Adela's first Christmas--a momentous milestone in her life that was filled with everything I would want for her--family, love, good food (okay, for me not her!), and lots of joy. The only thing missing, and it's debatable whether or not this was a good thing--snow. It was a brown Christmas alas. But that didn't stop us from enjoying all of our time home! Here's just a bit of what we did:
The day before we left for MN, Jake, Adela, and I checked out the winter flower show at Phipps. This year's theme was "The Nutcracker," and I had been doing some education programming there with the Ballet. It was Adela's first trip to the Conservatory, and I'd say she enjoyed it (probably because of all the fun, lighted Christmas trees and shiny ornaments!).
|Smelling--and trying to grab--an orchid.|
|Adela and Mama in front of the "Waltz of the Flowers" tree.|
|She's so happy it made me feel like I was Santa Claus.|
|Adela...Mouse Soldier...which is which?|
We made it safely home to MN bright and early on Christmas Eve. Adela was such a trooper on the plane and the ride out to the Melby farm--hardly a peep out of her! That night we went to Church (at least for a little while before the kids had meltdowns) and found out some fantastic news from Ben and Britt--Jake and I will have a new niece or nephew in June! After getting her exhausted little tush to bed, she woke up refreshed the following morning for her very first Christmas!!
|Adela opening some awesome pajamas from Grandma Mary and Grandpa Curt.|
|Adela snuggling with her Great-Grandma Roth.|
|Cousin Isla wearing ALL the dress up clothes she got from her Aunt Alyssa.|
|"So much excitement...I'm ready for a nap!"|
|"Ah Roxie! You're squishing me!"|
|The cousins having fun during bathtime.|
|Adela and my godmother, Auntie Barb.|
|I don't know who's expression is bigger--Adela's or her Great-Grandma Marion's!|
|"Giggle, giggle, giggle!"|
|"I gotcha sock!"|
|Grandma Karen cuddling with her favorite granddaughter :-)|
All in all, baby girl came back with quite the toy and book collection, but you won't hear her complaining (only her Mama and Daddy who have to find somewhere to put it all! Just kidding--we're very grateful!). And while there was no snow or sugar cookies for her, she lit up every room she went in. Her smiles and first giggles were the best Christmas present we could ever ask for.
We love you, Adela! Merry First Christmas!