Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Joelle's First Christmas!

Well, Christmas has come and gone in the Lemons' household.  We are currently sitting in a cleaned up house, tree in the attic, toys everywhere, and I am listening to Joelle try to convince Jared to let her sleep on the floor of our bedroom tonight :)  "But, it's Christmas, Papa... I'll scratch your feet...what do you want...cuddles?"

To say our day was anything less than exciting would be an understatement.  Joelle woke up with a huge smile and it stayed there for the entire day.  In her prayers tonight she said, "Jesus, thank you for Christmas and for letting me be in Forney for my first Christmas."  I mean, seriously, just melt my heart.

We had so much fun going 100% overboard for her first Christmas.  But, I must say... it was totally worth it!  That toothless smile was worth a million bucks! 

Here's a little bit of our Christmas action :)

She just adores this Elmo... although she can't say his name for the life of her!
 As Joelle would say... "A bicycle that fits my booty!!"

 Before tearing into our presents :)

 Did you get me Princess Sofia?!
 YAY!  You did!
 The biggest surprise of all was the bounce house that we bought at the last minute.  We saw it online and clicked purchase within an instant.  She loves to cartwheel, roll, and flip so this was the perfect gift for her!  I could literally hear her giggling from inside the house :) 

 After we finished our family Christmas, my parents and sister came over for a little more present-opening!
 She LOVES her "monica" from Poppy!
 But, we weren't finished yet... after lunch it was time to head to Jared's family for MORE Christmastime fun!

 Isn't this the cutest little pillow pallet from her Aunt Li-ia?!  I foresee lots of movie watching in our future!
 And, seriously... because my child is just about as weird as they come, she wanted a Spiderman costume.  She really doesn't know who Spiderman is, but she already loves a good superhero.  Gigi and Poppy got her the costume, and I literally had to pry that sucker off of her.  Don't you just love how she added the bow... too funny!
 Spiderman tending to her baby from Aunt Anna!
 And we couldn't end the night without taking some more family pictures.  

We are just so blessed to have this little girl in our lives.  Everything is so much sweeter with her here.  You might have to force the smile off of my face at this point, because today could not have been anymore perfect than it was!

Oh, and if you were wondering... I have a child sleeping on my floor.  So, her Christmas wish came true :)


  1. I can't believe you took your tree down. I want to leave mine up another month. J is just precious as can be! I LOVE that she is spiderman with a bow! Thanks for being a living testimony of God's grace and perfect plan. I love your sweet family!

  2. Spider man with a bow..too sinkin' cute & funny!! Her day looked absolutely magical. So happy ya'll were able to share today and all of its blessings with that little girl of yours this year!!!

  3. What a perfect day! It looks magical from start to finish. Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

    good enough teacher

  4. What a gift to share Christmas through the eyes of a child. Joel's since of joy brings tears to my eyes as I read through your post. They grow up so fast... Although my 15 year old Torre was too excited yesterday as well. Happy 2014,

  5. AHHH!!! I love it!!! My favorite is the bow on the Spiderman costume. She might be onto something...a Spidergirl costume! :)

  6. She is precious and I love how you can tell how much she enjoyed Christmas. You are such a blessing to her but yet she is such a HUGE blessing to you. God is good!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  7. Sweetest blog ever! I subscribed so I wouldn't miss anything going on in your lives! I get excited when there's a new email from your site and I am often moved to tears when I read of and see the pics of the things y'all much love is expressed just by looking at all of you. So happy that God brought all of you together...btw, I have the inexpressible joy of being a Pre-K4 teacher at a Christian school in the deep South and even after fourteen years of teaching, I still can't believe Jesus let's me do this every day! Sarah Sky