She did the Nativity Play in Joy School, and she was quoting much of the play word for word. (I would have added the play video clip a while ago, but it was too long.) We then had to all sing “In a Little Stable” I guess we are doing something right as parents. It was a really sweet experience and it felt good to know that she truly understood that Christmas is more than just presents and Santa.
We were also getting ready for Santa that evening. She had been saying for a couple days that she was going to wake up and see Santa. As we were trying to explain to her that Santa is so quiet that she wont hear him, she replied, “So, but I’ll hear his reindeer on the roof going clip clop clip clop! Reindeer are loud.” She said it so matter of factly and I guess you can’t fault her logic. I can’t even count all the songs, stories, and movies that mentioned reindeer paws on rooftops! One of the presents we got for Isabelle were movie tickets and a promise of a Mommy Daughter Day to go to the movies and see the Princess and the Frog. She had been asking for a while to see it and didn’t understand why we couldn’t just get the movie from netflicks. After the movie I asked her if she liked her Christmas present and the Mommy Daughter time. She sweetly, truthfully responded, “Yes, but I really really love the present Daddy made me, and Abinadi loves it too.” Awwww! I’m not the jealous type when it comes to the love and appreciation in our family. It just truly touched my heart that Isabelle really loved and appreciated the cradle that Uriah made for her. I couldn’t wait to hurry home and tell Uriah what she had said.
This is Isabelle reading to her "Baby Pinkie" in her Daddy's Gift. I am so blessed to have a husband so talented to be able to make a cradle from no plans in a day, to make this Christmas special for our daughter.
This is why Isabelle said that Abinadi loved the gift also. He wouldn't stop climbing in and out of it. He would throw Isabelle's dolls out, and grab a toy, or my shoe, and climb in and sit. He was having a blast!
Hope your Christmas was as special and full of love as ours was! We missed all of you at this special time!
With Love, from the Orlands!