We kicked off our "Fun Old Fashioned Family Christmas" this past Saturday with fresh baked cookies, hot chocolate with marshmallows and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. We had a great time! Ashlyn was asleep before the movie even started and David was asleep before it ended...I was pretty close behind him.
Yesterday evening we ventured out to the mall for Ashlyn to meet Santa Clause. She did SO WELL!!! Not a tear in sight. She looked at him a little funny at first...I think she was trying to figure out the beard. I think she looks a tiny bit like an elf with her little santa hat on. She is so cute!
Afterwards, we trooped through the mall to find our annual Family Christmas Ornament. I found this year's at Things Remembered. When David and I first started dating, we got our first ornament - It said "Our First Christmas". When we got married, I couldn't help myself, I got another "Our First Christmas" ornament. Last night, David saw this beautiful ornament and the front of it says, "Our First Christmas". I thought it was fitting. We had it engraved with "Welcome Ashlyn Marianne Ryan August 23, 2010" and we will put her first Christmas picture in the spot available.
Speaking of Ashlyn's first Christmas picture, we did manage to get two usable pictures and I finally narrowed all the options down to one Christmas Card! I am so excited! They are ordered and will hopefully be arriving soon. I can't wait to mail them out this year!!! David agreed to lug the Christmas storage boxes out of the attic tonight. We are running a little behind, but we'll eventually get decorated and festive looking around the house! :o) It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the Ryan Household!!!