It doesn't happen most years, but we're having a white Christmas! After days of weatherman speculation, the Big Storm hit this afternoon with snow and lots of wind. It's nasty out! Rachel has probably never seen snow before and is quite fascinated with it. She stood at the window and watched off and on all afternoon.
Katherine bounced off the walls all day. Snow AND Santa are just too much excitement. It was a looooong day. We made snickerdoodles for Santa, listened to Christmas music, and read a lot. Eventually I dug out my old childhood Fisher Price people and both girls were entertained for a while.
It has been so much fun watching Rachel this holiday season. It's her 3rd December, but her first Christmas. She is in awe of it all. She loves the Christmas tree, Christmas lights on houses, pictures of Santa, snowmen, The Grinch, presents, and her Baby Jesus toys. I love her sense of wonder at it all.
Our church was one of only a few in town that did not cancel Christmas Eve services. So, we bundled up and drove through the raging blizzard to church. It was a small, intimate service and was beautiful. Rachel was quiet and relatively still the whole time - a small miracle. She oohed at the music and the candle light. She did try to blow out the candles - her only experience with candles has been on birthday cakes. I loved seeing my girls' faces reflected in the candle light. The past several years I have spent the Christmas Eve service longing for another child. Tonight I feel so blessed....
We came home and opened one present - pajamas, of course! The girls are in bed and Santa is on his way. It will be an early morning tomorrow!