Olivia’s First Christmas

It wasn’t a white Christmas, but it was definitely special. We celebrated Olivia’s first holidays at our home and I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed as I played Santa and placed the gifts under the tree. She doesn’t even know what’s going on, but it’s still pretty exciting for us. Warning: picture overload!

Friday night, she went to bed wearing one of her new Christmas pjs. My little candy cane!

Xmas eve eve pjs

Saturday, we hung out and got ready, as Ryan’s parents made their way over to spend the day with us. Olivia, of course, entertained herself by opening a drawer and removing its contents.

Xmas eve morning

After a quick change, we were ready for the day!

Xmas fam

This was my first year trying to make pernil, the traditional Christmas meal in Puerto Rico. Basically, it’s a roasted pork butt, but with the skin on, so it creates this amazing crackling on the top and it’s just delicious. I also made arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) and pasteles (these came pre-made from PR). It was amazing and now I know I can special order this cut of met and that my cooking skills are pretty respectable.

pernil cena

Olivia had some as well and approved. Pasteles? Not so much.

OMA pernil

Before dinner, we opened some of the presents for Olivia.

OMA wrapping paper

She was into the wrapping paper for a little bit and then would move on to something else.




OMA moving on

Once the presents were opened and we ate dinner, it was time to play with the gifts. Ryan and her had some fun playing around the new tent.

OMA tent

She also got to spend some quality time with the grandparents.

OMA w grandparents

This little lady is one happy gal.

OMA happy

One funny thing she’s been doing lately? She started biting down on food and makes funny faces when they’re a bit hard. She’s obviously doing it on purpose because it probably feels pretty good now that she’s teething. No matter, than face always puts a smile on mine.

Scrunch face

We also got to spend some time with Tucker and we loved every second of it. Makes us really miss having a dog in the house.

Ryan n Tucker

Once the grandparents left, we finished wearing Olivia out before it was time for bed.

new stroller

And on to the next set of Christmas pjs.

xmas eve pjs

Once she went to bed, Ryan and I placed the gifts under the tree and got ready for the next day.

Xmas tree w presents

Since we were in no hurry, we had breakfast before settling down to open presents.

ready to begin

She had many gifts from our family that loves her so much. She opened gifts from aunts, grandparents and great aunts.

more wrapping paper

Inspecting each one.

here fishy fishy

Climbing on boxes.

climbing on presents

Waiting patiently for dada to get the toys assembled for her.

assembly recquired

She got a car…

beep beep

… a purse…

ohh a purse

… a drum…

rom pom pom pom

… and a ball pit, among other gifts.

OMA ball pit fun

The rest of the day was spent playing and playing and playing among facetimes here and there. It was a great first Christmas with Olivia. We felt how loved she is and can’t help but be so appreciative of our family and their kindness.

OMA feliz navidad

From our family to yours ¡Feliz Navidad!

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