{WHW}: Winter Break 2017

It's been so long since I've been here because I was soaking up my Winter Break and enjoying baby snuggles and play time, not working, visiting family, and Ella's first Christmas!

Here's what we were up to (be prepared for pics and cuteness):

~HH with my friend--so nice to get out of the house, and MG handled bedtime alone, like a champ!
~Before the weekend, my mom came over and we did an early Christmas with her including opening Ella's presents and going out to dinner. Someone was very excited about her new toys, and the new chair she got from us (so cute)!
~Saturday we drove up to PA in the morning. Luckily it was overcast which made for good napping weather for Ella.
~On Christmas Eve we had lunch with MG's good friend from HS and his son, and found out that they are expecting their second in June!
~That evening, we attended Christmas mass, and Ella managed to keep it together for the whole thing, and then we headed to MG's aunt's house for a short bit just to see some extended family, but we pushed Ella's bedtime and she was letting us know about it haha.
~Christmas morning was so fun--we woke up and went over to my SIL's house and opened presents. Ella was wide eyed at everything, and enjoyed opening her presents (read: attempting to eat the tissue paper lol). She got a lot of cute outfits, new toys, and books! Spoiled for sure!
~We came back to my SIL's that night for Christmas dinner with the rest of our family and opened more presents, played, ate (my BIL is an amazing cook), and then we had to head home early because of Ella's bedtime. She also started having separation anxiety so I had an extra 16 pounds on me the whole night lol
~We stayed in PA until Thursday morning. It was nice to casually hang out with the family, run errands, go see a movie--my first since before Ella! (We saw Jumanji and I we all really liked it). All too soon, we were packing up our car (to the gills because of all the stuff!!!) and heading home. 
~MG took off the whole week so we got 10 whole days together which was incredible. We had a dinner time playdate at my good friend's house, and went out to dinner with our friends who have almost 2 year old twins on New Years Eve (it was a 5pm dinner lol).
In between all of that, Ella turned 8 months old. Not sure how that's possible, but she is starting to make moves to crawl, eating 3 meals a day (now that I was home to try and do it, and she wasn't sick), rolling around, smiling up a storm, and just being the best little baby we could ask for.
Otherwise, we've just enjoyed our time away from stress, work and sicknesses! Hoping we can keep the sickies at bay for a while!!

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  1. Oooo I just know your Christmas was extra special this year with that little cutie around!! Kids really make the holidays so much better! Looks like you packed in alot of fun over break!

  2. Ella is at such a fun age!! I know this was your best Christmas yet having her here!!

  3. Glad to hear you liked Jumanji, I've been wondering how the remake is. And yay Ella getting through Christmas mass like a champ! Happy New Year <3
    Green Fashionista

  4. Looove the antler and the family pic of you 3 is my fav! Cheers to the new year friend! xo

  5. First Christmases are awesome but they just keep getting better and better. Enjoy the last little bit of your break! Happy New Year!

  6. Glad you took the time away from the blog to enjoy the break! Looks like amazing memories were made!!! XOXO, R

  7. Awwww! She looks so cute in her chair. It's nice to take some time away from blogging. I did the same thing and it was great.

  8. It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday! Ella is just as cute as can be! First Christmases are so special!

  9. What a fun Christmas for all of you!! So glad ya'll were able to spend lots of time away from work together :)

  10. Having MG home for 10 days is such a blessing. We have the same reindeer ears that Ella is wearing. WE rocked them on Christmas Day as well. I love all the Ella photos! Christmas through a child's eyes is the best!

  11. It looks like Ella had the best first Christmas!! It's always so nice to have a break a spend it with family.
    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  12. I love these pictures! What a wonderful holiday!

  13. I'm so glad she had a great first Christmas! What special memories!


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