We had a beautiful sunny Christmas in Florida! Throughout the week leading up to the big day, we had temperatures in the 80’s! It was perfect weather for long walks and wagon rides.
On Christmas Eve, I hosted dinner at our house. My parents, my sister and brother-in-law, and Matt’s brother and his fiance were all in attendance for a big meal. And, I mean BIG meal. Because apparently I have a gift for making LARGE quantities of food. I made a whopping 10 pounds of mashed potatoes (can we say overestimated needed amount of potatoes). Thankfully, I was able to use leftovers to make a shepherd’s pie this week. The menu for our Christmas meal included:
Ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn souffle, rolls, green beans, and a broccoli rice casserole.
For dessert we had rum cake, chocolate cream pie and an assortment of cookies from my cookie exchange the Wednesday before. Thanks ladies for some super delicious cookies!
On the evening of Christmas Eve, Jamie bestowed upon us a most wonderful gift…
Jamie pee-peed on the potty! Ha-Ha! Believe it or not, I have had a potty in the bathroom since Jamie was 6 months old and was able to sit-up. I wanted her to see it there and recognize it as something she will use. So, it’s sat there and every time I give her a bath or we are in the bathroom I have her sit on the potty. That night while my sister and I were getting Jamie ready for her big bath before Santa came, I sat her on the potty and Jamie actually peed in it! I took pictures of the said ah-hem pee in the potty, but I will spare you the mellow yellow and keep it for Jamie’s baby book. Think I can get Jamie potty trained by 18 months to avoid two in diapers? Yeah…pipe dream. I thought so, too…
On Christmas morning, Jamie bestowed upon us yet another gift. She slept until 11 am! No joke! I thought for sure something terrible happened, but as it turned out she was just being a very good little girl and letting mommy and daddy sleep in and wake up before getting her out of bed. It was WONDERFUL!
In the morning Jamie opened her presents. Santa brought her an air ball popper, Hokey Pokey Elmo, the Laugh and Learn Purse, and a Leap Frog Fridge magnet game with the alphabet.
Grandma & Grandpa Tow sent Jamie a puzzle, a Fisher Price corn popper, and the Laugh and Learn Home.
Nana and Pawpaw gave Jamie mega blocks, a Gund Peek-a-Boo bear, clothes and puzzles.
Tia and Uncle Amir gave Jamie some clothes and a little vacuum that actually sucks up paper (can we say help cleaning the floors, woo-hoo!)!
Uncle Mike and Jackie gave Jamie a Toy Story horse that makes galloping sounds.
Jamie is in toy heaven! It actually looks like Toys R Us threw up in our living room. Scary. It just won’t clean up as much as I will it to do it on its own. Bah!
PS- those xmas pj’s pretty much had to be painted on to Jamie’s body. It was touch and go there for a while, but my sister and I managed to get them on to her so she could have cute Christmas morning pictures. I know. I’m a sick woman.