Christmas was so much fun this year! Ella really seemed to soak up every moment and loved all the trees, decorations, and especially the lights. I tried to illustrate our month as best as I could, but to be honest I spent a lot of time just enjoying the moments and soaking up all the sweetness our little be had to offer. Get ready for picture overload!
We purchased our tree the first week in December so we could enjoy it for the entire month. Ella loved helping her Da pick it out, and was very excited to help him get it ready to put inside the house. She loved helping us decorate it and absolutely loved when we turned on the lights each night.
We also had the chance to make and decorate Christmas cookies with my mom, Ella's Gigi. She loved it! She helped with the mixing, cutting, and decorating, but I think her favorite part was eating them. Ella certainly loves her ga ga's (galleta is cookie in spanish).
The Sunday before Christmas, Ella woke up with a horrible cold! She has had three ear infections this month(next one and she'll be getting tubes) and her poor little nose was running for two straight days. Please ignore the red face in the pics. Poor girl was miserable, although I think the presents were a great distraction.
On Christmas Eve we had our traditional Christmas celebration at Jose's parent's house with his Mom, Dad, and sister Lourdes. We always have such a special time together eating tamales prepared by Jose's mom, frijoles, y arroz. After dinner, we opened
way too many presents from Abuelita, Abuelo, y Tia. Ella is so spoiled and she loved every minute of it.
Christmas morning we had a wonderful morning just the three of us opening presents, having breakfast, and enjoying our time together. SHE LOVED helping her Da put together her new bike, and we also had a chance to go on a nice walk before heading over to my Mom's.
As you can imagine, Ella had even more presents to open, and couldn't wait to test them all out. My Mom made a beautiful Christmas dinner, and it was so nice to spend the evening with our family.
This was such a special Christmas for so many reasons. I just love every aspect of Christmas, especially the meaning it holds. We are so blessed in so many ways, and felt so fortunate to spend this time with our loving families who support, love, and encourage us every day.
Love to you all, and I hope your holiday was as special as ours.