We've had a good Christmas this year. We've done some fun things. So here is a recap before I put our Christmas decorations away and begin making plans for the New Year:)
Monday, December 20 Brett and Tobe went shopping for their Christmas presents and then went to the Pacers game. The girls stayed home and had pizza, ice cream and a slumber party.
We did save a place at our party for Dad and Tobe.
Tobe had lost his tooth that day so the tooth fairy found him in the basement and left him a dollar:)
Wednesday, December 22 we awarded the best decorated house. We love this tradition. We drive around and look at lights and then leave a wrapped gingerbread house kit for the best house. We then come home and make our own gingerbread house.
Thursday, December 23 we had some friends come over for a holiday party. Food, decorating cookies, games and more.
Then we did a "dutch present" (which is what my family called it but I'm not sure why-we googled it and it can't be found) It's hard to explain but I loved it growing up and I think the kids here loved it as well. It's a fun tradition.
I think I've been a little extra homesick this year so I had to squeeze in a few traditions that I was missing from home. Luckily my friends understood and supported me in my efforts:)
Friday, December 24 we went to see the movie Tangled and ate dinner at Olive Garden. (this too is a tradition from when I was a kid and now that my kids are old enough to sit through a whole movie, I am happy to keep it going. It gobbles up the long day of waiting for Santa and I don't have to cook--everyone wins:)
The Christmas Pajamas.
We also open the gift that we bought for each other. Tobe drew my name and he bought me a purple dress. It is super cute and I wear it with pride. Aly bought Daddy a Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb stuffed animal, Jane bought Aly a stroller for her dolls and a Princess Tiana Barbie doll, I bought Tobe "Frank" from Cars, and Daddy bought Jane a Shel Silverstein book of poems.
Saturday December 25. The wait is over!! Santa Claus came to our house and filled the kid's stockings. Aly got make-up and a candy cane (just what she asked for), Tobe got the BIG Mack truck from Cars, and Jane got a sewing machine (which didn't work). Jane is in a hard age because she doesn't want toys, but doesn't not want toys either. Hmmm...Santa had a hard time figuring her out this year. She's growing up!!
Christmas afternoon, we went to the church to eat a Ham dinner and spend time with good friends. This is a nice tradition to give people (without family nearby) a place to go and it's nice to not have to cook a big dinner for a small family. The kids love showing off their new toys and running around in the gym.
We had a good Christmas. In all my homesickness (woe is me-I know) I did manage to stop and think about my blessings and there are many. But mostly as I think of my Savior and what is means to me and my family to believe on His name and follow His example, I am overwhelmed with joy that (in times of loneliness) I am sealed to a forever family. I am so grateful for that.
I hope you all have a Happy New Year!!!