Mia was REALLY excited to decorate the tree this year. Luckily, she and I had plans to meet up with some of my girlfriends for a day of Christmas shopping so that we could let the tree warm up, drop branches, and take up some water before we started the decorating process. By the time we got home that afternoon, it was all ready to go. She promptly started opening the ornaments boxes and putting ornaments on the tree, which we had to then delay in order to put the lights on the tree! Nonetheless, it was a fun night of decorating. So far, she's been pretty good about leaving it alone, which is also nice.
Excited about the star!
On Sunday, we spent part of the afternoon at the Como Park Conservatory with my old college roomy, Katie, and her friend Jaime. The sunken garden is full of poinsettias - it was beautiful. We couldn't resist grabbing a few quick shots (Mia was only so cooperative..)
|Smiling for Katie to take a photo...|
Smiling for me (She's saying arrh!)
We also gave her The Elf on the Shelf book (and elf, which she named Ellie) this year so that we could start the tradition of Ellie the Elf 'watching' her during the day, flying back to Santa to report whether she's naughty or nice, then coming back before Mia wakes up and usually getting herself into some sort of mischief. Here's where Ellie ended up the first night:
We have LOTS of ideas from Pinterest - most of which are way more work than is necessary at this stage. Mia just likes finding her in the mornings, so she doesn't even really care what the elf has supposedly been up to (ie last night she got into the wrapping paper and wrapped herself up like a mummy). It's been fun so far and it's been a nice reminder for Mia to "be nice," which she is constantly telling David and I to do (usually when we're scolding her about something...evidently she and the rest of the girls at daycare hear this frequently...).
She is also excited to have her Fisher Price nativity set up to play with - here's a video of her playing with it last night...
This weekend we have family in town and are trying to fit in all of our holiday fun as it's the only weekend David has off the entire month besides Christmas! We're taking Mia to Disney on Ice and the Holidazzle parade, doing some flower girl dress shopping, and I'm hoping to do plenty of baking and addressing Christmas cards! Hope you're enjoying your holiday season!