Sunday, December 21, 2014

{Big December Recap}

You don't realize how much you actually cram into the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas until you go to blog about it .... and it seems like a huge task!  I'm 6 months behind on this here blog (currently it's the end of June 2015 and I have a newborn!), but I'm plugging along, mostly unsuccessfully.  Anyhow, December was great.  It's Trevor's favorite time of year for sure, and a close second to summer for me.

Santa Cop Drive
In order to try get into the spirit of giving instead of receiving, we spent one afternoon buying toys and gifts for a toy drive hosted by our neighborhood HOA one of the police officer's in our ward (and neighborhood).  Santa and the police escort takes Santa around to all the neighborhood to collect the toys/gifts and take pictures with the kids. I'm not a big fan of our HOA, but this activity that they host is wonderful!  

Winter Orchestra Concert
Carson rockin' it out on the cello...really improving!  

Nephew Caden's Baptism
The first Saturday in December we headed to Vancouver to witness my nephew Caden's baptism. It was such a great day filled with lots of family time and one special boy!  

Polar Express Train Ride
After the baptism, Becca helped arrange a Polar Express train ride in Portland.  Such a fun time on a real steam engine train!!

Goodwins came with us too and we all met up at Burgerville after the train ride...yum!!

Journey to Bethlehem
It was our second year attending this live nativity exhibit in Auburn.  We met up with a couple families this year (Shakespeares and Carvers).  We barely managed to escape the rain!!  

Gingerbread Houses
Wouldn't be Christmas if we didn't have gingerbread houses!  

Reflections Winner
 Addison's photography entry for the school Reflection contest made it to the district level. We spent one evening at the exhibit showing all the winners.  

Preschool Program
Always a holiday favorite for me.  Miles loved all these songs but he got a little shy when it came time to perform. He is the sweetest to watch!!

Visiting Santa
Of course we had to visit Santa and mail letters to the North pole.  Our favorite Santa that has been in all the kids' Santa pictures for 6 years, moved to the fair grounds and you can actually make an appointment to get your pictures taken. Genius! Plus all kinds of fun things to do at the "North Pole"!

Miles was still too scared to sit on Santa's lap.  

Piano Guys Concert
I surprised Carson with tickets to the Piano Guys (he loves their music and videos).   It was fantastic!!! And we loved the holiday selections.  

Online shopping took on a whole new meaning this year.

Snowflake Lane
Our 3rd? year attending Snowflake Lane in Bellevue.  I love how festive this night is and how the city pumps in artificial snow to spray from the rooftops.  The Carvers joined us and we all had a blast.  

White Elephant Party
We hosted another holiday white elephant party again this year. Super fun, as always.  

The nutcracker is a must each year.  We invited Rylan to come with Addison and I and he really enjoyed it!!

Primary Cookie Party
And I hosted another cookie decorating party this year for all the primary.  They decorated a cookie and had hot cocoa...easiest activity ever.  

Fantasy Lights
One evening we drove around the Fantasy Light park. Miles loves his chance sitting in the front seat while dad drives (less than 5mph). The bigger kids had their heads out the sunroof (even in the rain).  

Charlie Brown Christmas
We met up with all the family in town for Christmas to attend "Charlie Brown's Christmas" as the local Tacoma children's theater.  Other than Miles being really disappointed that we weren't going on a "plane" ...but that we were seeing a "play", it was really cute and short and fun. 

Phew! Jam packed month of December!! 


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