we started our christmas day by having a little devotion together, reading the christmas story
this will become a yearly tradition
we've been reading from her toddler bibles a lot lately and she enjoyed listening to the story of Jesus' birth once again today
i want to emphasize the true reason we celebrate is because of Jesus and not just Santa before we opened presents
with so much hoopla this month, it's easy for the big celebrations to overshadow the true intention of the holiday
after our reading and prayer we went into the living room to see if santa had come
she literally gasped when she walked in, she was so excited!
just as last year, she got so focused on playing with things as she discovered them that she forgot their were more presents to unwrap!
these little kitchen toys...mixer, coffee maker, and scale were a huge hit!
they are adorable and she probably played with them for about 20 minutes before she every realized she had stepped over the new trains and train track on the floor
mom bought her a smaller train track and thomas set for an early christmas gift and she loved it!
santa brought this (target brand) figure 8 track with a "hill"
she loved playing with it a long time too!
her new train from the thomas line is the "rosie" battery operated train
some of the others are just off brands that fit the tracks and some thomas trains she already had
after some play, she looked over to realize santa had eaten the cookies and drank all of the milk she left for him
he also left a note for her
we quickly went outside to see if the reindeer had eaten their carrots and they had!
magic was in the air!!
after about an hour, she finally spotted the box she thought may be her belle doll
she was right!
she loved her kissing simba & nala set!
they are so cute!
she got an elefun game
she had fun re-doing belle's hair with her new princess hair accessory kit!
this was a miniature lion king set
don't all kids love playing with tiny items??
she mixed in her lion king characters with her new set of wild animals
she really loves role playing with them!
it was a truly wonderful Christmas morning
mom came over and enjoyed some breakfast snacks with me while we watched molly open presents
we were able to relax and take our time all morning together
it took her about 3 hours to open everything just because she stopped and played with everything as she opened it
i remember that from last year too and tried to scale it back this year because it just doesn't take a lot to make a little one happy on christmas morning
but, as the season went on i seemed to keep adding things to her list
it's so hard to practice restraint!!!!
now we are getting ready for an early bedtime in order to have a good nights sleep before tomorrow morning when we will have breakfast and gifts with eddie and his family!
the madness continues!!1