Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gingerbread houses

Christmas Day

The morning started at 6:00 am or just a few minutes before. It's so hard for them to stay in their beds!

Here they are in the hallway waiting for us to get coffee and the camera ready! Pure torture!

Ready, set, GO!

The aftermath.....

Onto monkey bread!

Is that you, Santa?

Christmas Eve 2009

We started the evening with the Christmas eve service at church. At the service we are given a gift card for a free meal at a resturant and we are to go out into the community and find someone who is working on Christmas eve and give it to them. This has become a tradition every year and we have a lot of fun trying to find either a fedex courier (Derriks preference) or anyone out on Christmas eve that would much rather be home celebrating the holiday with their family. This year, we gave ours to a lady that works at McDonalds. She was very grateful for the gift!
We came home and had cheese fondue and steaks with the Hubbards. The boys then got to open one gift - new pajamas and slippers!

We then poured the hot chocolate into the travel mugs and climbed into the car to go look at Christmas lights! After that it's off to bed to dream of sugarplums and other sugary items until it's time for Christmas day.

Cookie decorating

We broke the record for decorating cookies this year. Between the four of us, we either ate them or just slapped frosting on them because we got done fast! I had to work quickly to get pictures!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas is in the air

The tree is up, decorations out, and the preschool Christmas program is over. Christmas can officially begin! We decorated the house the weekend after Thanksgiving and then Ashton and I spent last week getting our preschool ready for their big performance last Friday night.

Saturday was the busiest day we have had so far. Ethan and his church choir served breakfast to over 100 people in what is called the "Angel Breakfast." There is a skit, crafts and the choir sings several songs throughout the morning. It was really nice. I love to see my kids sing!

Saturday was "Tata's" (aka Jim) 65th birthday. We celebrated with other families at the Olive Garden.

Next week will be the last week of preschool and homeschool. There is quite a bit of shopping and shipping to be in the next week but I look forward to all of it!