Sunday, January 3, 2010

December in pictures

Sorry... trying to play catch-up. I'm a little behind so I'm just going to throw you a few pictures.

December has had some very lovely weather which, for us, meant a lot of back yard play! We finally have lots of grass out back and an awesome swing-set. We also have a gorgeous patio (picture to come later!) that is used all the time!We had some fun setting up the Christmas tree, I wish I would have gotten a picture of the outside of our house at night before taking it all down- with the white lights up and our window open with the tree lit, it was GORGEOUS! *Notice the tree on the table?? It was a genius idea stolen from my mom's charlie brown tree so that Jack would not kill himself pulling the tree on top of himself. It worked perfectly!! Lacy's preschool party. She was so excited-- we dressed up her broken thumb with cute fabric and a silk flower. It was hilarious and she loved showing it off- I wish I would have gotten a picture of that! :)

I spent a lot of time this year home-making Christmas gifts. One because it is more cost efficient and also because I think it is more heart-felt and so much fun! In addition to these adorable clothes-pin dolls, about 50 necklaces, and this apron, I also made my kids these adorable backpacks they absolutely love, some blinged out note-pads (thanks Krista for that idea), and a ton of different treats in the kitchen. Home-made gifts are one of my favorite parts about the holidays. It makes me sooo happy!! This is grandpa, my mom and all her sisters and the famous Christmas eve-eve party. I didn't get any pictures that night (thanks Toni for this one) the night was fantastic, the food divine, the company pleasant and the sister singing worth the year wait. I already can't wait for next year!

Christmas eve with Shawn's family was perfect. Then after our own family time Christmas morning we went back for breakfast and was surprised when Ryan and Krista and their family showed up right when we were about to eat. It was awesome! I seriously was getting so excited I almost cried, it was like something from a Hallmark movie when the walked in and surprised us all -especially since mom had cooked a delicious FEAST and was gracious and just kept cooking, all excited when they arrived.

Christmas day at the Fullers was tons of fun as well. We had fun exploding things and playing with trains. My parents got enough trains for each kid to have their own remote and enough track to cover the whole family room floor. It is now the big hit and Samuel has to compete for the kids attention :) We had a ton of fun at their house, kids and adults alike! They (my parents and Grandpa) spoiled us with tons of food storage and a wheat grinder. We got our pantry all organized, its awesome - I'll blog about that another day!
Santa spoiled our kids with lots of toys too!! An Escalade and lots of games/ toys/ cars and more!!
with all of this, we did not forget the true reason for celebrating. We are so grateful and aware of the Savior in our lives. We are blessed beyond measure and thank our Heavenly Father every day for sending His son and for all He has given us.
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Happy 2010!!!


brownymama said...

Looks like December turned out alright. I would have loved to see a pic of Lacy's thumb all dressed up! I'm glad you were all happy that we showed up. I was afraid we would be annoying showing up at mealtime. (: Love ya!

mimi said...

You are amazing! We did have wonderful holidays!