Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas 2011

We finished up the last of our Christmas celebrations yesterday.  I love Christmas..the presents, the family time, the baking, the smell of pine trees and cinnamon....all of it. Most of all, (although it can be difficult at times) teaching my children and celebrating the birth of our Saviour.

We celebrated on Christmas Eve with my mom, step dad and little sisters.

On our way home from my moms we had to make a quick stop at the store for a stocking stuffer I thought I forget to get but turns out I didn't actually forget! Brian ended up helping a man in the parking lot get his truck running and by the time we got home everyone was exhausted. It was worth it because who would ever want to be stuck somewhere on Christmas Eve!

Our Christmas Eve tradition is to open 2 presents, jammies and a game. This year we opened the presents but skipped playing the game. The kids were sound asleep as soon as their head hit their pillows! Like every year, Brian and I stayed up late wrapping presents and preparing for a wonderful Christmas morning.


























Christmas morning everyone was up and running at about 7am. So that wasn't too bad. Alyssa wanted to set her alarm for 5am. I had to put my foot down about that one! ;)

We didn't go crazy this year with presents. Every single year I am convicted about presents. I have good intentions and then once I get shopping I go all out and forget about me original "plan". This year we did better though!


Daddy was very impressed by Alyssa's very first scarf! She has been learning to crochet and it doing wonderful. Hopefully soon she will teach me!










We stayed home all day on Christmas. It was really nice to be able to relax and enjoy the day with the kids. Sometimes I feel like through the hustle and bustle the kids kind of get "lost".

On Monday, we had Brian's family out. The kids enjoyed time with their cousins.

The fun of the day was not presents but chicken chasing! Haha....







We had the last of our celebrations yesterday with my family. Hopefully I will get those pictures up soon along with a New Years post!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

This year we didn't cut down our own tree. Hopefully, next year we will. We really prefer to get it that way better. Maybe someday soon we can cut it down from our own woods!

We still had fun picking out the tree. The guys there were really nice and even gave the kids a small tree to plant.



Just pretend you don't so the half painted walls. Keeping it real...I started painting over the summer and didn't like the color so I got a different color and then didn't really like that. Then birthdays happened and school and well you know....life. Maybe soon I will actually find a color I like and finish it!








TA DA!! A beautiful tree!


Brian and I went shopping a few days ago and got most of our Christmas shopping done. We had a wonderful time because the day we went was also my birthday. We went out to eat and shopped! Maybe soon I will blog about our experience eating out. EEK!


 I cant believe we only have 5 days till Christmas! I'm so excited! I love the Christmas Season. :)

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