Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas

Christmas was wonderful this year. As my friend Jennifer said, it was so fun to watch our girls believe in magic and experience the joy of giving. Afton's whole-hearted belief in Santa Claus made me feel like a child again. She was just as enamored with the Baby Jesus and really seemed to understand the excitement of His birth.

My mom and step-dad stayed with us all week. My sisters came in town too. Together we made Christmas cookies, fudge and wrapped presents. Afton could hardly wait until Christmas Eve.

The snow on the 24th made for the perfect White Christmas. Our families joined us for church services at Whites Chapel. Then we all gathered at our house for Christmas Eve dinner. Jeff made fajitas, enchiladas and I baked sopapilla cheesecake. The blizzard sent Jeff's parents home a bit early, it took them 3 hours to get to Aledo. But on the whole, the snow was fun!  Santa even dropped by for an early visit and brought Afton a shiny sliver bell for her bike.

On Christmas morning, Jeff and I actually had to wake Afton up at 7am. She was so tired from the night before, it took a few minutes of coaxing to get her out of bed. Then when she realized it was Christmas morning, she ran down the stairs. Santa brought her a doll house and pink camera. She loved all of her gifts. The camera is my favorite, it's been funny to see the things she takes photos of. I will have to post some later this week.

I got some great gifts too. New dishes, work out clothes, gift cards to Macy's and Nordstroms, new nutcrackers for my collection, Smashbox eye shadow, and an Edward doll!

We ended the day with a trip out to Frisco to celebrate with Jeff's family. There were 3 babies celebrating their first Christmas, which was adorable. And Jeff's grandparents were here to celebrate too. They have been married forever and are a wonderful example of love and respect.

It was a Christmas full of so many blessings.

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