Before hitting the road for four days of Christmas indulgence, we celebrated our own private family holiday a little early. Regardless of the calendar date, the girls had that Christmas feeling all day as we went sledding at our nearby park, wrapped the last few presents, and prepared some yummy food together.
The girls made each other gifts, ribbon rings to punch up dance party. Elliot wrapped the Princess ribbon for Maya's rings, and Maya wrapped the Tinkerbell ribbon for Elliot's rings. They crafted in secret (with me running the glue gun), and wrapped their gifts themselves. It was sweet to watch them exchange gifts with an equal measure of pride and impatience.
We ended the day sweetly too, tucking them into the car in their jammies, each armed with a sippy cup of cocoa. We drove around the neighborhood looking for the best Christmas lights display until they both fell asleep. They each have a special lights display they beg to visit. We can't get in the car without Maya begging to se the "blinking house," where some enthusiast has illuminated his entire yard and set it all to blink in time with Christmas carols. Elle then immediately shouts, "I have to see my Mickey Mouse." So we head a few blocks over to visit the towering blow-up Mickey, tucked amid several other giant, inflatable Christmas statues.
They are so easily pleased! We kicked off Christmas week with a wonderful little family celebration, and now we're off to beat the blizzard for the expanded
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