Our first order of business was to take R with us to North Pole City to pick out an ornament. Jordan and I have done this every year we've been married, and it was fun to add R to our family outing! North Pole City is a store that basically looks like Christmas threw up inside. It has lights everywhere and tons of ornaments and trees and even a train and Santa!
I know it was R's first Christmas, so supposedly it's magical to see this holiday through the eyes of a child, but let's be honest: she was four months old. She wasn't even old enough to care about ripping off wrapping paper or playing in boxes, which is why Jordan and I didn't get her anything. SHAME. I know, I know. But come on. I have been buying her hair bows and random outfits for months now. No need to spend hundreds on toys for her for Christmas. We figured we'd let the grandparents and aunts/uncles handle that, and they were more than up to the task!
We spent Christmas Eve and Day with Jordan's side, and then we drove to Texas and spent the weekend with my family. It was fun! Jordan and I both have three siblings each, and R is the first grandchild, so she is the hit of every family gathering.
It was the absolute craziest weather in Texas... On Saturday we were all sweating in t-shirts and shorts, and my dad almost turned the air conditioner on. Sunday, we woke up freezing and built a fire, and R put her new hat and matching mittens to use! Babies in hats might be my new favorite thing... even if it means she can't wear her hair bows.
^^^ R got this mirror from Jordan's mom, and we think she likes it. It's perfect for tummy time, because she loves looking at herself! She also got some bath letters and a yellow bath duck, some clothes, and a walker and a bouncy seat (both for when she's a bit older). All in all, I'm really pleased with what she got for Christmas. Everyone did a great job getting her useful, functional items but not going overboard.
As always, I had a ton of fun with my family. I grew up going to downtown Chicago every Christmas Eve. As long as I can remember, we've driven downtown and gone to eat at our favorite Italian restaurant. We were sad when we moved to Texas because we thought that tradition was dead, but we discovered that restaurant in Dallas, so Christmas Eve dinner lives on! We get it to go and eat at home, and it's such a fun time sitting around the dinner table together. And we can't forget the token Christmas photo where everyone grabs a gift or two and acts crazy. It's fun to look back at old pictures and see what the hot gift was that year!
I'm holding the newest Pioneer Woman cookbook, Dinnertime. I've already made a few meals out of it! I love PW cookbooks and can always find something delicious. Speaking of cooking, after everyone left the Sunday after Christmas, R and I stayed for a few days (Jordan drove home alone), and on Monday my mom and I spent all day cooking freezer meals.
I am really proud of us! We spent $150 total and made 24 meals (12 for each of us). That's $6.25 per meal! We made: Crockpot taco soup / Crockpot beef stew / Individual chicken pot pies / Chopped bags of cooked chicken / 140 meatballs / Parmesan chicken. It's nice to have a buffer now that I'm back at work!
So that was Christmas! It was a really fun time, and even though R wasn't technically old enough to really do anything, it was a special first Christmas with her. I love my little family!