After spending Christmas Eve here in Los Angeles with my in-laws, Santa paid Em a visit.
I don't know who was more excited Christmas morning -- me or Em. She adores opening gifts, loves identifying Santa (even if she was too scared for the annual mall visit), and finds such excitement in the little things. Holidays really are amazing through a child's eyes.
Em loved everything, of course.
In addition to the big 2-sided easel you see above, she received more Play-Doh, sidewalk chalk, hand puppets, an alphabet magnet set, a new Magnadoodle, an Aquadoodle, crayons, amongst other things. Santa was pretty good to me and Brent, too. I got more TOMS wedges, a Hello Kitty zombie throw (softest thing ever) and a remote for our DSLR in the hopes that we can take more pics of the three of us.
Obviously, Christmas is more than gifts. We look forward to time with friends and family, too. That afternoon we headed up north to see my mom.
It was a quick visit -- just one night -- as we had a couple more destinations and given that my mom is coming for a girls-only visit while Brent is traveling for work next week. We enjoyed the short time we celebrated with her, and now Brent and I are the proud owners of matching leopard Snuggies.
My mom is the proud owner of a calendar we made for the grandparents.
I have to share this photo of the three of us, even if my mom and I are all squinty.
Sunday we headed up to Northern California to visit Brent's family in Walnut Creek. I love Brent's family, and one of his cousins has kids, ages 2, 4 and 6. We've all been looking forward to seeing them with Em again.
They played with a seesaw from Santa.
They enjoyed dining together.
And they watched Toy Story.
Tuesday we left to visit some friends in San Jose. On our way, we visited the Children's Discovery Museum.
As we drove up, Em spotted the giant inflatable duck on the roof. When she posed for this pic, she was yelling, "Duckie! Airplane! DUCKIE! AIRPLANE!" The scene was one Yo Gabba Gabba cast member short of her mind exploding.
Once inside, Em fell in love with exhibit after exhibit.
There was a special Bob the Builder section. While Em isn't familiar with his body of work, she had fun exploring.
(I promise -- she had fun, despite her lack of smile here.)
We got there shortly after it opened, and by the time we left it was wall-to-wall kids.
That afternoon we visited Matt & Nicole. We hadn't seen their new house yet, where they regularly host fun parties for their friends, including a recent elf-themed party. Em looooved the disco ball they had yet to take down.
After a night there, it was time to make the 6-hour drive back home. Em was such a good girl during the trip, and she did surprisingly well in the car.
As this post is my last entry for 2010, it seems apropos to tell you all that I won't be concluding posts with related quotes anymore. After six and a half years of blogging, I feel like I've exhausted my resources. You might see them pop up as a post title if I happen upon one that I just can't resist.
With that, I wish you all a Happy New Year!