|Zelda last year; Zelda this year|
What everyone said this week
On the airplane on Monday they gave us juice. Jason was giving Ellie her juice.
Jason: "This is cranberry juice."
Ellie, laughing: "We don't eat crayons."
At the Smith family Christmas party, we were in a room with a bunch of my cousins and my Grandma.
Me: "Did you guys see that So and so's pregnant?"
Half the cousins: "I didn't know that!"
Me: "Yeah, she's due in a couple months."
My Grandma to my cousins: "Aren't you on Facebook?"
Our nieces from Texas have been waking up really early this week, usually around 5 in the morning. On Christmas Eve they and Ellie woke up at 5, and the oldest niece Aubrey got all the little girls set up with some cereal. Then at 5:30 am, she went into Nana's (Jason's mom's) room and they had the following conversation:
Aubrey: "Can we go outside and play?"
Nana: "No, it's too early; it's still dark."
Aubrey: "But I'm a rockstar, and I perform in your backyard."
Nana: "No, the sun hasn't come out yet. It's still dark."
Aubrey: "But I'm a rockstar, and I perform in your backyard!"
Ellie's mispronounciations: Reindeer = "Randeer," Escalator/Elevator = "Elelator"
Tiffany's girls (our nieces) are big fans of the movie Frozen. Brynn (her youngest) had her birthday and birthday party yesterday, and Queen Elsa came to visit. (We tried to prep Ellie this week by having her watch Frozen a couple times; she'd only seen it once before and it was a long time ago.) Elsa did lots of things with the girls; all of the following quotes are from her time at the party.
Elsa, reading the girls a story: "And what did Anna ask me? She asked, 'Do you want to build a snowman?"
Ellie (who has been quiet and shy since Else got there): "I just watched that!!!"
Elsa asked if the girls wanted to her to paint snowflakes on their faces, and they all did.
Me: "Ellie, do you want a snowflake on your face?"
Ellie: "Yes. I want it riiiiiight here." (Points to right between her eyes.) "And I want it green."
Elsa: "Okay, now we're going to go outside and play hide and seek!"
Ellie, running to the front door: "I'm going to go find myself outside!"
Outside, getting ready to play hide and seek.
Shelley, to me: "Do the girls even know how to play this game?"
Ellie, leaping out of her hiding spot: "HERE I AM!!!"
We went back inside after the games and Elsa excused herself to use the restroom. A minute later I looked down the hallway and Emily (who's Ellie's age) was knocking on the bathroom door saying, "Elsa, I have to go potty!"
What we did this week
This week has been awesome! It's been so fun to be with family.
On Tuesday we played with cousins at the house in the morning, and then in the afternoon we went to Yorba Regional Park. We played on two different playgrounds and with the ducks, and the girls had a lot of fun. Ellie and Zelda loved going down the big swirly slide; Ellie went down a bunch of times all by herself.
|Nana and Papa's house had a lot of stockings.|
That night, we went over to my dad's house for the annual Smith family Christmas party. It was so fun! We had dinner, the kids did the nativity, and then we had a white elephant gift exchange. Ellie and Zelda were still adjusting to California time, so they both conked out in the middle of the party. Zelda fell asleep upstairs in a pack n' play in Grandpa's closet, and Ellie fell asleep on a couch downstairs (that's why she's not in the nativity pictures).
|Me and my grandpa :)|
|The nativity. My cousin Shelley's baby Emma was so cute as baby Jesus.|
|The "Merry Chsismas" I won in the White Elephant party. My aunt said she found it packaged just like this, with the typo, at Target last year. Merry Chsismas, everyone!|
The next day was Christmas Eve. Nana made lemonade and had a tea party with all the girl cousins who were home. They loved it.
We played a lot that day.
That night was the annual Thomas family Christmas Eve party. It was really fun; my dad came, and all of Jason's siblings and their families, and Jason's grandparents and uncle and aunt. We had dinner and a Christmas message (we watched He is the Gift and sang "Silent Night"), and then Jason's mom gave us all our annual matching pajamas and we took pictures.
|All the boys|
|All the girls (except Zelda, who was already sleeping)|
And then Santa came! He had a couple little goodies for everyone, and then promised to come back later when they were asleep.
|Santa and Jason's grandpa|
On Christmas morning we woke up at Jason's parents' house. The girls were up at 5:30, and so Nana and I took them into the family room and put on some tv shows they could watch until everyone else woke up. Michael and Shelley and Tyler and Sarah all came to the house about 7 o'clock, and everybody else was up by then too. So we opened presents! The girls had so much fun. Zelda got gloves in her stocking, and she loved them. She got one on one hand and walked around showing it to everybody.
Here are Nana and Papa with all their grandkids:
And Nana and Papa with all their kids and grandkids:
After presents we had breakfast, and then most people left to go to the other grandparents' houses. Zelda took a nap, and once she woke up we went over to my dad's house. We opened presents with him, and then the girls played (and Zelda took another nap) and we all hung out until we went to my grandma's house at 3.
|My grandpa is so funny; his name is Leon, which happens to be what you get when you spell Noel backwards. I'm sure this decoration of my grandma's originally said "Noel," but when we walked up the driveway on Christmas this is what looked back at us.|
My grandpa had lots of games and toys set up in the backyard for us to play with. Jason and I played crochet and a couple other things: Ellie played several different things with my cousin Ashley's kids.
|Brooklyn, Ashley's daughter, did some glitter art on Ellie's hand.|
|Zelda's new sport|
We had dinner and got to spend lots of time of my family, which was so fun. It's always great to be back at my grandma and grandpa's house.
That night Jason, the girls, and I went back and spent the night at my dad's house. The girls went to sleep quickly, and then the rest of us ate yummy snacks and watched the Doctor Who Christmas special.
The next morning (very early in the morning) Zelda had a really high fever. She's had a cough for a couple weeks now, with a fever last week that went away but came back really bad yesterday. She's also been doing a couple things that made us worried she might have developed an ear infection. So we left my dad's house earlier than we were planning yesterday morning, dropped Ellie off with her cousins at Nana's and Papa's, and took her to the doctor's yesterday morning; they checked her out and said she's okay, which is great.
That afternoon we had a birthday party for Brynn, who turned two yesterday! Ellie and Zelda got to celebrate their birthdays again too, since they weren't too long ago.
|Here they girls are lined up to blow out their candles, which said "1," "2," and "3" for their ages|
After they ate cake and played for a little while, Queen Elsa came! All of Tiffany's girls and Emily were so excited. They all gave her hugs and were talking to her. Ellie was a bit nervous at first and wanted me to hold her.
First Elsa read them a story (Frozen, of course) and sang songs with them:
Ellie warmed up during story time, and wasn't nervous anymore. Then Elsa painted snowflakes on their faces:
|Ellie wanted a red snowflake in the middle of her forehead, so Elsa painted her a crown.|
After facepainting Elsa took the girls outside and played hide and seek with them and also "Elsa Says" (like Simon Says).
And then the girls took pictures with her.
|All the girls with Elsa|
|Elsa and Aubrey|
Elsa was really great; she interacted so well with the girls, and stayed so long and did so many things with them. She was seriously awesome.
Last night after the birthday party, Jason and I went to Chili's with Tyler and Sarah and Michael and Shelley. We ordered a bunch of appetizers and deserts (and only appetizers and deserts), and had so much fun.
This morning Tiffany's family had to start their long drive home to Texas. They got up really early and were gone before the sun rose. We saw them off and hugged them; we probably won't see them again until next Christmas. :( When I told Ellie this morning they were going home, she asked me hopefully, "And coming back?" No. :(
We've had so much fun this week (we've been to a party every single day!) and have loved spending time with family. Merry Christmas! I hope you had a great week too and are having a relaxing weekend.