Since we’re heading back to England for Christmas this year, we had lunch with a family friend (Karli) yesterday and opened a couple of presents while we are still in Florida.
We’re very thankful to have such generous people in Ellie’s life, and we truly appreciate anyone who wishes to buy her a gift.
With that in mind though, we’re not raising Ellie in a “conventional” fashion and there are certain things that we’d rather Ellie did not have, or that she simply cannot have.
These mainly revolve around our desire to raise a low-media, vegan, creative, intelligent child. Continue reading “Thoughts on buying gifts for Ellie”
I took the opportunity to use my own Christmas present (a new flash for my DSLR) to take pictures of Ellie among her own Christmas presents.
The past two years, Marti and I have gone to Mount Dora a weekend or two before Christmas, as a little getaway. It also helped us to get a bit more in the Christmas spirit, as that can be hard when it’s 80+ degrees outside: Mt Dora is quite a small little town in central Florida, which goes all out for Christmas and it’s a nice place to kick back and get festive.
This year, we had no intention of stopping that tradition, so we invited Marti’s mom along and the four of us enjoyed a nice little weekend. We stayed at Maison en Ville, which is an excellent little B and B, downtown, within walking distance of all the town’s offerings.
Since Ellie’s maternal family is of German heritage, their tradition is to open gifts on Christmas Eve (cheating in my opinion :P), so today, we’re heading to Oma’s to open presents and enjoy Christmas festivities. Happy Christmas to all of Ellie’s family, both in the UK, and the US x x x x
We ventured back from Mount Dora today, hosted a baby shower, and finally went to Marti’s aunt’s house to see some family and friends, and Ellie was pooped by the end of the day, such that she fell asleep in my arms, which she very rarely does.
Since it’s somewhat cool this evening, Marti, Ellie and I took a walk around Lake Pasadena to see the nice houses with their Christmas lights.
Yesterday, we went on the hunt for a Christmas tree, and Ellie made sure to participate in the selection process. It turned out quite nice in the end, we think.