Last year at Christmas, Ella couldn’t even sit up. This year, Christmas is much more fun.

We have a (really) tiny little tree up and a few days ago, when pajamas came in the mail for all three of us, I wrapped them up and put them under the tree. For the rest of the afternoon, whenever I left the room, I would hear silence and then a little rustling. I’d pop my head back in and Ella would be carrying her present around. I died a little from the cuteness.

I have firmly put myself into the Princess Nebraska camp of “Some gifts aren’t very exciting on Christmas morning, but they are REALLY exciting on Dec 17th.” So we just went ahead and opened the pajamas last weekend. Ella opened hers first and she was just SO excited about them. And then, she was just as excited when Bart opened his. She stood right next to him and clapped and giggled. I cannot wait for Christmas morning (which, happily, we get to do twice – once in Utah and once in Las Vegas).

Yesterday, because we weren’t planning on hauling IKEA boxes to Utah, we assembled a little table and chairs set we bought her and covered it up in blankets in the living room, with a big bow on it.

Bart took her for a little walk while I did the set-up and hyped her up about it. She came in all full of anticipation.

We took it in to her room and she settled right in to play.

Those people who talked about how magical being a parent is at Christmas time were not lying. Her excitement is making this one of my favorite Christmas seasons I can remember. And we haven’t even gotten to the actual day yet.

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  • Reply Karen December 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    What fun you are having, and what beautiful pictures of Ella. We're looking forward to sharing more of the same with you in just a few days.:)

  • Reply Jeanelle December 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Oh my goodness. I honestly could die from the cuteness of just those pictures! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Reply Carole December 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Do Karen and I share the most sweet & lovely granddaughter or what??

    I totally agree with the fun of being a mom at Christmas. It's one of my favorite times of years and has been for 26 years 🙂

  • Reply Cami and Juan December 20, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I can just imagine her clapping next to Bart, she is the happiest little girl. The table and chairs are perfect for her, so fun.

  • Reply Creole Wisdom December 20, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Oh I can't wait to be a mom!

    She is so cute. I love her smile.

    Have you guys ever heard of Sinter Claus day? It's a German/Dutch tradition I participated in growing up. Everyone in the family leaves their shoes outside of their bedroom doors on the eve of Dec 5th. Then in the night Sinter Clause comes and fills the shoes with small gifts like: oranges, candies, gum, a small book, markers or crayons etc… It's sort of like a prequel to Christmas! I loved it.

  • Reply Merrick December 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Isn't it the best having kids that get excited about gifts? This year has been so much fun already!

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife December 20, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Your daughter is so adorable! How fun to see Christmas through her eyes!

  • Reply heidikins December 20, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Love this, love it all. 🙂 This is my first year really shopping for kids presents, and I can't wait to see how that reaction goes on Christmas morning.


  • Reply Jenny December 21, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I hope I get married and have kids one day. Christmas without kids is pretty dang boring. 😉

  • Reply Emily Kate December 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Oh my heart. She is so precious. And that's the same gift Addie is getting for Christmas too. Assuming Ikea gets it back in stock by Friday like they say because I finally got to a town with an Ikea so I could go and all the table/chairs were sold out (at least in matching colors!)

  • Reply megan December 21, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    It is so fun!!! Can't wait to see her! Love her smile at the table. A small table and chairs have been one of our favorite gifts we've done. Ever.

  • Reply Heather December 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Gorgeous pictures – I can feel her happiness. Christmas through the eyes of your children is extraordinarily magical!

  • Reply Kayla December 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Oh my goodness I love her.

  • Reply Peaceful Reader December 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

    I love the excitement a little one brings to the holiday! As they get older they get a bit more jaded.

    Love the Ikea table and chairs-just perfect and I have to admit I want to see a pajama family photo!

    Are they from Hanna Anderson?

  • Reply Operation Pink Herring December 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I'm excited for Christmas next year. We're kind of ignoring it this year since we're at the stage where Hannah can't even sit up yet. Although her relatives have already sent enough gifts to more than file the space under the tree. (The tree we don't have.)

  • Reply Jillian December 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    SO adorable! And I am SO excited!!

  • Reply Marie December 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I've only met her once, but every time I see a picture she just melts my heart. Is she a lefty?? We need some more south paws in the family! 😉

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