Wednesday, December 28, 2011


we started a new tradition on christmas eve. before we headed out to do my step-mom's family thing, addison got to open one present. i labeled it with a heart instead of an "a" like all of her other ones. so she had to do a little hunting to find it.

it was a pair of princess christmas pjs. i figured that since we'd be out late, they would be good for her to change in to and wear for christmas! it's definitely something that i want to continue to do.

so we headed out to do my step-mom's family christmas around 4:30 and we didn't leave until 9. and we still had to go back to my dad's and open presents. so needless to say, it was a long night.

addison had a lot of fun though. my step-mom's niece has two boys and addison is right in the middle of them age wise. so she always loves playing with them!

when we opened presents at my dad's, it got kind of ugly. addison wanted the same presents as everyone else, so she kept getting upset. i blame it on the fact that she was really tired.

when we got home, which was around 11, she had a hard time going to sleep. but after some cuddles, she passed out.

then i got to put on my santa hat. i had gotten the baby doll, stroller, and diaper bag from my dad earlier on christmas eve {they were already wrapped}, so i had to unwrap and open all of that. then i had to take her pink guitar out of the box. then it was just figuring out where to place everything!

i pretty much just stuffed as much in her stocking as i could. and everything that wouldn't fit sat on the floor beside it.

i finally went to bed around 1. i was exhausted.

luckily, addison was too. she didn't get up early or anything. chris came over christmas morning and we both went upstairs to wake her up.

she somehow got turned around in her bed. i honestly don't know how that happens.

chris brought her downstairs and made her close her eyes. she was SO excited to see all of her presents.

after addison got to play some with her santa gifts, we had a yummy breakfast. my granny spent the night christmas eve so she could be here christmas morning, so that was nice. after breakfast, we went and opened all of the gifts that were wrapped under the tree.

addison definitely racked up. i didn't go as overboard as last year, but i still went a little crazy. at least i'm going in the non-crazy direction.

addison's loot included {but not limited to}: bitty baby + stroller + diaper bag; pink barbie guitar; pink hunter boots; 2 pairs of toms {silver sequined from papa and mimi & purple herringbone from friends}; ariel & tangled barbies; clothes {4 shirts + furry jacket + purple coat + white skinnies + denim jacket + 2 pairs of pjs + tights); 2 scarves; mermaid potato head; picnic playdoh; llama llama book; cupcake cake pan; mix & measuring set; animal cookie cutters; candyland; hello kitty umbrella. that's all i can think of. now that i'm listing it out, i realize how much it was. and i'm sure i'm forgetting a few things. goal for next year: go less crazy with presents.

her stocking was full of random things. hello kitty undies + chapstick + nail polish + coloring book + stickers + other things.

yes, my child is spoiled {just like her mother}.

but seriously. look how adorable she is with her baby. and in her new toms. sometimes i wish i could borrow her clothes.

i won't go into much details about what i got from santa, because that just isn't as exciting as what addison got. but i did get some cute new clothes, for work and play. and lots of gift cards, which i'm super excited about using. santa brought me my watch that i have been lusting after {i was planning on buying it with my first check from my internship}. he {or should i say she, aka my mom} surprised me with it early. i'm totally in love with it!

christmas this year was a blast. i'm so glad i got to experience watching addison get excited about everything and tearing into presents. this was the first year that she has really gotten into it, and it was awesome! i'm excited about the years to come. but for now, i'm ready to regain energy from christmas chaos and relax before my crazy semester starts {in less than a week!}