Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Month Of December

Happy January!
I'm sitting here on the couch, i stayed home from church because Aubrey woke up super congested, poor baby, she's had the hardest time napping today :(
So while i'm here i decided it was time to blog about December 2015
Oh what a great month it was, so busy so happy!
I'm just going to touch on the highlights of the month so enjoy this HUGE post of pictures.

So the day after thanksgiving we decided to put up our Christmas tree, its the earliest we have EVER put it up but we wanted to be able to enjoy it for as long as possible!
This year Shawn also put up lights on the outside of the house too and they were awesome!

On Dec 1st Hailey's special little elf Ellie came back to visit aka keep an eye on her!
And she brought with her on that first day a special breakfast from the north pole!

And she also brought this fun puzzle set for her as well.


We also enjoyed snow day again this year!
We got there bright and early and were able to enjoy the sledding before it started to rain!
We did however miss seeing the reindeer, i was disappointed because we miss them every year! I guess we'll try again in 11 months lol

My 2 snow babies :)

Inside they had there usual Huge room full of crafts for the kids to do.
Another room was go carts and big trikes.
There was a cake walk.
And they had a story time which was so much nicer than it was last year!

We also went back a few weeks later for Journey Through Bethlehem which is SO fun,but i didn't get any pictures from it even though we went twice! 


 Hailey was excited to see the lights at Evergreen Church that are set to music- love love love it!
This is also one of those 'rare' family photos so enjoy!

Inside they had there big train setup, free hot chocolate and cookies and we also got our picture taken as well.

Later that month we went and visited Santa!
Hailey would only see the Santa at the mall because that is the REAL Santa!

And then later that same day Hailey and I both decorated a gingerbread houses!
This year instead of putting together the main part of the house with frosting we hot glued it, which made it so much easier to decorate with frosting!
Now that is using the ole'noggin if you ask me!

Moving on to Christmas eve.
This year my sister and i decided that we'd each send each other's kids a gift to open on Christmas eve and we decided on, PJ's a movie and a treat.
Hailey was so excited to open the special Christmas eve gift from aunt Allison!
She and Aubrey got he cutest pajamas,the movie miracle on 34th street and treats to eat while we watched the movie (later that afternoon)

Shawn had to work half a day on Christmas Eve this year, so we decided to start a new tradition of going out to breakfast!
This year we tried out a little place called the Sugar Shack that we've always wanted to try and it was really good!
Shawn got he biscuits and gravy, and i will admit i am NOT a fan of biscuits and gravy, but at this place they were SO good!!

Look at that fancy hot chocolate!

Ok who see's the resemblance in these two?
EVERYONE says they look alike!



The rest of Christmas eve was spent watch movies
making and decorating cookies for Santa 
tracking Santa on the computer
and that's all remember
That night we put out cookies and milk and carrots for the reindeer, read some Christmas stories and then put these 2 to bed!

Christmas DAY!
Now, i don't have a lot of pictures from Christmas day because i decided to put the phone down/camera down and just enjoy the day,  but here are a couple.
Let me tell you it was the PERFECT day.
First off the traditional Rudolph pancakes.

Then we opened presents, below is what i got Shawn, it is the softest blanket ever i tell you!
I really wish i had gotten his reaction on video it was priceless! 
I always struggle to get him something that he likes/that doesn't have to be returned but this year i got it right!

After presents i had to do some/a lot of food prep and I put Shawn in charge of the Ham.
We watched a Christmas story over and over again...because it was on tv....haha my favorite movie ever!
Then we ate, and played games and watched movies over and over until it got dark. 
It was So nice just spending quality family time ALL day!

Later that same day we met up with Owen and his family to see the Evergreen lights again, it was fun to hang out with them and catch up and was a great ending to Christmas Day!


Ok i'm going to stop here this post is super long!
But i'll be back soon!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Creche Festival 2015

Trying to keep up with all the holiday traditions around here!
This one was a new one for our family one which I'm sure we'll do again next year.
I haven't been to a creche festival since i was a kid living in Woodland California.
I've been wanting to go to this one for a couple years now so i was so happy that we were able to make it on the last day!
There was over 500 nativities from all around the world! 
I took tons of pictures!
(but i won't post them all)
I could tell that a whole lot of effort went into this event, it was VERY well put together, i wasn't sure what to expect but i was blown away!

now go enjoy some pictures!

This one was my favorite!
And that tree behind it....amazing!
Christmas tree skirt nativity!



Love this one!



Rubber ducky nativity!
They had a kids room, with lots of Nativity's geared toward kids in it, it was amazing!



They also had an activity room with all sorts of kid nativity activities.
Another room they had was a dress up room and they'd take your picture i really wish Hailey would of done that one! 
Maybe next year ;)



Corn husk nativity!

Love it!





This one was made from soda cans cut into strips!
The last room we went into was called the 'Christ Room' 
it had lots of beautiful pictures of Christ throughout his life.
It was by far my favorite room!


And you may be wondering where Aubrey was through all this?
Well she slept through the whole thing and woke up as we walked out the door!

What are your holiday traditions?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Hello December!
It was a busy november full of ups and downs!
A couple weeks before thanksgiving we had a huge windstorm that ended up knocking out our power for 4 days! 
That's the longest i've ever experienced a power outage.
Thankfully we had a generator.
Then the next week  (a week before thanksgiving) Hailey got sick with a cough, she's had coughs before but it only got worse and eventually turned into the croup (which she has also had before)
It got so bad one night she had trouble breathing and let me tell you as a Mom there is nothing worse that watching your child struggle to breath and not be able to do anything about it!
We ended up taking her to the ER where she got medicine and a breathing treatment.
Later that week she was a lot better just in time for......
THANKSGIVING!
Thanksgiving was a beautiful day!
 blue sky and sunny.
I just wish it hadn't been so cold!

Started the day by watching the Macy's thanksgiving day parade, a yearly tradition.
While i watched i was also prepping food.
Thanksgiving is also my favorite day to get the newspaper ( i know that's lame) because it's STUFFED full of black Friday adds.
Shawn was in charge of the turkey that had been sitting in the fridge for 3 days and on thanksgiving was still hard as a rock!
So he spent a while giving it a hot bath in the sink...lol
All in all it turned out amazing and was so yummy!
Because of the turkey still being frozen we didn't end up eating until 2:30 a little later than i wanted to eat but by that time we all really ready to eat!

Turkey,homemade mashed potatoes,i tried a fluffy fruit salad,kale salad rolls,cranberry sauce,pickles and of course deviled eggs!
I also made a peppermint pie as well.
It was all SO good!

After eating we watched movies, and later that evening Shawn took Hailey with him to brave walmart to get some black Friday deals, he ended up getting some good stuff!
Shawn also went out the next morning early to get more black Friday stuff that he had is eye on, he was really into all that!
I however wasn't looking for anything in particular and i feel as the years go on, I'm not a fan of getting up early to fight the crowds for a good deal.
Call me Lazy....haha
Overall it was a great thanksgiving
low key
relaxed
just the way i like it!
 It's always been one of my Favorite holidays!

(This is also the first year that the day right after thanksgiving we put up lights on the house and are Christmas Tree!)


Julianne
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