Once again, we were blessed with Santa finding us! The Christmas mouse left Novalie sparkly pink gloves for leaving some cheese out for him. The Christmas mouse is such a fun, simple tradition. I am glad one of Novalie’s friends told her about the Christmas mouse many years ago.
This spread from Santa is my favorite. Novalie is super duper into all things sharks right now and it was so fun for Santa to search for different shark theme gifts. Two shark stuffed animals, shark poster, shark headphones, shark book with DVD, shark sweatshirt, pants and socks. She also got a mini glass shark and shark teeth earrings. So fun!
I think she liked the shark gifts. Loved them. A lot.
Santa found the rest of us too.
I mean….someone wrote a book just for me.
Olive enjoyed her stocking items too.
(I am not sure why I don’t have any pics of my mom, but she got her traditional Sudoku books from Santa.)
I would expect nothing less from Kevin in a wrapping job. It wouldn’t be Christmas without an odd wrapped present.
Traditional Christmas morning breakfast. It doesn’t look like much food, but it sure is an ordeal to get it all ready at the same time. I love breakfast. By the time we (really Novalie) are done opening presents, we are all pretty famished and ready for our breakfast feast.
The rest of the day was spent playing with new toys and relaxing. I feel like I said this last year, but I have to say it again. Novalie didn’t ask for much this year, just a doll accessories traveling kit that she really wanted. Still toys. I thought maybe last year would be the last year for toys, but I am happy to say that is all she wanted this year too. I love that about her. She is definitely finding her teenage attitude, but she is such a little (heart and soul wise….she is as tall as me!), innocent simple kid. Her imagination is still going strong and she can spend a good amount of time in her room lost in her imaginary worlds with toys. I am in no hurry for her to grow up and grow out of toys, so it makes this momma’s heart happy to have her still very much childlike little girl. And that really shined through Christmas day. I love Novalie. She makes my world go round.
We played her new Jurassic World Monopoly game. I have to admit that I do not know how to play Monopoly. I even read the instructions and I just don’t get it. For reals. So we played it with the rules of her Monopoly Jr. game which I do get.
Another one of my favorite gifts she got was a set of 10 canvas boards and a set of nice acrylic paints. She did her first painting above on Christmas day. She is a good little artist!
With all the stress, work, sickness, tiredness building up to Christmas, it all came together and the magic of a Christmas morning made all that icky stuff disappear. We truly were blessed to have a Christmas tree full of presents, more than enough food to eat and a little family that were together warm, safe and happy with the gospel of Jesus Christ to enrich our lives on the morning we celebrate His birth. It was pretty simple and perfect.
~Merry Christmas 2015!~