This Christmas, I felt the same rush of excitement I felt as a child on Christmas Eve. Harper’s first Christmas was so special, but I was even more excited this Christmas. We have a walking, talking toddler now and I was looking forward to seeing the holidays through her eyes.
My in-laws got Harper some wonderful gifts, including this Elsa doll that sings “let it go.”
We also got Harper lots of little felt play food for her kitchen. She loves the Melissa & Doug pizza set!
The rest of the afternoon, we played, relaxed and even snuck in a nap. Harper pretty much wanted to be in her car 24/7 and we took our first outdoor family walk in it before lunch time!
Harper even took Bitty Baby for a stroll…
Lulu mostly chilled on our couch…
It was nice and brisk outside and we went for a walk in our PJs, because, Christmas.
After I woke up from a midday nap, I started to get things together for dinner. Harper ended up napping until 4 o’clock (Christmas miracle?) so the timing was perfect. We set the table and I got to work on the mashed potatoes and green beans. We got a ham from Honeybaked Ham and we also made a salad (a mix of spring mix lettuce, candied pecans, dried cranberries, granny smith apples and a pear vinaigrette).
I was so happy to have one of my best friends and Harper’s Godmother over for Christmas! Candice and her boyfriend made some incredible stuffing and truffle oil mac and cheese. Candice actually used Meg’s recipe— check it out here, it’s amazing!
Dinner was delicious and we just relaxed until Harper’s bedtime. After her longer-than-usual nap, she stayed up a little later than usual and we snapped some family photos.
Consulting an iPhone for a recipe? Ha!
After Harper was sound asleep, we all played Cards Against Humanity. It was the first time for all of us and it had us laughing so hard we were worried Harper would wake up. I also learned my in-laws have an even more awesome sense of humor than I thought!