I also wore my chapel veil for the first time. I really liked wearing one. My only caveat to that would be that I really liked wearing it WHEN IT STAYED ON! Having little ones seems to make wearing a veil at Mass quite the challenge without super glue. However, Cam over at A Woman's Place... recommended buying one from Veils by Lily with a comb sewn in which should make it much easier to keep it in place. I've already ordered one and hope it arrives soon.
Anyway, Mass was beautiful. I was especially touched by the homily. After Father reminded us of the reason for Christmas, he ended his homily, "I love you. God bless." James and I were both struck by this. How often do priests tell their parishioners that they love them? Neither of us could remember having heard it before.
After we got home, everyone had a snack as we'd had a big, late lunch earlier, and then helped put the ornaments back on the tree that Elizabeth had pulled off earlier.
Then we got the girls to bed and got busy putting out the presents and filling the stockings.
(Now, I moved the nativity to the far left where the Advent wreath was and the wise men are slowly working their way from the far right end of the counter towards the stable. )
Maybe we went a little overboard this year. lol.
Elizabeth absolutely loved her car. (I am so proud I got it completely for free! Who knew entering all those Pampers diapers and wipes codes could be so profitable!) She is definitely not ready for her license yet. She has already run over me. Fortunately she has avoided Teresa though.
Cecilia had outgrown her Hello Kitty pajamas and so was thrilled to get a larger replacement.
As she does some schoolwork at our co-op, it was time to get her her own backpack.
Now, all my girls love playing dress up. And Cecilia loves dinosaurs. I had trouble getting her out of a friend's dinosaur costume at a play date. So when I saw a costume of her favorite kind of dinosaur, it seemed like a good fit.
Both older girls got Super Mario pajamas.
Each of the older three got a set of plastic animals. We had farm animals, but nothing really beyond the barn. So now we have some ocean ones, jungle ones, and safari ones.
We have had a play kitchen since Cecilia's first Christmas but, well, with 4 little girls, we thought it would be nice to get something a little larger that multiple girls could play with at once without climbing on top of each other. Felicity is our exquisite chef, so her big present was the upgraded kitchen. (We will be donating the old one.)
So each of the older three girls also got some play food to share in the kitchen. From the basics to ethnic foods, they are ready to serve you!
Elizabeth is a huge Wallace and Grommit fan, so I had to get her a plush Grommit.
Felicity also got some additional play cookware for the new kitchen.
Cecilia expanded her reading list with The Little Prince, The Fabulous Mr. Fox and more.
Elizabeth got a beautiful wooden doll stroller and a lovely doll designed to look like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. It took a few explanations about how Elizabeth was not supposed to be the passenger, but all the girls have had great fun pushing around Dorothy and various dolls, babies and stuffed animals.
My brother and his girlfriend sent Elizabeth plush versions of themselves: Abby Cadaby and Oscar the Grouch.
In their stockings, Cecilia and Felicity got "tickets" to go see Cats and we explained that we bought tickets for Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa to take them to see Cats performed on stage.
Teresa got her name/birthdate embroidered baby blanket (I buy each girl their own for their First Christmas), her First Christmas tree ornament, a toy that requires her to push or turn knobs to make animals pop up, a plush Jesus for her bed and an absolutely beautiful statue of her patron.
After opening all the presents under the tree, and eating some cinnamon rolls, we went to my parents' tree, under which waited 5 more presents for each girl. My other brother gave each girl a plush (you see Cecilia holding Walter of Muppet fame) and Cecilia and Felicity each a ticket to see Cirque de la Symphonie at the Kennedy Center in February.
Then each of the three older girls got a puzzle of their names (Felicity and Elizabeth will benefit from the practice).
And each of the older three got two lollipop drums. I love these drums. Every drum we've gotten was broken in no time. Our co-op uses these and they are much more resilient. And they are colorful and fun too. They come in 3 different sizes too, so there are multiple tones.
Then the girls helped Grandpa, Grandma and their uncle with their gifts.
Grandpa loved his coffee.
Grandma and Mommy now have matching pajama pants! (They are so soft and warm!)
Elizabeth and Teresa find Grandma's and Grandpa's Mickey Mouse nutcracker. Grandpa gets nervous.
Teresa enjoyed watching everyone while blowing raspberries and clapping...... what she did through most of Christmas Mass.
To finish the day, that evening, Teresa gave us one more Christmas present. She took her first steps. She only made it two steps before she fell down and then got so excited by our reactions she couldn't even stand again. But first steps she definitely took.
Cecilia's big present was her first 2 wheel bike, with training wheels.
Felicity now has unrivaled access to the tricycle.
Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas day and continue to be blessed through this Christmas Season! Merry Christmas!!!