Thursday, December 30, 2010

Why Yes, We Had a Lovely Christmas!

I realize I never got around to finishing my 12 days of Christmas. So we'll have to just pretend that there are only 11.  Humor me on that, okay?

Our 12th Day of Christmas--Christmas Day--was lovely, however.  As it should be.

Our children slept in until 9:30!  I would say I didn't know how we got so lucky, except I do.  We all sleep together on mattresses in the playroom and Sophia chatterboxed at all of us until well past midnight.  I think this is the first Christmas she really truly understands and she was just so darn excited!

Excited, and worried.  All night it was, "What about if Santa forgets where our house is?" and  "What about if  Santa doesn't remember us?" and  "What about if Santa can't see our house?" until she started over again.  Joel and I just about missed playing Santa in our effort to stay awake longer than the children, and then all of Sophia's fears would have been confirmed!

But Santa came, as he always does.

Bria had asked for clothes only this year.  And especially a pair of black suede ruched boots (and yes, she was that specific).  This picture practically drives a stake through my heart as it proves that she is growing up. She looks way too old! But she sure is beautiful, and she sure looks adorable in the clothes she wanted so badly.

Growing Up

Chloe and Sophia both asked Santa Claus for Leapsters.  They were pleasantly surprised when they both got one (they didn't think that could happen) and even with a few games for them to share, too!  This picture cracks me up, both of them wearing almost everything they received.  Sophia in her new swimsuit and coverup and her new sparkly pink "fashion" purse (which is full of all kinds of "fashion" stuff, like make-up)  right next to her and Chloe in her Christmas PJs, a new hat, necklace and awesome lime green vest.  They were glued to those things most of the day.

Christmas Day

Unless they were playing with their American Girl dolls from Mamah and Grandpa, that is.  But that's a whole other post.

As for Joel and me, Santa treated us well this year, too.

But mostly, we were together, and we had a truly wonderful Christmas this year.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. It looks like you all had a wonderful day!! They grow up way too fast!!

  2. I think *I* want those boots too!

  3. Wow- I love reading your blog and watching your girls grow up. And you're absolutely right- Bria is gorgeous, glamorous, and looks so grown up!

    We did American Girl dolls at our house too, and although they're not the genuine article, my girls have been toting them everywhere! Christmas was an absolutely lovely day. I got choked up several times on that day, simply thinking about how blessed we were.

    And I'd like your recipe for kids sleeping in until 9:30 please. That has never happened here. Ever. By 9:30 Christmas morning, my husband and I were headed back to bed for our Christmas nap!

  4. How fun! Your tree is beautiful!!

  5. You're right! Bria is growing up way too fast. She looks great in those clothes. Sophia and Chloe are adorable as always. I'm glad you all had a great Christmas.

    Have a wonderful and safe vacation.

  6. I love these pictures of your kids. The juxtaposition of Bria's black and white (or cream) with the...colorfulness of Chloe and Sophia is so sweet. I'm glad you had a merry Christmas!

  7. Your girls are absolutely beautiful. I was stopping by because I wanted to wish you a happy new year and thank you for being a follower of my blog. It means a lot to me. Thank you. May your new year be filled with laughter, more joy than sorrow, peace, and wisdom. Blessings to you. Happy new year!

  8. I am so fashion-challenged, I don't even know what "ruched" is. Go Bria! She looks so cute! It's hard to see my children grow up too, exciting for them, but strange for me...

    Your girls are SO cute! Looks like it was a great Christmas :)

  9. How thoughtful of Santa to get them what they asked for:)

    Wish I could rock the boots like Bria does.

  10. Your girls are at a fun Christmas age! Our holiday was good too, and I have loved just having us all together for these past 2 weeks.

  11. How beautiful is that Bria? It really does get you - how fast your kids grow up. And Chloe is just so cute in her snazzy purple hat. As for Sophia, well, of COURSE she's wearing all of her clothes at once! We would expect nothing less, huh?

    One year, Vanessa (my version of Sophia) asked for a Barbie. She was 15. And believe me, I got it for her. The years of "clothes and cash for Christmas" come soon enough!

  12. Such beautiful girls! Looks like you really did have a wonderful Christmas!

  13. How quickly they become teenagers! I know Bria is not quite there yet (is she?) but you'll turn around and be there...and it's a fun stage, usually....