We celebrated Thanksgiving with my mom's side of the family this year. It was great to see everyone! My husband was thrilled to be part of the photo shoot for my mom's Christmas card this year as well.As soon as we returned from Lansing, we put up our trees. Jason had put the outside lights up a few weeks prior to take advantage of the warm weather, but we typically wait until the Sunday after Thanksgiving to put up tour trees. Emma enjoyed it more this year, but was also a bit busier. She was unpacking ornaments faster than I could put them on the tree!
Only a few ornaments have broke and I am the only one who has knocked the tree down so far. Nothing like putting half of the ornaments back on at 1:30 in the morning after tipping it over twice while trying to put freshly wrapped presents under the tree!
The weekend after Thanksgiving we jumped head first into the Christmas festivities. We had a party with my mother-in-law's side where Mrs. Claus (aka Grandma Klein) came to visit. Last year it didn't go so well, so this year I prepped Emma a week before hand. I told her Mrs. Claus is a nice lady and if you be good and sit on her lap she will give you a present. It worked so well that when Mrs. Claus came out to read a story to the kids before passing out presents, Emma ran to her and sat on her lap right through the entire story!
She loves the new doctor kit she received and went right to work on Aunt Jessica.
Almost two weeks later Emma had the privilege to sit on Santa's lap at one of our favorite stores, Ecobuns. He even gave her a book to take home. She loved it!The upcoming weekend promises more chaos with celebrations on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. I truly look forward to the time spent with family and friends. Let's be sure we never forget the true reason for the season!