Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve with Pop

We had a special kid's Christmas Eve service. I'm used to going to Midnight Mass, but not an early kid's version. We were excited to go. But once there, Ashton was cranky and tired. She had a short nap and that made for an unhappy girl. We held her most of the time with her face buried in our shoulder.

We had a little down time before we had to go to Pop's house. Luckily she started perking up.

Since my husband's family roots are German, Christmas Eve is more like Christmas day. It works out great for us. So we always go to Christmas Eve service then end the night over at Pop's and get to open a couple gifts from my husband's side of the family and go home for our Christmas on Christmas day.

Here is Ashton with her cousin, Mr. K. He is only 5 months older than her. Man, I'm learning fast how tiny my girl really is! I just tell everyone my girl is perfect and everyone else are giants!

While Aunt D was at Disney World with Ashton's cousin Mr. K - they were in Epcot and stopped by "China". There they found a mug that said Ashton. Please understand how amazing that is; you can hardly ever find anything that says Ashton. And not only does that have her name it also spells out Ashton in Mandarin characters! So double bonus! Add that it's not ceramic but plastic and with pandas, it's a hug win-win-win! We all love it so much! What a thoughtful gift!

Well, we found out what Pop bought our girl from Christmas this year. And since it went with something we were going to give our girl on Christmas, we decided we had to give it to her early on Christmas Eve.

My girl was interested in girly things. Not necessarily a doll, but the accessories. She wanted to dress a doll up, play with "food" and a car etc. But you can't do that without a doll. We looked at the off brand dolls, but she really wanted one that looked like her. So that meant the brand doll. That narrowed it down to 2 dolls. One with and one without bangs. She said she wanted one with bangs.

So without her knowledge I got her the doll. She opened her up on Christmas Eve. I asked he what she wanted to name the doll. She said, "Grandma"! I said that no, that was probably not a good idea. Then she said Rey (from Star Wars). I said fine.

So now Ashton has Rey. And she got Rey a day early because what Pop wanted to get her. And it was a hit! However, since it wasn't our house, she got to look at it and not play with it. We promised to have it all opened to play with tomorrow.

Ashton wearing Rey's Santa hat.

She was thrilled to get a diner set or "restaurant" from Pop. It was what she truly wanted. The accessories with the food items and stuff to play with. But looking at it rather than playing with it can only take you so far, so she ended up playing with her cousin's new toys. 

They chased each other around with the Star Wars space ships. Ashton was the Millennium Falcon while Mr. K was the Tie Fighter. What was so cute, was rather than making ship noises, Ashton chased around singing the Imperial March song (though she was on the rebel side). It was so amusing!

So we got a little snapshot of how Christmas day will be! It'll be a fun and overwhelming day, I'm sure.
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