Thursday, January 15, 2015

Christmas at the Akleys

Christmas has come and gone, and boy was it a blast this year!  Emerson seemed to understand the concept of opening gifts a bit more this year, and  it was so much fun to watch her experience things!
 
One of my favorite holiday traditions are the Christmas ornaments that we would receive from my grandparents.  Some were hand carved, some purchased on trips, and others very thoughtfully selected throughout the course of the year.
 
Growing up, my families' tree was decorated with mine, and my siblings ornaments, but when we started our own families, we got to take them with us.  Our family tree is decorated with my childhood ornaments, but we have also started the tradition of getting an ornament for each vacation we take.  Emerson has also started to receive ornaments with each Christmas that passes, so our tree has great sentimental value.
 
Each year there are increasingly sentimental moments when I dig them out, but when we decorated the tree this year, it brought tears to my eyes.  I had put the lights up during the evening when E had gone to sleep, and the next morning we woke up and took out the ornaments one by one, and as I'd hand them to her, she would 'Oooh and Ahhhh' and 'Wow!' with each one I gave her.  She helped us hang them up (or set them on a branch for me to hang up later) with such care.  Its like she knows how important they are and treated each one so gently.  The photo below is just a glimpse of how she would look at things.  Such pure wonder and amazement each time she would touch one. It was one of my favorite things of the entire holiday season- just watching her take things in and experience them.  So many times I'd see her walk over to the tree, step in-between the branches and select an ornament to study intently.  I can't tell you how many times I heard her mumble 'so pretty' to herself as she inspected them.
 
 
We also attempted to make sugar cookies! Emerson mainly ate the raw dough and threw the cookie cutters on the floor, but they turned out well in spite of her efforts ;)


 
The rest are a few snapshots of our holidays.  We spent Christmas Eve with the Akleys, Christmas morning as just the three of us (Brandon was on call) and then Christmas afternoon/evening with my parents.  My brother, sister in law and two nephews came home so it was great to see them again and spend time together.


 
She is in a phase where she LOVES baby dolls.  She got two for Christmas and carries them everywhere!

 
Her baby came with a pacifier, and her reaction when I showed it to her was priceless!

 

 

 

 

 
Oh how these two love each other!

 
We were fortunate to have a white Christmas and took Emerson sledding around the neighborhood.


 
She LOVES the jingle bell hat that she got from her Great Grandma Scherer and shakes her head every time she wears it :)
 
 
 
We went to the local Storybook Island and looked at the lighted displays. it was snowy and cold but a great experience :)



 
And just like that, the Grinch came and stole our tree, and left a ridiculous mess for us to deal with.
 
 
I hope your Christmas was blessed with friends and family, ours sure was, and we are so grateful!
 
#Lyndsey

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