Monday, December 31, 2012

our christmas

I woke up early Christmas morning & saw the light snow falling outside our windows. I was too excited to go back to sleep so I got up way before Josh & Kennadie. I went out to get our coffee & got the house ready for the day.  

Candles were lit, Christmas lights were turned on, my favorite Christmas music playing softly in the background, & cinnamon rolls were baking in the oven. I sipped on my iced coffee enjoying this time alone- taking in the view of the snow outside, the Christmas presents under the tree, the crumbs left from Santa & Rudolph on the mantle, & waiting for a special little girl to wake up. 
As she walked down the stairs & turned her head to look in the living room, her eyes sparkled with excitement. I am so glad that I was able to capture this moment. 
This year she was really aware of everything going on & it was so much fun to watch her. There are many days where I take a small step back & try my best to soak up everything going on around me- today was one of those days. I wanted to hold on for as long as possible to so many moments today. 

my sister is the best :) 

Out of nowhere one day last year, Kennadie started singing, "They say good night Kennadie, your big is through. But how can I sleep, there is still so much to do." At the time I had no idea where she got this from & then quickly realized it was from Olivia. I will never forget that & when we found this Olivia doll that sings that song, we had to get it for her. Definitely a gift that has a lot of meaning & memories behind it. 
she is in love with anything rudolph...
and princess

She asked to sleep in our bed on Christmas Eve but we still had wrapping to do so Josh told her she could on Christmas night. She was so exhausted from the day & as soon as she got in our bed she threw a toy across the room. I told her if she threw a toy again she would have to go back to her bed. She looked at me, grinned, & chucked another toy. We brought her back to her room & she freaked. For about an hour we tried everything we could to get her to calm down & fall asleep, nothing worked. We left her room to give her some space to cry it out for a bit & not even two minutes later it was silent upstairs. When we went to check on her we found her passed out in our bed. The sneaky little thing ran back in our room as soon as we went downstairs! Although we probably should have moved her back to her own bed, because now in her mind she knew she won this, it was Christmas & she just looked so precious & we couldn't help but laugh about it  :) 

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