At Grandma's, Eowyn enjoyed all the music-making Christmas ornaments & toys, dancing & singing to her heart's delight (Jingle Bells is her favorite), the toys Grandma & Grandpa still have-- especially the train set that her daddy & uncles enjoyed-- not to mention all the attention & affection of her aunts, uncles, cousins (first-once-removed, to be precise), grandparents & great-grandparents. She is so well-loved. Christmas Eve we went to the service at Grandma & Grandpa's church, then drove through the local Christmas lights show at the Bristol Motor Speedway (very cool). That night Eowyn opened her customary books & home-made PJs (from upcycled fabric; this year from my old flannel pants...yes I will eventually run out of old jammies, I know). She LOVED her "p'itty p'itty jamas" as well as her new books The Tower of London, Paris, & If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. We adults did our "White Elephant" gift exchange-- Ryan got his prize RC helicopter, I got an amazingly-scented candle & some chocolate. We also opened one gift, this year from Ryan's parents ("Poppy & Grams" to Eowyn).
Sunday morning, we opened our gifts & stockings before heading off to church. Eowyn's wardrobe received a massive increase in cuteness, let me tell you. Seriously, I'm almost jealous. ;) She and I also received digital cameras... mine's an SLR & hers has thumbnail-size resolutions, but hey, in her words "We match!!" I still haven't worked out how to um, work, mine fully... but I LOVE it and am enjoying playing immensely! (Thank you, Babe. =D) The "worst" part of the morning was having to be opening gifts by 8 am (pregnant me does not do mornings so well), but hey, I will not complain about getting amazing gifts with the people I love! :) The Lord was gracious & gave me a reprieve from sickness after we opened gifts, for the whole day! [please excuse the paltry photos here- we have more on my new camera as well as my cousin Kasey's, but they will be forthcoming]
|Note how her necklace is currently a crown. |
A moment before it was dangling on the bridge of her nose as her "glasses."
|Modeling her new nightgown on Christmas Eve|
|Singing carols on the way to church Christmas Morning (LOVE her Christmas outfit)|
Tuesday afternoon we drove down to Greenville, SC, to celebrate a second Christmas with that "side" of the family. This kid is going to think she gets presents for a solid month every December, lol. I'll put up more on the Greenville leg of our trip- all the Ruiz clan get-togethers, the times with the sisters, etc- tomorrow or sometime after my mid-night snack. :) In the meantime here's one of my favorite shots of my daughter perched on my mom's counter, watching the morning, snacking on cereal, and waiting for Nina & GB to wake up. It reminds me so much of my own childhood in this very same house.