Beginning December 1st, our Christmas elf "Tata" arrived to watch Isabelle and make sure she was a good little girl, because lets be honest, Adelaide is an angel. However, Tata was not a huge success. Isabelle loved him & enjoyed discovering where he had landed every morning, but she did not understand that one had to be good for Tata to report good news to Santa every night at the north pole. Maybe next year!?!? I'm hopeful.
Isabelle loved the hype leading up to Santa but was less than enthusiastic about sitting on the lap of a stranger with a giant white beard in a red suit - I agree, it would be odd. Again next year will be the year she'll understand he's the one who delivers the gifts.
Our family traditions began; we made our first batch of Christmas cookies with our best buddy Niko, had a pajama celebration on Christmas eve & sat by the fire for smores on Christmas Night. Cookie making was fantastic and spread over 3 days; day one, make dough; day two, cut out cookies with Niko & bake; day three: decorate cookies. It was a success and Isabelle is of course a huge fan of icing. Lots of memories. I cannot wait for Adelaide and her new best friend, Niko's sister, Lucija, to join in next year!
Lastly Christmas day arrived and Isabelle was more than thrilled to finally open the hundreds (I kid you not) of gifts wrapped under the tree. She approached it like a job and open all of them! We woke at 7am, opened gifts, stopped for church at 9am, napped after church, unwrapped gifts, stopped for lunch and finally finished after lunch. Isabelle was exhausted and watched the incredibles while Adelaide miraculously feel asleep on the living room floor. So many fun books, toys, clothes, luggage, projects and fun!!!! Love you all and thank you a million!!! We missed everyone so much, but we had plenty to do!
PS - on a side note, not our finest hour, but Andrew & I told Isabelle on Christmas night that Tata had taken her "beita" (her binkie) in exchange for all her gifts. She was a bit upset, but she was becoming unattached anyways, so she understood. Success. We are binkie free!!!
Isabelle Prepared for Presents
Christmas Eve Pajamas