Kayla's new clothes :)|
|Brett got me this beautiful painting of the Savior!!|
|We gave Kayla a Christmas bath complete with bubbles.|
This is her with the Santa beard we made. :)
Brett headed back to work that evening around 8:00 while Dad and I watched a Christmas movie. I again headed to work the overnight shift right before Brett got home. It was a wonderful holiday and we were so so blessed. Until next year, Merry Christmas!