Our first Christmas on our own! This is the first year we didn't go to Utah for Christmas which meant creating all of the fun and magic of the Christmas season was totally up to me and Dane.
We saw Santa 4 times this year, Beck is the most observant child ever so it confused him because he knew right away they weren't all the same guy in the red suit...but as soon as we went to see Santa at Briar Cliff he knew that must be the real one because he knew Beck's name before Beck even told him and the first thing he noticed was that he was wearting his basketball medal.
Our sleepover underneath the Christmas tree
The kids acted out the nativity at a rest home...it was darling
Church was cancelled the Sunday before Christmas because it snowed...so of course Dane went right to work building himself a snowman, he was much shorter than usual but I'm glad we got our snowman.
We made "gingerbread" houses out of rice krispies this year...genius idea from pinterest...they were super tasty and they didn't collapse everytime we went to put a piece of candy on them.
Everytime Beck sat on Santa's lap this year he got stage fright and ended up asking for things he already has (like tools, which he just got for his birthday), or things he really didn't want (like a monster truck, he has been over the truck phase for a couple years now). So finally on his last chance seeing Santa I told him to think of something he really wanted and to not worry if Santa laughed at him (we figured out that was the root of his problem). He finally decided to ask for a badge which was too good to be true since the night before I had picked up a fancy badge at the dollar store! I didn't even plant the idea in his mind, it was pure inspiration.
Quinn gave the best reactions this year she was ecstatic about each and every thing. We knew she would be easy to please since all she wanted for Christmas was candy. Two different times Santa asked if she wanted anything else along with candy like a baby doll and both times she said "no, just candy". Santa got a baby doll for her anyway and she was really excited
It was such a great Christmas we had our traditional breakfast of cinnamon rolls and breakfast casserole and then went to see Frozen with Trent and Lindsay and the kids and then came home for bbq next door. Glad we have some family out here to celebrate with. Our kids are at the perfect age to make everything so fun this year so grateful for this darling crew of mine.