I can't believe Christmas has come and gone! It always makes me a little sad when Christmas is over. We had a great holiday.
Christmas Eve we went to a friend's for dinner. We had steak (wrapped in bacon!) and did a White Elephant gift exchange. And the Bishop's dog got run over in the midst of the celebration, which was a sad and weird Christmas Eve twist.
Christmas Day baby Levi woke up way too early. Who programmed kids to do that on Christmas? Once we managed to stagger out of bed, we made it out to the Christmas tree. Santa left some very practical presents in everyone's stockings.
Baby Levi got an orange, puffs, and a sippy cup in his stocking.
Baby Levi lost interest in unwrapping gifts very early on, so he left all the fun to the old folks.
Action shot of Levi opening presents
We all got wonderful gifts! Baby Levi got a lot of great books, including a board book Book of Mormon from Grandma and The Very Hungry Caterpillar from Grams.
He also got a great drum, a baby Ipad (not really an Ipad, but that's what we call it for funnies), a dump truck, and a golf set (we do live in Florida after all). Plus, lot of great movies!
Levi got some great headphones, some new temple pants, Haitian Creole language CDs, a watch, and shoes. I got lots of great stuff for the kitchen including a new mixer, new pots and pans, and a cool dessert cookbook. I also got lots of sewing supplies and a ton of stamps and ink. I'm going to be a very busy bee in 2013 apparently.
Wait, which Levi was this hat intended for?
Later on in the day we had friends over for dinner. We had turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls, all the good Thanksgiving stuff! And it literally was the stuff I had bought to make Thanksgiving dinner, ha. Our guests have a four-month old baby, so we pulled out some old things of baby Levi's for him.
Baby Levi taught baby Keith the funness of the excer-saucer
We stuffed ourselves silly, then played Settler of Catan. Which I won, naturally.
And then the day was over! It was a great one. We missed our friends and family spread out throughout the country, but it sounds like everyone had a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas to all!
Today was our Christmas program at church, so we all wore our Christmas outfits! Baby Levi looked so adorable. I wanted to take a cute picture of him in front of the Christmas tree. Of course, in formulating that plan I forgot that I have a toddler who always wants to do the opposite of what mama wants him to do. So we have a variety of shots of him wandering around the apartment, with not one in front of the Christmas tree. Ha.
Yesterday we took advantage of another benefit of living in Florida (besides the warm weather and the beach). We took a day trip to Epcot! We only planned it out two days in advance, but it all came together perfectly.
Of all the Disney parks, Epcot does not have the most (or the most exciting) rides, but it has a lot to see. And all that seeing takes a LOT of walking. It was perfect to go when baby Levi is this age, because he isn't interested in rides anyway, and isn't old enough to complain about walking and looking at a lot of stuff grownups like.
This surprisingly was not his first Disneyworld experience. Last January we had some Disney fun when my family came to town.
Our first stop was Finding Nemo and the aquariums. Naturally, this was Levi's favorite place. Except that he wanted to spear all the fish he saw. You can't spear Nemo, especially at Disneyworld. Not cool.
On the Finding Nemo ride
Checking out the sharks. No fear!
We rode the ride inside the giant silver golf ball, rode Soarin' (my Epcot favorite!), and tasted Coke products from all over the world. Then we took the trail around the lake to see all the different country exhibits.
This is a boring picture, sorry.
Baby Levi wouldn't wear the fez!
...and many more. Levi wouldn't let me take a picture of us in hats at every single country, that was just a little too much dorkiness for him.
When we were in the America theater, baby Levi got a chance to run around a bit. Some perfect strangers came over and took a picture of him! Isn't that funny? Anyway, he decided to ignore the velvet ropes and make a break for his favorite thing . . . the stairs!
He is fast!
But not as fast as mom!
Overall, he was a very good baby. And we all had a great time. We ate awesome food, ginger ice cream in China, bratwurst in Germany, funnel cake in America, and lamb gyros in Morocco. I bought a pickle Christmas ornament in Germany (a German tradition apparently) and Levi bought a kamikaze head scarf in Japan (like the Karate Kid) and herbal tea in England. We didn't make it to the fireworks; our achy muscles and joints couldn't get us even to 8:00. But we made it home by 10:00, got the baby into bed, and soaked in the hot tub. Practically perfect in every way!
I thought I would try to make baby Levi's bathtime more fun today by adding bubbles. He was intrigued at first. Then when bubbles starting sticking to his arm and he couldn't get them off, this was his reaction:
It took a lot of coaxing to get him back in the bathtub!! But finally, we were bubble-free and back to okay.
How fabulous is this Christmas tree carved out of sand?! So very cool. Downtown around our house there are Christmas sand carvings all over. They're all very impressive. I can't believe how well they've held up with the rain we've had lately.
All of downtown is decorated with a beach-Christmas theme this year. There are so many cute touches.
Lexi and Ale came up yesterday for dinner and presents. They're heading out to Arizona and Colorado this week.
Baby Levi with one shoe. Ha.
Anyone who starts feeling the winter blues needs to plan a trip out here, stat!