Christmas madness + a sneak peek

I really hope all of you had a great time this holiday season. I know I did, despite the craziness of it all!

Every year for Christmas Eve, we drive up to Apple Valley (my hometown) and spend Christmas with our families. So rather than drive back Christmas morning for our Armstrong Christmas, we decided to do our on Friday night. Since this was Leia’s first Christmas and Malakai is finally old enough to (sort of) understand the concept, I really wanted it to be special. I’m a very sentimental person, yeahsowhat. So Friday afternoon we were all waiting for Ian to get home before we opened presents. And of course, silly me, I didn’t think that Malakai would be so eager that he would just open them when I wasn’t looking. DUH, ALYSSA. That’s like Mommy 101! Needless to say, he opened his presents before Ian got home. I was so upset! Still, his reaction to the Rock Star Mickey Mouse that we got him was priceless. He gasped and screamed, “MICKEY MOUSE!”. It was super cute.:)

I’m a total sap when it comes to Christmas. Especially now that I have children of my own. This year was a hard, though. Not only is this the first Christmas without my grandpa, but everything has been a little crazy ever since my nana’s heart attack. My favorite Christmas memories are with my nana. She always made the best tamales, and had the BEST Christmas decorations. We were all really hoping to get her home before Christmas, but she wasn’t ready yet. Still, the most important part is that she is still with us. The doctors were initially expecting the worst. She has been getting better every single day and we are so thankful. And the best news of all? She should be coming home within the next couple days! Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and prayers.:)

Now I will share a sneak peek of my latest photo shoot! Meet little Stella! This cutie will be turning ONE soon! More up on the blog later this week.

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