This may be our last year of kids who sleep until their normal wake time on Christmas morning! Cruz tippy-toed into our room around 7 Christmas morning and proclaimed that Santa had left lots of new presents under our tree. Mila was up soon after and we brewed some coffee, preheated the oven for our Christmas morning breakfast egg bake and monkey bread, popped some bubbly for mimosas, and found ourselves spots on the living room rug, ready to begin our gift opening.
This was the first year ever that we had nowhere to be on Christmas day. Beau's family would be joining us to celebrate Christmas later that night, and it felt wonderful to stay put in our pjs most of the day. We took our sweet time taking turns with presents, took breaks for breakfast, coffee, or another mimosa, and kept the fire going all day long. We also loved having lots of room this year. We moved our love seat out of the way and each claimed a corner of our area rug. The kids would unwrap, then make their way to our window bench to set up their new toy and play for awhile, giving Beau and I time to open, too. It proved to be a pretty great setup and we felt very thankful to be in this place.
It was a Star Wars themed Christmas for Cruz, with his favorites including his Storm Trooper art set, his Snowspeeder vehicle, and his BB-8 Droid, aka, the newest member of the Jorgensen family. He was also excited to receive a Radio Flyer Ziggle, one of the neatest riding contraptions we've ever seen. Cruz is excited to ride with his neighbor Reese this summer, but for now is getting lots of practice in our basement!
Mila was adorably fun this Christmas. She was a quick study with unwrapping and her eyes lit up in the best way with every single present she opened. I love these early, innocent years when it's all so new to them. She had no idea what to expect, and her genuine excitement and happiness was so fun to watch. She loved opening her baby, her Dora backpack, and her very own dinner plate, to which she exclaimed, "Meena!" when she saw her piggy-tailed caricature on the plate.
Beau spoiled me this year with my very first Kitchenaid, a gorgeous aqua colored beauty that looks perfect against my subway tile back-splash. And Beau is ready to spend some time with his Egg, using his new iGriller, pizza peel, and cookbooks. We were all good to each other and have lots of new toys to keep us busy during these long winter months.
Christmas night, Beau's family came to celebrate at our house. Adi and Livi are just six months older than Mila, and it's pretty fun to have three little ladies that close in age under the same roof. We planted ourselves around the kitchen island with a charcuterie board before yet another gift exchange in front of the fire. Beau's mom knows how to buy gifts for the kids and they were ecstatic over all their new toys. Mila adored her Dora doll and Dora books, immediately taking them to Gina to read to her, and Cruz was over the moon about his pack of Star Wars Legos action figures. We had lasagna and Scratch cupcakes for dessert, before saying goodbye to Gabe and Gina and slipping into a Christmas night coma on the couch. Beau's parents spent the night, and Cruz and Mila relished the extra time with them. Mary and Cruz got to work assembling his gluttony of Lego guys, and Mila and I read her Dora books for the sixteenth time that night. We went to bed exhausted and full, of food, wrapping paper, and lots of joy.
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We adore our BB-8!