I’ve neglected the blog … it’s already Christmas! So here’s a big blog post recapping our Christmas activities this month.
First up … a pretty dress on a beautiful girl by our Christmas tree which Madilyn helped decorate:
Same dress, same day, but by the beautiful trees in the church lobby.
Then …. we got sick. Madilyn and I both suffered through colds earlier this month. Thankfully they passed quickly. Daddy snapped this shot of us recovering on the couch together.
That weekend was our annual Christmas service, for which I sang (or tried to sing) in the choir. I’m on the back row toward the right.
Madilyn got a few early Christmas presents too. This one was from her friend Sydney: a cute pink stuff animal and an adorable Dora and Boots bag. She loved them both.
She also got some nice books and super cute penguin pajamas from a sweet lady at church named Sis. Bobbi.
Meanwhile I put the final touches on Madilyn’s gift – including this monstrous box with her big Christmas gift! No peeking!
Madilyn’s Mother’s Day Out program put on a special Christmas program for parents on Thursday. Jeff took off work to come see his baby girl in her first performance. She and all but two others stood like wooden soldiers … hands in their mouths or noses and didn’t sing or act out a word! They all had stage fright. (They did a repeat performance Friday and they all did a better job, Madilyn included.) We were so proud of her! They sang “Teddy Bear,” “Jingle Bells” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and some song about Mary on a donkey. It was sweet. Madilyn had ornaments and all kinds of things she had made in class for us. We got to make a craft with her – a nativity scene – and have cookies and punch. It was a great day!
That night we headed south of Orlando to the Disney town of Celebration. We saw “snow” falling, had dinner, took a train ride and saw Santa Claus! She loved Santa … it was definitely a better experience than last year.
Friday and Saturday we exchanged more gifts with friends. First Rosa came over and gave Madilyn a baby doll that she promptly named Baby Jesus.
Then the DeVore family gave her a cute Winnie the Pooh puzzle book. She loves it! We had yummy cookies then went to the hospital to meet our new friend, Hal IV born to Tracy and Hal Lawlor … He weighed 8lb 15 oz! A big boy!
Sunday morning Madilyn wore a pretty Christmas dress for our last service before Christmas.
I met them in the parking lot (I was at church early to sing) so I could fix her hair 🙂
After church she decorated a “Happy Birthday Jesus” birthday cake for Christmas, which we took to Mimi’s house for our family Christmas dinner.
Then we headed off to Mimi’s for the afternoon and had wonderful food and fun times with Madilyn’s cousins!
Uncle Gordy and Aunt Pam
Mimi and Baby Dane
She got all kinds of princess stuff, plus a cute outfit, a sleeping bag and a Veggie Tales DVD. We came home and crashed … while Madilyn took her nap, Daddy and I played Santa Claus and set up the gifts. We didn’t have any out before so this was a big surprise for Madilyn when she woke up.
Mimi came over to help us open gifts.
A princess rocking chair from Nana!
Opening the big gift ….
A Madilyn-sized basketball goal!
Playing “spa” with Mommy
Shootin’ hoops …
Finally, we read the story of Baby Jesus from a beautifully illustrated children’s Bible. A good Christmas indeed … and there’s more to come!