Christmas 2013 was magical for our two little girls.
This year we decided to stay home rather than make the usual long drive to see extended family. It was so restful and exactly what our family needed. Although we missed seeing everyone, we we were happy to have a peaceful Christmas at home. We filled the time together with laughing and playing. Here is a run down of all that we did during the holiday.
To start the Christmas season Mike and I arranged for a baby sitter so we could go on a date to the University Christmas performance. The highlight was a couple who have been playing piano duets for 35 years. They moved as one. It was awe inspiring. (I just had to include a video, but you might want to skip to the more fun tubing videos below).
The holiday for the kids started with a trip to the library so we could stock up on Christmas books and movies.
We made a gingerbread Santa Claus with four Rudolfs!
After setting out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer we went to bed under the tree (Kaiya says Santa has magic powers to keep everyone asleep while he makes his deliveries).
Kaiya woke up once at about 3am and discovered Santa had already come. She was so excited and was earnestly waking everyone up. She was very good to listen to us when we said she needed to wait until sunrise.
Hannah was the first to wake up in the morning. Mike told her she could only look in her stocking and wait to open her other gifts after Kaiya and I woke up. We were shocked with how patient and obedient our girls were on this very exciting morning. We were also very impressed with how grateful and enthusiastic they were with all their gifts. They loved everything they received and loved giving their gifts to Mom, Dad, and each other just as much as receiving their own gifts. It was truly surprising. Who knows how many more Christmases will be this easy! The morning was calm and peaceful because the first gifts they opened were “magic” coloring books that kept their attention for almost an hour! I played the piano while Mike snoozed on the couch until the girls were ready to move on to the next gift. Great job Santa that was a hit! Hannah’s next favorite gift was chewing gum in her stocking. The wonderful simplicity of kids at this age. :)
Kaiya’s favorite gift was her beautiful new Christmas dress and an umbrella.
They also loved the Fairy house they received from their cousin Abby.
At lunch we went to a cookie party at the neighbor’s house and delivered gifts to friends, including a brussel sprout tree to our friends the Johnsons.
The next day we went for a winter walk and found an icy pond to play on.
We went to Snowhaven our new favorite local ski hill. It is only an hour and half away and $25 for a full day of skiing and tubing! (5 yrs and under free) We stayed at the “Superb 8″ which was recommended by a friend. The girls loved the pool and hotub.
Mike and Hannah spent the entire first day tubing. Hannah loved every run and never seemed to get tired or cold. She just wanted more and faster! She loved the jump and trying to pick things up off the slope on the way down.
Hannah’s reaction was this excited each time! This is a great video:
They went tubing from 11am – 4pm! Unfortunately Kaiya was sick from swallowing chlorine in the swimming pool the night before. She and I spent the afternoon resting in the hotel.
Kaiya learned her lesson… she can’t “breathe” under water.
The next day Hannah tried skiing. She spent the morning with ski-instructor Mom and the afternoon with ski-instructor Dad.
By the end of the day when Kaiya wanted to try going really slow, Hannah felt she could be the instructor.
Back at home the girls and I had a great time with another Christmas gift – Shrinky Dinks.
We took the girls to see their first movie in a theater this holiday. It was so fun to hear them laugh and cheer out loud in the theater. At the final climatic kiss scene Kaiya yelled out “Whoo hoo!” As we were walking out a women said our girls excitement made the movie for them.
It was a great Christmas, and like our girls, we look forward to next year!