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!
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.
After a quick change, we were ready for the day!
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.
Olivia had some as well and approved. Pasteles? Not so much.
Before dinner, we opened some of the presents for Olivia.
She was into the wrapping paper for a little bit and then would move on to something else.
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.
She also got to spend some quality time with the grandparents.
This little lady is one happy gal.
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.
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.
Once the grandparents left, we finished wearing Olivia out before it was time for bed.
And on to the next set of Christmas pjs.
Once she went to bed, Ryan and I placed the gifts under the tree and got ready for the next day.
Since we were in no hurry, we had breakfast before settling down to open presents.
She had many gifts from our family that loves her so much. She opened gifts from aunts, grandparents and great aunts.
Inspecting each one.
Climbing on boxes.
Waiting patiently for dada to get the toys assembled for her.
She got a car…
… a purse…
… a drum…
… and a ball pit, among other gifts.
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.
From our family to yours ¡Feliz Navidad!