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Christmas Morning 2011

Posted by: Maggie

NOTE: It’s the last day of January so I better get these Christmas posts done already! I’m going to stop writing about how terrible I am at blogging while pregnant and just let you all complain about me yourselves. Please do, I deserve it, I am a terrible bogger!

Christmas morning Eleanor woke us up excited to find that Santa had indeed come just like we said he would, and had even eaten the cookies and drank the milk we left out for him! Eleanor very impatiently waited for Josh and I to clean ourselves up a bit, and get my camera ready, before ripping into her gifts.

We didn’t go crazy this year. She barely plays with most of the toys she already has, preferring instead to build castles out of pillows and blankets and couch cushions. So we just got her a few things we thought she would like. Including a box of legos, which I’ve seen her have fun with at school. Unfortunately, she has barely played with them at all at home.

We also got her talking Ferb & Perry dolls (from her current favorite Disney show Phineas & Ferb). We had bought her a Phineas doll at Disneyland as her one souvenir she was allowed, and since then she had complained that she did not have a Ferb or Perry to go with it.

She got some cute pink kids headphones, because she sometimes wants to sit and watch a show on one of our iphones instead of on the tv, and we thought it would be nice if we didn’t have to listen to what she was watching.

She was pretty amazed by them.

And lastly, Santa brought her, the thing she had been telling us Santa was going to bring her,  a DINOSAUR! That is almost as big as she is. It’s pretty cool. Or at least Josh and I think so. Unfortunately, she explained to us, Santa got it wrong! He was supposed to bring her a REAL dinosaur that would crush our house!

Since we’re poor, Josh and I limited our gifts to each other to $30.

I got him this super nifty little wooden earbud holder from the etsy shop Acoustic Design so that his cords don’t get all tangled in his bag while he’s not using them. He got me a 2 year subscription to Vanity Fair! Sorry no photos of me. The ones Josh took were a little too blurry to use.

After present opening we had a special Christmas breakfast of cinnamon buns and chai tea! Delicious!

Christmas dinner with the family up later today!

Christmas Eve 2011

Posted by: Maggie

I swear I’m going to get all my holiday posts up before January is over! I’m working on it!

Christmas Eve was about the same as usual. We went to my Dad’s place where he had all the extended family over. Baby Jack, as Eleanor always calls him, not just Jack, always Baby Jack, seemed a little overwhelmed by all the people and things to look at.

In the middle of dinner we were surprised by the choir from a local high school. My aunt had hired them to come and sing some carols for us. They were actually pretty good. It was kinda cool!

The extended family took off after dinner and our white elephant gift exchange. Once everyone had gone we opened our gifts. My brothers got their usual matching shirts, which is always pretty funny when we get to the third brother opening the same thing. I wonder what it will be!

Maria and I also got some matching t-shirts too.

Even Baby Jack opened some gifts. He was pretty excited about the wrapping paper.

It had gotten pretty late by the time we were done, and Eleanor passed out before we left. We got her home and straight into bed. And even though she was asleep I still managed to remember to put out some milk and cookies for Santa!

Christmas morning will be up tomorrow (probably)!

Hanukkah 2011

Posted by: Maggie

Continuing with my late recap of the Holidays…the weekend before Christmas we celebrated Hanukkah with Josh’s family. We were actually celebrating early since Hanukkah started so late this year. We hosted the usual dinner at our place. I made regular and sweet potato latkes. The sweet potato ones were super tasty.

After dinner we exchanged gifts.

Josh and I along with his sister and sister-in-law Jenny got Josh’s dad an album of photos from their childhood, from their parent’s wedding through Josh and Beth’s graduations from high school. It was a project that I had been working on for literally years. I’ll dedicate a post to the album and the enormous project that it was later.

For now, I’ll say that Josh’s dad loved it.

We also made an album for Josh’s dad and step-mom of their wedding that I shot last year. They hadn’t gotten around to ordering an album from me and the day after Christmas was their one year anniversary, so I decided that I’d just choose their images and album design for them! Luckily they were very happy with it!

Eleanor also got some gifts that she was very happy with.

Christmas Eve with my family is up next!