Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year! Christmas eve we decided to have a surprise for Cortney - to go ice skating! We talked to her earlier in the day and asked her if she had ever gone ice skating, to which she replied, "No, I just practice on the kitchen floor in my socks." and "When can we go mom?" I told her we probably had to wait until she was older. Which she is used to hearing since she always asks if she can do anything I do like driving, cutting with a sharp knife, etc.
So later in the day we got her all bundled up and told her we were going to a surprise, she got very excited! Chris wanted to wear the scarf I made him so of course wanting to be like her daddy she wanted to wear a scarf too, so I let her wear the one I made for myself...looks like I need to make another one! The drive was about 20 minutes or so, and it was to a park Cortney had been to a couple times. She got a little excited when we pulled up, "I like this one mom!" Then I told her we were not going to the park, and she just looked confused.
I told her to look over there (pointing at the little rink) and asked her what they were doing. After she found out we were going ice skating all she could say is, "I want to try! I want to try!" pulling our arms hard speed walking towards the rink.
I have one word how the whole thing went down: DRAMA! I will give her props, after the first couple of toys we put in the bag she did much better and even picked some to put in herself with out any help from us! But one of the first things we did was go over to her stuffed animals (since she has so many) and I asked her about the ones I know she doesn't play much with, since she was starting to have a meltdown. I picked up one in particular that I have never seen her play with and asked, "how about this one honey?" She got very dramatic and said "That is my only daughter, and I love her!" Then started sobbing. Oh goodness, but like I said towards the end she got much better at choosing ones to give away. Maybe next year Santa will have to deliver the bag a couple days early to give her some more time to think about it.
Next on to food. So I just realized I didn't take any pictures of me with my presents! Oops! I got some fun kitchen toys, my favorite was a Belgian waffle maker...LOVE! It is the kind that flips over and you can cook one on one side and one on the other...awesome, plus it made amazing waffles for Christmas morning!
We have been planning for a couple months to make sushi Christmas day for lunch! A little intimidating, here is the first roll I made...