WEEK WRAP-UP [in pictures]: “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas..”

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Well, friends, we’re four days away from Christmas!  It’s so hard to believe! This year has seemed to FLY by!  It’s also hard to believe because Florida has decided to not participate in winter at all this month.  We are actually predicted to have a 90 degree Christmas — the hottest on record since the 1980s.  Really, Florida?  C’mon..

Even though the temperatures outside weren’t showing it, we were definitely getting in the spirit! Our week started off with spending some quality time with the “Godfather” at our local farmer’s market.  Ella wasn’t so much interested in the market, but more-so running around and attempting to climb this giant tree.  She had a blast.

We also found a new park (!) — one that actually has an area for little ones under 5 years old.  We haven’t found one since we left Jacksonville, so this was huge for us — and Ella had a ball!  The park seemed to be on Christmas overload — there was a huge tree in the center of the park and all the trees were covered in Christmas lights. Ella loved it, especially the tree!

We also made treats for Daddy’s work!  We made several types of cookies and one of my favorite things to make: cupcakes in a jar — we call them “emjays.” We made two kinds: Red Velvet with Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting and Chocolate Cake with Fudge Frosting/Peppermint crumbles. They were delicious and everyone seemed to enjoy them!

Momma and Dada also attempted to plan a visit for Ella to meet Santa Claus for the first time.  It was almost doomed at the start: our Christmas outfits were all long sleeved, pants, heavy (and HOT!) dresses.  Being that it is Florida — and 90+ degrees — I had to be quick on my feet and improvise a new outfit for the girl to wear.

She was cute as a button, for sure.  We went to meet Santa at Disney Springs, which was awesome and so festive. However, she was NOT having it.  It wasn’t that she was afraid of Santa, she was just more interested in running around and looking at other people than sitting on this guy’s lap. Maybe next year. 🙂

We wrapped up the week by enjoying a very brief bout of cooler weather.  It was lovely being outside and watching our girl have fun, roll around in the grass, and cloud-watch. She always knows how to remind me to put things in perspective — this life is truly awesome.

We hope everyone has an amazing week!  Looking forward to spending time with our lovely family, eating delicious food, and seeing our little bean’s face on Christmas morning when she opens her presents!! 🙂

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