Eliana thoroughly enjoyed her first Christmas...
well if christmas eve was fantastic, then christmas day really takes the cake. this was one of the mellowest holidays i've had in a long time and i have to say, i am way down with mellow holidays. the three of us woke up and while elie and jeff snuggled and hung out in bed, i made a big pot of coffee and a delicious lemon poppyseed loaf. by the way, i never really bake, but lately i'm feeling like it's my responsibility as a mama to care more about baked goods in the home. this morning was an excellent example of the new culinary path of mine. i put the bread and some fruit out on the coffee table, poured some fresh squeezed oj and coffee, and got myself ready for the day ahead. mort and roseann arrived and i fixed them up with good stuff, ever ready to be the christmas hostest with the mostest. the gift opening went well. not too much stuff, not a frenzy filled, paper tearing fest, just a nice, go around the circle sort of present time. and of course, eliana made out the most with all sorts of fantabulous new accessories to her already fantabulous life. after presents, we decided to head up to lolo pass to do some cross country skiing. lolo pass is one of my favorite spots around here, and being that i'm the xxskiier in the family, i was super excited. risk-taker roseann had rented a pair of skis the day before and morty was planning on just laying low in the visitor's center. the drive was beautiful and soon enough we were at our spot. while jeffy strapped eliana to his chest, i tried to give roseann a little lesson. i basically told her to walk slowly. she then took one big lunge forward and promptly had her first fall. xx skis are slippery lil suckers the first few times you experience them. i did, indeed, make many a fall the first time i embarked on this sporting adventure. so i wasn't too worried. but then in order to get to the trails which are basically flat, you have to go down this little mini-hill. a mini-hill that can be a bit intimidating. so while i tried to coach her down, i saw that she was slowly losing control. next thing i knew, her bottom was in the snow and her head snapped back, hitting the ground last. yikes. this is the time when you ask the person their name and address and sure as hell hope that they can answer you correctly. thankfully, she did. at which point jeffy came to see how his mommy was, with his little one screaming her head off in the ergo. all of us were on skis and sort of wiggling our way through this little scenario. so we decided to make a change of plans. roseann would join morty and hang with eliana. i would get a quick ski in. and jeff would ski out of bounds with the doggies who are illegal on the groomed trails. ready, break! we all did our respective things and i was afforded a bit of time to reflect on my year and all the wonder that is currently my life. all's well that end's well!
we headed back down the mountain and broke up for a bit. i did a few more preparations for dinner and then drew myself a nice, hot, eliana-less bath. i've sort of forgotten how much i love to bathe without my daughter. i mean, there's probably nothing sweeter than bathing with her, but i do enjoy a bit of lavender oil and a trashy magazine in the tub now and then. and that was the super time out i had. then we went up to the folks house for a delicious steak dinner (i had been marinating the meat for 36 hours - definitely the way to go). this meal was extra special because eliana joined us at the table. not on the table or on one of us, but in her very own, proper chair. she even had a piece of pear from the salad to fondle and occasionally suck on (though she was much more into sucking on the tray itself). eliana was chipper and chatty the throughout the whole meal, really adding her two cents worth to the conversation (when, of course, she wasn't tray sucking).
she managed to fall asleep while we were watching some horrible billy bob thorton santa movie on tv and actually stayed asleep through the car ride home. now it's late and i'm madly blogging while jeff tries to assemble eliana's "exersaucer" (and i said i didn't want plastic crap hanging around my house! well after she tried it out at her buddy's place and hung solo for an hour bopping around in the thing, we had to get one...or, at least ask for one from santa, aka, grandma). unfortunately, these swell devices for small children do not come assembled and neither hubby or i are really the follow directions and build things type. i certainly am not. jeff's doing just great though. he's currently pacing through screws and little bits of brightly colored plastic parts trying to navigate his way towards completion so the little one can "exersauce" in the morning.
so there ya have it. our first christmas with the baby. i couldn't have hoped for anything more lovely.
the live version of the tray sucking and table babble is here for your viewing pleasure. happy holidays!