Christmas – 2017
We held true to our traditions this year, with a few new ones in light of Ember’s first Christmas.
Cutting down our own tree, making an ornament of Ember’s hand and footprint, cooking Christmas beer-chocolate soup, Christmas Eve church, reading the Christmas story to Ember, putting on our annual new pair of pj’s and watching the Lego movie, taking our polaroid and turning it into an ornament, and writing down what we did on Christmas day in our Christmas journal!
We decided to both get Ember something for Christmas but not tell/show each other. It was a fun surprise for each of us to open what the other person picked out for our little girl. Jer got Ember The Christmas Story book to read to her and our future children each Christmas, and he also bought her the cutest New Years Eve outfit! I got her sherpa lined overalls.
Here’s the polaroid photo of our 4th Christmas – Ember’s first! Each year we take a selfie polaroid photo in front of our tree, write the date and location of that Christmas on it, and turn it into an ornament to be hung up! As our family grows we might need to invent some kind of selfie stick for our polaroid camera so we can fit everyone;)
Why is there a mitten on one of Ember’s hand you ask?
Well I started the morning off with a champion mom moment… I cut Ember’s nail to short and it bleed for a solid hour… I laid in bed with her all morning, refusing to get up and make us Christmas brunch, and wallowing in mom guilt. Ember cried for all of 10 seconds, but of course it left my eyes watery and my heart throbbing for the next few hours. Lord, why did you have to make babies nails grow so fast?!
It wasn’t how I wanted Christmas morning to start off… I wanted it to be a perfect, cuddly, picturesque, breakfast-in-bed kinda morning. But it wasn’t. Does anyone else set too strict or too high of expectations for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries?! I can’t be the only one… but I am learning to let go of this, and not let one wrong turn have such a rock skipping effect. Come on Auj, buck up and move on. Maybe I’m just a wee more emotional because it was her first Christmas and maybe mom guilt really does make you a little crazy.
Ember’s first Christmas brought out the child in us both again. I cannot wait to celebrate the holidays with Ember and our future children in the years to come, it makes everything so much more fun!
I searched high and low for a red velvet dress for Ember’s first Christmas and FINALLY found one from Aggie + Francois. She makes vintage inspired heirloom pieces. I hope that this little red dress can be passed down through the generations. It’s just gorgeous, especially on her;)
If you’re on my mailing list you should have received my e-mail with our Christmas card and 2017 recap… but these are a few of the photos from our Christmas card this year! We received 300+ Christmas cards from ya’ll – since inviting our Beating50Percent community to send us their cards. We physically mailed back our Christmas cards to 65 of those families, maybe you were one of the chosen 65?! I wish I could fit all 300 some Christmas cards that we received on our refrigerator, but I don’t even think I could fit them if I hung them on all the blank wall space in our living room! However, Jeremy and I did personally open each of them and it was such an joy to put some faces to our followers!
Now I just need to figure out what I should do to archive them all! Got any creative ideas?
Christmas Eve service was a little loud… so we whipped out our stylin headphones😉
We made our rounds on Christmas day, attempting to visit Jer’s parents, siblings, and my family, while also trying to maintain our own Christmas traditions… It was tough with one child, I can’t imagine trying to do multiple Christmas’s with multiple children. Moral of the story is that we’ll probably invite people to come to us next year… eek.
Ember had her first laugh a couple days before Christmas – our favorite gift this year. It is by far my new favorite sound. Jeremy and I both got a little teary eyed when it happened. I caught it on video by the grace of God!
Repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat repeat the sounding joy
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