So....life with 4 kids just keeps getting busier and busier, throw in a new calling as Primary President, and add in tax season = blogging didn't make the short list of things to do. But after I printed our 2012 blog book for Christmas last year, it makes me have a renewed effort to capture our memories this way. It's worth it, but hard. And playing catch-up just stinks. But, I'm ready to tackle it the next few weeks.
Here we go...December was filled to the brim with family together-ness. We have so many traditions of things to see and activities to do..it's pretty much impossible to cram it all in. But we did pretty well as I look through all the photos....
We got our beautiful Christmas trees decorated (one fresh tree, see previous post), and one artificial beauty. I LOVE having two trees!
Carson rocked his first orchestra concert on the cello.
Rylan did a lovely joy on his preschool program. He even had a little solo in the Polar Express song. Melt my heart he's so sweet. And Santa even came at the end!
We decorated our gingerbread houses (4 kits from Costco...everyone must have their own now, apparently). Hours of entertainment. They love it.
Our Relief Society dinner was a blast. I love our ward!
I made this new tree skirt. Very little time for home projects these days, but happy to fit this in while catching up on the DVR shows.
An Auburn Adventist church puts on "A Journey to Bethlehem" on their massive property each year. It's a full walk-through story of Christ's birth including major sets, live animals, and dozens of actors. It was our first time attending...it was amazing!
My sweet Activity Day girls came over for a hot cocoa Christmas party. I have love, loved my calling in Activity Days. Seriously best. calling. ever.
We headed up to Seattle to hit two Christmas events in Bellevue with our friends, the Carvers:
Garden D'Lights and Snowflake Lane.
Addy and I went to the Nutcraker with some moms and daughters. Always a festive Christmas activity!
My sister and BIL were in Seattle house shopping, so I took their kids and mine to Fantasy Lights. Everyone got a chance to peek out the sun roof!
I had to pull the kids out of school in order to fit in our traditional Santa picture. We LOVE this Santa and have 5 years worth of pictures with him. I always consider it a miracle to get a decent shot. Notice Miles on the side...he would NOT sit on Santa's lap!
Addy and cousin Claire. Sweeties!
I made dozens of caramel apples for friends and neighbors. A huge undertaking, but I love how they turned out!
We had a late start day when 3 inches of snow fell over night. Kids couldn't have been happier (unless of course school was cancelled completely, but the roads were fine by 9am. Darn.)
These two attended a boy/girl Christmas party at a friend's house. Are they that old???
We attended our Ward Christmas party dinner. The primary kids sang...notice anyone about to advance out of primary?? This pic cracks me up!
Our HOA sent Santa around with a police escort!
We hosted a white elephant exchange Christmas party that was hysterical.
I put up a photo booth at the last minute and it was pretty fun!
I also teach Rylan's class in Primary. We acted out the nativity on the Sunday before Christmas. I sure love these sweet kids!
I had my whole primary class over for hot cocoa and cookies....open house style, which worked perfectly!
And re-used the photo booth with the kids!
And my two darlings! Love them!
And that brings us to Christmas Eve! Phew...this makes me think I didn't sleep at all during December!