Joel could not have reacted better to his gifts, and got downright teared up when he opened the picture I took at the beach this summer and had stretched on canvas for him. (But I didn't tell you that.)
Amarra was in total shock that she actually got the remote control wall climbing spider she's been asking for since October. (Little did she know I bought it in July!) She love love loves the flamingo apron mama made her, too, and has been eager to help out in the kitchen to get an excuse to wear it!
Elora is always so much fun to give gifts to, she is so so grateful. She did not expect to finally get her very own violin along with her very own lessons! Talk about one proud girl! She got all teared up when she opened her very own Bible from Mimi and Poppop and could not love her little Blythe doll more.
Seleia..my big girl got a violin, too! A full size, grown up violin with a professional shoulder rest just like she wanted! I've actually had to cut her off from practicing a few times since Christmas so she can get some other things accomplished! And she squealed with delight that mama made her her very own sweater sleeve leg warmers!
And me? I got the things I wanted most: books and dates! I told Joel I wanted "twelve days of Christmas". One in January, one in February, one in March...and so on. He wasn't quite sure how to wrap that up, so I got some rockin' coupons for dinners at some of my favorite restaurants, a trip to the beach, some plays. Perfect! And the time,thought and love that went into them? Even better!
Then we enjoyed the rest of our day...played with new goodies, ate too much, listened to good music, the whole shebang. We missed our far away family, but other than that it was just perfect. Could not be more blessed.