As you know, we do nothing easy in the Taylor family. For instance, in 2006, within three months we moved not only to a new house, but to a new town; started new jobs; picked up a dog on the side of the road who ended up being a part of our permanent family; AND had a baby. This Christmas was no exception to the traditional Taylor craziness. Having a baby around the holidays was such a wonderful Christmas gift for us, but wore us out too:) Between the wrapping, getting the Christmas newsletter out, decorating, visiting with family and friends, and recovering from the c-section and Addisan’s RSV…we are now catching up on some overdue sleep. I am hoping next year to get more holiday decorations out and do some baking. Below are some holiday pictures of our festivities….very low key festivities I might add. They are in no particular order.
As a child, we saw the “real” Santa at Merrifield Gardens. He was the one everyone lined up anxiously to see each year. Santa told me to set my slippers outside my door and he would put jewelry inside of them. Every year he has not let me down! I still put the Moccasin slippers that my dad brought me back from one of his many trips from Alaska outside my bedroom door. The ones next to mine are ones that my friend Clare gave to Campbell that were handmade by her friend and Addisan’s were knitted by my friend Ronya’s mom. My hope is that the the children will not only be excited to find a surprise inside of their slippers as they grow up, but remember that someone was thinking of them when they made their slippers–and remember giving is the true sense of the holiday.
Campbell slept through Christmas. Here is a framed picture of a water color painting that Addisan made for Campbell for Christmas. Campbell gave Addisan a plush photo album with pictures of the two of them.
Addisan and Campbell gave daddy a workbench for Christmas. To Tommy’s dismay, it was one that was their size and not his. I hope this is something that they can all do together. Poor Tommy, he is the only male in the house…hopefully this will help balance all the pink in the house.
Addisan’s big gift from us was a roller coaster. This thing is so awesome that I wish that they made it in an adult size! She enjoys going down in the cart, but more than anything, she likes using it as a really long slide for herself and her dolls. We had to open gifts in two sessions Christmas morning because she wanted to play with it so much.
Some of our family friends gave Addisan and Campbell matching Christmas outfits! So cute! I can see myself buying a lot of matching outfits in the near future for the girls. Don’t you just love Campbell’s little feet??:)