December 30, 2014
We had a wonderful Christmas Eve service at our church. My grandparents were in town, along with my parents and my brother and his wife. Jim led the music and everything about it was great.
The only picture we got of the three(four) of us this Christmas. Luckily it’s a good one 🙂 Now just pretend that we were this put together and well dressed the rest of the week for me, mmkay?
Our service always closes with a candlelit version of Silent Night. It’s always perfect and beautiful and positively terrifying for all the parents of small children.
Abigail kept saying “oh boy! oh boy! I wonder what it is! I wonder what I got!” There isn’t much like a child’s enthusiasm over opening presents to get you right into the holiday spirit. It’s just the best.
So this was Abigail’s big gift from us. And of course it has a story to go with it.
Every time Abigail and I go to Target we visit the toy aisle. She knows we won’t buy anything but she enjoys looking at everything and playing for a bit anyway. Her favorite thing to do is to get a bunch of stuffed animals and take them over to the doll aisle to put them in the My Generation Doll Car. It holds quite a few animals so she really loves it.
(That was an easy Christmas gift decision and one of the first I made. It went on sale around Thanksgiving and with a redcard + ebates and it was like the most cost effective gift ever. Anyway.)
She has had her eye on these two really super random stuffed animals from Target. One is a frog and one is an elephant. They aren’t special characters and there isn’t anything defining about them. For months now she has been talking about taking her piggy bank money to Target and buying these two animals. And the thrifter in me dies inside at the thought of letting my 4 year old spend 9.99 on a stuffed animal. You know? So, I’d been hoping she would forget about it entirely while telling her that we couldn’t buy anything before birthday/Christmas because you just never know what you’re going to get!
SO, a few days before Christmas I snuck out of the house to go get her stocking stuffers at Target and to get her the frog and the elephant(while triumphantly patting myself on the back about how awesome of a mom I am for buying her something frivolous that she really wants for Christmas) Anyway, I get to Target and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that the place looked like locusts had descended on it. There were no carts to be had. There was no toilet paper in the bathrooms. The Christmas section? Gone. The toy section? Absolutely picked over and practically wiped out. The frog and elephant random stupid stuffed animals that no one would normally buy? Long gone.
I. Felt. So. Horrible.
She was so excited about these two animals and I waited too long. Gone went my triumphant back patting.
I called in reinforcements. I left Target and frantically called my Mom to ask if she would please please please be willing to look for the most random stuffed animals you ever saw at her local Target in Phoenix. Of course she was, and a few minutes later when she sent me a text message with a picture of the two animals in her cart? I totally teared up.
So, this face? This is when she realized what she had gotten for Christmas. She squealed and shouted and exclaimed, “I GOT THE FROGGY AND THE ELEPHANT!! AND I GOT THE DOLL CAR!” and she was yanking those animals out of that car before it was even unwrapped and it was just the best thing ever.
In other fun Christmas news, my Grandma brought Abigail the muff and hat that her bridesmaids wore on her wedding day 50 years ago and it was SO precious. Abigail totally ate it up and it was such a special thing for my Grandma to get to share with Abigail.
Then onto Christmas baking! My sister in law loooooves to bake. So she took charge in my kitchen and led the way for the making of delicious cookies and breads.. Of course Abigail was there to help in any way she could, primarily eating and licking whatever was available.
This little lady also scored a new pair of Hunters for Christmas. She says her favorite color now is pink instead of purple, so when it was time to size up, the color choice was an easy one to make. Now all I’m wondering is, where is my pair??
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