Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve this year. I spent the day making cookies and rolls. When evening came around, we went around to all of our neighbors homes and gave them cookies. Last year we caroled, but this time we just chatted with the neighbors a little more instead. It was great. 

Then we loaded up the kids and headed to the Allen's for Christmas Eve dinner. We had a really lovely evening with them. We rolled out cookie dough and the kids cut out some sugar cookies. Then we ate a delicious dinner of chicken cordon bleu, salad, and rolls. We used fancy china and it just felt really nice being there. The Allens are definitely our family away from family and I really just love them.

After dinner we acted out the nativity and sang some Christmas hymns. Kate was Mary, Lincoln was baby Jesus, Josi was an angel, Lucy was a sheep, and Owen was a wise man. We finished off the night decorating our sugar cookies and then headed home.

 Once we got home, my kids let me read them our Christmas poem and then we each opened up one present- our Christmas pajamas. This year the whole family got matching pajamas, which was pretty hilarious, and Kyle got a selfie-stick as a white elephant gift so we were able to get a little family picture.  All the kids slept downstairs together and Kyle and I stayed up late wrapping presents.  It was a wonderful evening.

    

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Gingerbread houses

The kids begged all month to do gingerbread houses. I don't know why I was saving it. Next year I should just do it early in the month. But the kids loved it and basically ate the whole thing within 3 days.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

December

A lot of December was spent sitting around nursing my baby. A lot of family time.  We had a ward Christmas party.  I went to Josi's class party.  I did a lot of online Christmas shopping.  I did a lot of cleaning and packing and wrapping.  Another great month.  Also, look at Lucy's shoes.  I love her.   I caught Owen making himself a sandwich.  I thought it was pretty awesome.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Oh Christmas Tree!

This year is the first year we were going to celebrate Christmas Day ON Christmas Day at our own home with our own family. Since we were going to have time and be here for the whole Christmas season, I wanted to focus on some new traditions and some fun outings (with no pressure of continuing them of course! haha). So instead of getting our tree from Sherm's parking lot we decided to drive out to a tree farm and cut down a tree. We had a fun time picking it out, swinging on the tree at the farm, and especially coming home for some much anticipated hot chocolate. That night we attended Kate's dance recital, and the next day, on Sunday, after church we had our first annual "Tree decorating party." We got yummy appetizers and turned on some Christmas music and decorated the tree all evening. The kids loved it. And the only picture of the tree I got is the fuzzy picture of Lincoln with the tree in the background!

Friday, December 4, 2015

My baby at 3 months

This boy is a real joy to our family.  Also, sometimes he scratches his face in the night and it looks like he wrestled a cat.