Finally... we are up to the last week of 2012! Let's start with Christmas Eve.
Of course there was the traditional Christmas Eve program in New Jersey. With Matt's sister and her family joining the East Coast ranks this year, there were lots of extra performers.
Ella played her violin and despite our wild applause, burst into tears afterwards because she forgot the ending. That sweet kid just breaks my heart sometimes. She is truly becoming quite a lovely violinist and I assured her that she should be proud of herself.
Claire, on the other hand, refused to perform her "violin demonstration" at all. Stinker. And since she's only two, Lucy got a pass to just sit, look cute, and fawn all over her baby cousin Lily.
Matt and I truly stepped up our acts this year. I wrote (with Matt's help) and recited my own version of "The Night Before Christmas." Usually Matt just sings "Jingle Bells" with the girls, but this year he performed a vocal solo of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" using a different accent for each verse. It was somewhat politically incorrect and completely hysterical. Lucy pulls up the video on my iPhone every chance she gets and it brings me to tears pretty much every time I watch it.
After the program and our second annual Christmas Eve BBQ dinner (shipped straight from Texas), it was home to leave milk and cookies for Santa and go to bed.
Christmas Day is one of the few times where I take hardly any photos. This is one of the only pictures I have from the day of Lucy wearing the fairy costume that was a gift from my mom (she put it on immediately upon opening it). It was a lovely, happy holiday though, despite the lack of photographic evidence. Ella's favorite gifts were her Nintendo DS and LEGO Creator set. Claire loved her jewelry box and fairy book. And Lucy was mostly just thrilled to rip open presents regardless of what was inside. And honestly, my kids loved staying in their pajamas all day more than anything else. It's one of the things they look forward to most about Christmas!
The day after Christmas, we left Lucy with a sitter and headed into the city to see Annie on Broadway.
And to end the year, we finally got a little bit of snow. It wasn't much, but it was enough to go sledding in the backyard and make snowballs with our new snowball maker (which was surprisingly effective!). I think this was the first time that Lucy actually enjoyed the snow. She loved screaming at the top of her lungs every time she went sledding down the hill with Matt.