Monday, April 21, 2014

Our first Christmas in our new house!

The Sunday before Christmas we had a family party with James' side of the family.  Santa made an appearance and this is how Min reacted:
 She was practically inconsolable.  It will be interesting to see how she responds this year when she is two. Poor kid!

This was our front room Christmas morning, I think it was perfect!  We bought an artificial Christmas tree a month earlier and realized we had only a few ornaments.  It was okay, we'll gradually add to it.
 Our presents:
 James and I traded off on opening present and taking pictures.  Mina seemed much more interested in everything than she was last year.  It has been so fun to watch her grow up!

 We gave Mina some art supplies and a doll with a stroller for Christmas.
 I guess I was more excited to open her presents than Mina.

 Mina was more interested in joining her doll in the stroller than pushing it!
 Before we headed out my Grandma and Uncle stopped by with Mina's present.
 After that we all went to my parent's house to open presents. I think Mina started to get the hang of opening presents at that point!

 After that we went to James' parent's house.  I think Mina was pretty tired at this point:
 This was Mina's haul at the end of the day:

Our families were very generous!

Mina turned one!

Last year.  And I'm just NOW taking the time to post a few pictures.  It's hard to believe the time has passed so fast.  She has been in nursery for a few months now and she is closer to two than one!

I kept the decorations simple, I made some tissue paper pom poms and some paper banners. It was nice to be able to enjoy the Sunday and not feel totally awful and rushed.

James' parents bought Mina an adorable lady bug outfit for her birthday.  Even though it was long sleeved she didn't get too hot in it.  I was worried.
 We ate Cafe Rio style sweet pork in the crock pot and provided plenty of options for either salads or tacos.  I just wanted the day to be easy and a crock pot main course fit the bill.
 Mina opened her presents after we ate dinner.  She seemed kind of overwhelmed.

James' mom, Melanie, made Mina's adorable cake from a sketch I gave her.  She is so unbelieveably talented! Not only was the cake incredibly cute, but it was delicious as well! 

  I made a small "smash cake" for Mina.  It was banana flavored so it was "healthier." I made the mistake of putting it in the fridge so it was pretty solid when she tried to eat it!

Even though it was over eight months ago, we are still so grateful to our families that attended.  Mina got spoiled!