Christmas Extravaganza

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Partly just busy with Christmas and then my parents flew in for a visit, plus I also had a hard drive fail that slowed me down even further. But now I’m back in business! I thought I’d do a big dump of Christmas stuff, and then I have some more posts in the pipeline…

For a little while, I was nervous that Andrea wouldn’t have many presents to open under the tree to open, since Santa was bringing her the princess dollhouse castle, and Paul and I just had a couple other things for her (a cheap camera and the Holiday Barbie that she asked for). But between our extended family and a few little things I picked up, she was totally spoiled. She got princess stuff galore of course, and my parents surprised us all with a ride-on Jeep for her!

This year, she really understood everything, and Christmas was so magical for her. She was obsessed with Rudolph and “his reindeer friends”. When she woke up on Christmas morning, the first thing she wanted to do was go see if Rudolph had eaten the reindeer treats she left. What a sweet girl. 🙂

Here are some highlights from Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, and the following days…

She was an angel in our church’s Christmas Eve performance. She was super adorable and sang Away in a Manger with all the kids. This picture cracks me up though – when everyone applauded she covered her ears. (She doesn’t like loud sounds.)
She covered her ears when everyone applauded their performance. (She's a little sensitive about loud sounds.)

When we got home, we made sugar cookies for Santa. Andrea put on her reindeer antlers to help me.
She put on her reindeer antlers to help me make cookies for Santa.

We put out the cookies and milk for Santa, plus some reindeer food on the special “Reindeer Treats” plate they made at school.
Here are the treats we left for Santa and his reindeer.

Here’s what Santa left…
Santa brought Andrea the

Looks like Santa and the reindeer enjoyed their treats!
First thing Christmas morning, Andrea wanted to go downstairs

One of my favorite pictures from Christmas morning… I love the look on her face!
Love this look of awe as she opened a dress-up Cinderella set

I love this sweet smile with Daddy as she shows off the new robe she got!
The new robe Mommy got her

Andrea loved the princess castle and princess figurines that Santa brought. She insisted on putting on her Christmas dress, since it was Christmas Day after all, duh. 😉 Then she played around the house all afternoon with her little princesses. We could hear all the princesses having conversations with each other from the other room (stuff like “Oh, hi! Would you like to go to the ball with me?” / “Sure! Let me find a new dress to wear! Are we going in the carriage?” / “I need to go to the Royal Sewing Room. I’ll be right back.”) It was adorable! In this picture, she brought a bunch of them into the living room and they were all at the royal ball together (on her booster seat for some reason).
Andrea wanted to wear her Christmas dress, since it was Christmas, even though we were just home playing. Here all her princesses are at a ball.

First time on the new Jeep! (She rode it around the garage because it was too cold outside.)
She loves driving!

Getting some more practice on the Jeep a couple days later.
Riding her Jeep in the church parking lot.

We went out shopping with my parents while they were here, and Andrea saw this Rudolph stocking in one of the Christmas clearance sections and just HAD to have it. It sings the whole song of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and of course, we heard the song over and over again for the rest of the week. It’s ridiculously annoying, but she’s so cute, I put up with it, barely. 🙂
Hugging on her Rudolph stocking. It plays the whole song of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which we've now heard about 470000000 times in the past three days.

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