Amelia is so excited that it's Christmas Eve!! I've just loved putting Amelia in all of her Christmas gowns and pjs. Her Aunt Joy bought her this red and white striped gown and my friend Heather gave her these precious socks! I ordered her a special gown for Christmas that she will wear tonight...it's so cute! I'm going to have to do a giveaway for one of these shirts/gowns...they are precious. You'll see pics soon. :)
Is it just me or did December fly by!?? I can't believe Christmas is tomorrow. I'm happy to say that all of my packages are wrapped and under the tree (thanks to Joy for helping me!) I'm usually up late on Christmas Eve wrapping into the wee hours of Christmas morning - which isn't a very relaxing way to start my holiday. Alex had to go to work today but was home by noon...that was a nice surprise! Amelia is snoozing at the moment. I'm about to start baking cookies for our Christmas Eve service tonight. I love our Christmas Eve service. We start at 11:30pm and end right at midnight, Christmas morning! To me, there is no better way to start Christmas day than celebrating my Lord and Savior....THE BEST GIFT EVER!
We had Christmas with Alex's parents and siblings last night. Here's our family picture. Amelia wore a very mod outfit. She wore her first turtleneck. HA! We usually host the Averitt Christmas but it was going to be a little much for me this year, so my M-I-L was sweet enough to do it. I hope to be hosting again next year. I think I will have to start decorating in October to get everything done. (LOL) Having a baby just slows things down a bit. If she needs me, I want to stop what I'm doing and give her my full attention. Nothing is more important than her. I didn't go all out in my decorating this year. I put up the tree, decorated my mantle, sat out a few little things, but NOTHING like what I usually do. And that's okay. :) Amelia did so well yesterday. I had a lot of catering orders to fill and needed to cook/bake for last night...she would eat and then go back down for a nap. Or if she didn't want to nap in her bassinet, she would sit in her bouncy seat in the kitchen and snooze while I cooked. I was so proud of her. :)
I urge you to not stress about the cooking, cleaning, gifts, etc. Enjoy the little things - like time with your family. I know that is what means the most to me this year.
Love to all,