Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas was perfect this year. So many times I reminded myself to take in the moment and breathe it in and lock it away. That's one of the good lessons that cancer teaches you - being aware of trying to live in the moment more often.

My mom spent the holiday with us so it was just the 5 of us. It was wonderful to be with the people I love and spend time just being together. No schedules, no orders, nothing but being in the moment and being together. We were again thankful for the reason we actually celebrate Christmas. The birth of Christ. He revealed himself to me that first night Ellie was in the hospital and I am so thankful for his birth and the sacrifice he made for all of us. Ellie is here with us and we are so very thankful as a family for this amazing blessing.

The other side of Christmas was great too. Ellie and Emma were so happy with their gifts. We are fortunate to give our girls many things and we know better than to spoil them silly but we do like to go a teensy bit overboard. We also spoiled my mom a little this year too. I got her a few Williraye pieces and Steve got her a George Forman grill so she can whip up a nice juicy steak without having to go and turn on the gas grill outside and then we gave her her favorite gift...a new color Nook. It's the latest e-reader from Barnes & Noble and I know she is going to really love it. She reads a lot so this was perfect. She can also borrow library books with it and lend books to me on my Ipad. Glad my mom is so hi-tech and savvy in her golden years.

Steve and I don't like to over do it with each other at all since we both agree Christmas is for the kids but we both gave each other some really nice things. We decided this year to have turkey for Christmas dinner. We were so sad that we didn't have leftovers at Thanksgiving this year (we went away for Thanksgiving) so it was a no brainer to make turkey. Steve actually made it all. He always make a delicious turkey. As we sat to eat in the dinning room, the snow began to fall really hard. It was perfect. I wish my dad were with us but he was there in spirit and I know he is much happier where he is now.

Merry Christmas everyone - I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I enjoyed mine.

Santa was here
Christmas Eve after Santa arrived and the girls were sleeping.

grandma and her girls
Grandma Marilyn and the girls on Christmas Eve

Christmas snacks
Holiday treats!

Sweet Ellie
Merry Christmas from Ellie!

So happy
Surprise! Emma so wanted this jacket but didn't think she was getting it. Love when a surprise actually works out!

Crafting Mama
A new DS game for Ellie. She has Cooking Mama, Gardening Mama and now Crafting Mama.

A new DS
The DS is compliments of Grandma. She was using Emma's old one for a long time and now she has her very own.

3x the fun
Justin Bieber times 3! She is in heaven

Who wants coffee?
Steve adores his new coffee maker!

New Brighton Jewelry!
New Brighton Jewelry for me!

Snow on Christmas
Christmas Day as the snow started to fall.