This was a Christmas to remember. Every year we spend Christmas day together, just Stephen, Zoey and I as a family, but this year was still different. As our first year living in Seattle, we were completely on our own. We didn't go see any family before or after Christmas day like we usually would. We saw everyone back on the east coast during Thanksgiving, but we won't be back until spring. This was our first Christmas in Seattle and it was an amazing one.
There really is truth in the quote "home is where your family is." Even though we were in a new city and a new home, it still felt like Christmas.The anticipation leading up to it felt different for me (read more of my thoughts on this: Merry Christmas...Here's to Magical Memories); nonetheless, it turned out to be a wonderful day.
Zoey didn't wake up until almost 8:30 am. I have to admit I was thankful to be able to get the sleep. I woke up to use the bathroom and peeked in the living room to find Zoey sitting on the coffee table staring at the Christmas tree stocked with presents. I sneaked back into the bedroom just in time for her to come running and jump on our bed.
|Zoey found her stocking and new friend, which she named Fifi.|
|A quick pose while we made coffee and prepared the living room for unwrapping chaos.|
It never seems like there will be much under the tree, but every year I am surprised by what is waiting to be unwrapped. Zoey was so excited to see her name on the presents, yet she still constantly made sure her daddy and I had something to unwrap as well. There are moments when her sweetness simply takes my breath away.
|Zoey reading the names on the presents...she was so excited!|
Since we weren't going to get a traditional Christmas with our extended family, Zoey's grandparents mailed some of her gifts to put under our tree for Christmas morning. It was really exciting to see her enjoy all of her new surprises. She was very thankful and really loved everything she received. I am blessed to see her grow up and get more and more big kid things.
|Zoey loved her Hello Kitty rain boots...perfect for Seattle's weather.|
|I loved Zoey's reaction to this much desired Princess Lego set.|
|Zoey announced..."Mom, this is the exact Barbie I wanted!"|
|There is nothing greater in this life than to sit and laugh with those you love.|
The star of this Christmas was Legos. Stephen and Zoey got three sets of Legos and then Zoey received a bucket containing 1600 bricks to create her own masterpieces made by her own imagination. Zoey and Stephen both were in Lego Heaven. It was the first and last thing played with during the day. I enjoyed seeing them so happy.
|Every little boy's dream. And girl's dream. And grown man's dream...swimming in Legos, a dream come true.|
|They built all the sets together first.|
|Then it was time to break out the monster bucket.|
|...A beautiful sight.|
|Christmas Day sunset over the Puget Sound as seen from our porch.|