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2017 WENDY CORREEN SMITH. Powered by Blogger.


First Christmas

On Christmas morning I woke up before my loves. They stayed cozy in bed with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, while I sipped coffee at the kitchen table gazing at the twinkling tree. All I could think about over & over again was how long I prayed for that morning. Waking up on Christmas morning as a mommy was definitely one of the best days of my life, and certainly the best Christmas of my life!

Ryan surprised me with a video camera and a tripod. We were able to record the entire morning & I know we'll cherish the memories we have recorded forever. We sat on the floor in our jammies listening to Christmas carols as Magnolia ripped her ribbons and paper off each gift.

The first gift she opened was a wooden peg & hammer set. She would have been completely happy with that as her one & only gift. She was so caught up in playing with it, and specifically the blue peg, that we really had to encourage her to open the other gifts. 

Magnolia got her fur sister Mrs. a box of cheddar + bacon strips (her all time favorite treat) & peanut butter cookies from a local pet bakery! We thought Mrs. might be nice to her for the day, since she got her a gift, but that wasn't the case.

My first Christmas gift from Magnolia, wrapped so pretty by her daddy. Funny story, Ryan had to watch a few YouTube videos on How To Wrap a Gift. And he did a great job!

Her little piggy rocker was her "big" gift & she still has some growing to do before she can climb on and off of it. She was all giggles for her first ride! 

My only caption for this photo is "sibling rivalry!" Magnolia's face & Mrs face, both have me giggling each time I look at this photo. This is them, always.

My common days are full of thanksgiving because of these three! Forever grateful for this sweet little family of mine.

After we opened all our gifts Ryan made us the most delicious breakfast sandwiches. We showered & got dressed in our Christmas clothes. We had lunch at my in-laws & dinner at my sister's house. It was a day full of family, food, & love as we celebrated the birthday of our Savior!

Ryan spoiled me this Christmas, as he always does. Of all the gifts he's ever given me, this little baby girl is by far the best. She's almost a year old & there are still days that I think "oh my goodness, I'm a MOMMY!" I'm in a constant state of awe with her. 

On the drive home from my sister's house we were fully prepared for Magnolia to cry the whole way home. She was exhausted from the full day of new toys & Christmas magic, plus it was well past her bedtime. To our surprise she crashed out for the entire drive home. Ryan and I were able to talk about the day & go down a long list of all we have to be grateful for. I asked him what was his favorite part of the day. He said when Magnolia & I came to the bedroom to wake him up as I had Magnolia jumping on the bed saying "SANTA CAME" over & over. We have many sweet memories from this day that will warm our hearts forever. 

There is a small part of me that is sad our first Christmas with Magnolia is already over. I'm going to miss the twinkling tree, Christmas movies, & excuses to eat unlimited amounts of sugar. I do however have a feeling that Santa Paws will continue to be played into the New Year. There is much joy in the anticipation of such a big day. All the reasons to be merry & kind I hope to carry on each day of the New Year. I also have a Swan Lake inspired first birthday party to plan for our babe. It is bittersweet putting the details for her big day together. Good news though, the last cinnamon roll was eaten this morning! 

I hope you enjoy every last minute of 2017! Love xo The Smiths
Wendy Correen Smith
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