flashback to our 1st christmas in the USA

we saw someone driving with reindeer antlers still garnishing their car headlights. morayo-hope swiftly asked "why do they STILL have decorations on their car?! christmas is loooong gone. don't they want to celebrate their birthday...and valentines day?!" . ok then, the christmas police is out in full force and i need to get with the program! i figured i better do a quick christmas recap before january is done with and i can't even mention it anymore!

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so, christmas.

as with every year, i had big plans mostly centreing around me sticking to a budget. and as with every year, i failed in technicolour specularity. morayo-hope's wishlist was 13 items long and i knew we were not buying it all. but i still managed to go off on a tangent. i was happy to see some items on her list that we had already planned to get anyway so i went full throttle for them. and as is always the case with little people, just when i was satisfied that i'd ticked the important boxes, i was hit with: "i know what santa is bringing me. it's on the list i made in school." ummmm...and what did this list consist of: a phone, a walkie talkie doll, and bringing her imaginary friend to life. i immediately made it clear that santa goes with the list written in the home, case closed. judah is much easier as his teacher just told me exactly what he enjoys playing with and that was it.

our christmas tree was nothing to write home about. i had dilly-dallied around the idea of a real tree. i think if you don't get it early - ie, just after thanksgiving - it's a bit pointless. as we travelled just before christmas, i decided on a fake tree. but now i knew i was going to pay a premium for a tree that would be on markdown a week later. so i decided to just go with the little tree that is actually for the kids room! they loved it and ultimately they are who it's for, even though i was highly embarrassed anytime someone came round & felt the need to explain. why do i care so much?! i rushed into pottery barn on christmas eve and picked up some more decorations on sale - i love a bargain & this was my annual tradition at john lewis with morayo-hope. i miss john lewis! 

on christmas eve, morayo-hope made this crib for her new teddy, a gift from her teacher. how happy was i then that i had gone to all the lengths of getting her a proper crib from the uk?! on the other hand i was a bit sad that she wasn't able to enjoy her creative toy a little longer! 

on christmas eve, morayo-hope made this crib for her new teddy, a gift from her teacher. how happy was i then that i had gone to all the lengths of getting her a proper crib from the uk?! on the other hand i was a bit sad that she wasn't able to enjoy her creative toy a little longer! 

her cute new  dolls crib , complete with bedding! 

her cute new dolls crib, complete with bedding! 

she was gifted this  Lundby dollshouse  by her UK bestie last year and we decided to buy some  dolls  and furniture for it for christmas. i'd like to move in there! you can actually get light fittings that will work in there! there's a garden attachment, pool, third floor etc....i'm going to enjoy this so much! oh i mean they, they are going to.....(you can find furniture  here  or  here )

she was gifted this Lundby dollshouse by her UK bestie last year and we decided to buy some dolls and furniture for it for christmas. i'd like to move in there! you can actually get light fittings that will work in there! there's a garden attachment, pool, third floor etc....i'm going to enjoy this so much! oh i mean they, they are going to.....(you can find furniture here or here)

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in honour of our stroopwafel-fest in United airlines, santa stashed some in her stocking :-0)

in honour of our stroopwafel-fest in United airlines, santa stashed some in her stocking :-0)

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christmas day itself was fun! we had kola's brother  busoye, and my cousin tafara staying with us! i always have this plan that gifts will be opened gradually through the day but they are always opened within 30 minutes of people waking up. both kids were ecstatic at what they got, and i was dumbfounded when i opened a spa day voucher from kola. i wasn't expecting anything as we mostly make it about the kids. our neighbours invited us for a ghanaian christmas feast, so we sauntered across in the afternoon and we ate till our bellies nearly popped! we had the best time eating and dancing. this was the first christmas in a long time where i didn't cook and it was just so nice! 

judah loves coming into the kitchen to "help" me chop vegetables. now he has his  own set  to get on with!

judah loves coming into the kitchen to "help" me chop vegetables. now he has his own set to get on with!

the. best. gift. ever. these  magnatiles  are officially judah's but both kids can play with them for hours! we even get stuck in. they are awesome.

the. best. gift. ever. these magnatiles are officially judah's but both kids can play with them for hours! we even get stuck in. they are awesome.

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reading our card from morayo-hope & she snapped this picture. i always wear this red dress on christmas day!

reading our card from morayo-hope & she snapped this picture. i always wear this red dress on christmas day!

and ofcourse there's always that one gift both kids fight over. this year it was this  dentist playdough set . officially morayo-hope's but.....

and ofcourse there's always that one gift both kids fight over. this year it was this dentist playdough set. officially morayo-hope's but.....

judah triumphed! sigh..

judah triumphed! sigh..

then it snowed and the kids couldn't wait to get outside! 

then it snowed and the kids couldn't wait to get outside! 

unfortunately here in the US boxing day isn't a holiday so Kola was back to work the next day and normalcy resumed. that was the toughest thing to get my head around. we were so spoilt in the UK. sigh! hope you had a lovely christmas day!

Tanaka

xoxo

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