This week was just plain awesome. I know everyone had a great Christmas but ours was the greatest (I know other people will claim there's was the greatest but seriously. TRUMP CARD.). Monday, we went to Hobby Lobby because Ben felt that we needed more wrapping paper even though he did 5% of the wrapping and I did 95% of it. Caroline had a grand time shopping with Grams and mastered the task of picking something she likes, standing on her tiptoes, and dropping it in the cart. So, shopping is now even more dangerous than Ben thought it was. Afterwards we went home and Ben and I got ready to go to the Bowl Game. We had a blast at the game and loved sitting with our friends and catching up with old friends too. It was definitely a Christmas highlight and Ben and I loved being able to sing the BYU fight song, having old men ask "Sister, can you take a picture?", and seeing Cosmo.
Tuesday we went to Robert is Here. I think it's one of my favorite places because it's out of the city and the strawberry key lime shakes are earth shatteringly delicious. Caroline loved the animals even more, played on the tractor, and got her fill of delicious shake. We spent the evening watching Blacklist, wrapping presents, and working on Ben's stocking (that we JUST finished. completely).
Wednesday was COOKIE DAY. We made cookies and frosted them. Caroline loved eating the dough, putting part of it back on the cutting board and then making it into a cookie. It was hilarious and she was so involved in the mixing, and rolling, cutting, backing, and frosting. We spent the day making sure we were ready for Christmas and made our infamous In-n-Out burgers for dinner. After all the baking and cooking we watching some Christmas Mormon Messages that got us all ready for the next day. We opened up our Van Leeuwen family shirts and our awesome sibling gift from the one and only Matt. Caroline opened up a book that night as well and we finished wrapping by 10 and we were in bed by 11:00 even though it was hard to sleep because we just wanted Caroline to wake up and get the Christmas party started!
Christmas morning was magical. Caroline would open a gift, play, snack, talk, and then open another. We were opening and playing with presents all day. Ben, Mom, and I all had a few surprises for each other but Caroline made out like a bandit. She loved her rocking chair, books, stroller, shopping cart, pop up tent and the slew of other things she got as well. I'm excited for more things to play with because we haven't really refreshed her toys in a while. We had the perfect Christmas nap and Christmas dinner. Ben made a Dr. Pepper glazed ham (coming from a girl that doesn't like ham) that I thought was pretty good and a turkey. We also had green beans, sweet potatoes, and dirty rice. I haven't cooked since and we are still enjoying leftovers...turkey pot pie tomorrow! Ben and I went to see Unbroken after Caroline went to bed and LOVED it. I thought it was fantastic and as true to the book as it could be in the short amount of time they had to portray the story.
Friday, hmmm...I think we were in a Christmas coma. But we had fun whatever we did. That night my mom took me to Williams Sonoma and Sephora for budgeted shopping sprees as part of my Christmas gift. I have this awesome Emile Henry pie dish (in this dreamy navy blue) that I can't wait to use and make up that is awesome. So hopefully I'll get dressed and ready more days than I don't every week. Ha!
Saturday Ben went to go hangout with anesthesiologists and be all doctor-y. He's pretty good at it and good thing he liked it. Mom and I just played and played with Caroline and went on walks. We had plans to go and do somethings and run errands but it was kind of nice to hang out at home and play. Ben came home and slept and then watched Caroline so we could go see "Into the Woods" which was so well done. If you aren't into musicals I wouldn't go but if you love Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, and Anna Kendrick, and fairytales then it's pretty awesome. It was nice to have two Girl's Nights with my mom thanks to my favorite guy.
Sunday was regular and we got a nice loooong Sunday nap in. Caroline just runs around the church building like a crazy girl and has a total blast. Mom and I watched a cookie and royal icing tutorial and can't wait to make some next time she comes (we are out of time). We also ordered pictures and finished up some projects we've been working on. Thank goodness for Sunday's. I couldn't make it through my week without them.
|BYU Game selfie|
|Robert Is Here|
|Mom and Me|
|Thank you Publix for the best shopping cart ever.|
|Nativity Picture...we are the wisest men of all. haha|
|I love my helper.|
|All hands on deck in the kitchen|
|Loving the frosting.|
|Playing with her animal figures > unwrapping more presents|
|Loving her magnadoodle|
|Ben let the universe know he didn't have this book so my mom made sure he had it hahaha.|
|Reading. Reading. Reading. AND Rocking.|
|Christmas Spoils. Disney movies we desperately needed. Can't tell you how many times we are going to watch Sleeping Beauty this week.|
|Caroline is working on her selfie skillz. This cheesy face just makes me giggle.|
|Watching Santa Paws. Clearly Ben didn't get enough practice looking enthused about cheesy kid movies. Caroline will provide him with lots of practice. I'm sure of it!|