Since I resumed blogging at the end of January, I sort of missed out on all the holidays posts, and now that I am knee deep in inspirations for other parenting/breastfeeding/toddler posts, it’s hard to have to go back to the holidays that happened 2 months ago and do a recap. But. Christmas morning is pretty fun. And there are some fun presents there. And I had the pictures ready. So I just have to do it. It’s the last one, too.
If you ask me what we did on Christmas Eve, I honestly can’t remember. Like I seriously can’t remember whether we cooked, or did take out or how it all looked. I know Lexi opened some gifts, I know we took some photos and the rest is blank. I’ve experience this memory funk since Lexi was born. It’s like my memory is selective and can only hold so much!
So the photos fill in the blanks a little bit and then we’ll go into the Christmas Morning.
Regardless though, we obviously had some family fun and opened presets! Oh I remember opening adult presents- we bought my mom an iPad mini that she wanted so bad but never let us know. Andrew gave me a super cute versatile bracelet similar to the one I have and love but this time it was meant for casual wear which is great. I also got a purple Hobo wallet to match my grey Hobo bag. Andrew got a bunch of personal care items that he wanted and his favorite choice of booze: scotch (there isn’t a better present for him than some new scotch).
The next morning we were all super excited! Alexis came down in her adorable Skylar Luna organic snowman pajamas and ran to the gifts!
The first one she opened was a simple remote controlled car. She loved it and figured out the controller much faster than I thought she would. I loved that she took her time with each present and enjoyed it before we had to remind her that there was more. Unfortunately, this car didn’t last long. When we walked outside to play with it, a neighbor boy ran over it on his bike. Oops!
The Pacific Play Tents house in the picture below was one of the earlier Christmas gift, but unfortunately I later found out that it has fire retardants and the company was not co-operative in specifying whether the fabric is inherently fire-retardant or if they actually spray them on. So I am assuming it’s the latter. It’s a shame because she ADORED it 🙁
The next box was the ROLLER BLADES! She had been watching mommy go rollerblading while daddy bikes and has always expressed interest in them. I bought them specifically to let her experience it, even though she is too small to actually use them. She gets such intense interests, like most toddlers and I feel it’s important to foster them and let toddlers have as much exposure to those interests as we can allow to whatever extent possible at that age.
So when she opened the box and saw that there were roller blades, she instantly jumped up and tried to put them on. I quickly told her that we needed shoes to put them on.
This in the picture below is how FAST she ran to the door to get shoes and back! And then quickly she was on them and “riding”! I don’t really have to describe the joy that was on that girl’s face when she was sliding across the tile! She went a few times up and down the hallway and actually went outside (with me holding her hands of course), but since she kept loosing balance and sliding, lack of control was starting to frustrate/scare her, so she soon wanted them off. We haven’t put them on since then, they are waiting for her to grow up a bit, but every time I go rollerblading, she runs to her blades and tries to bring them to me, just won’t put them on 🙂
The next present was a ukulele. As much as she loves musical instruments, this was not something she was thrilled about. The strings are nylon and didn’t make a lot of sound and the tuner didn’t keep them tight enough. Honestly, it’s the second ukulele we purchased and both had the same problem. I am so done buying them.
The colorful stones in the picture above are from Gonge and are really great physical and balance toys. She LOVED them and still plays with them regularly.
Of course, there were books. She spent such a long time going though the little Disney board books, reading them, asking us to read and stacking them like blocks.
Then the final gift, my personal favorite, was opened and it was a balance beam. She is obsessed with the beam at the gym and this was a great way of having a practice toy at home. Aside from practicing walking on it, she enjoys putting it together.
So I was very happy with all her gifts and I have been very pleased with the amount of attention she still devotes to them.