December started off as it usually does around here...we went and got our Christmas tree the first weekend. We cut our own again this year and it was lots of fun (well for the first half anyways, until the kids were too cold). Jake pulled the older girls on the sled, which we were lucky we brought because there were some spots that the snow was pretty darn deep.
I know June doesn't look to happy here, but she actually loved being outside...as long as the snow did not touch her.
Here we are standing in front of the tree we picked out...just a small one.
I took the girls back to the truck to get off their wet clothes and get them in their seats to warm up...I was quite impressed that Jake was already done cutting down and bringing back the tree by the time I was finished doing that. See how tough he is. And the tree was at least 12 feet...haha.
I was able to go watch both the girls at dance to see what they have been learning...they were both really cute and did quite well.
Annie is the second one from the right...she was so adorable.
Molly with some classmates...she was so graceful and very concentrated while dancing.
I tried to do something fun and Christmasy with the girls each day...we weren't perfect and I didn't get pictures of them all, but here is our hot cocoa with candy canes and we did other things like, call loved ones and sing carols, make snow flakes, do something nice for someone else, take treats to neighbors and friends and a whole lot more. It made everyday exciting.
We were able to see the Jolly man himself at our ward Christmas party.
Molly loved it and made sure to remind him she wanted an American Girl Doll.
Annie loved it too and also reminded him she wanted an American Girl Doll as well.
June did not love it so much....these are seriously some of my favorite pictures.
We were able to go to the Smith Family Christmas party and sure had a lot of fun. Jeremy and Katie were great hosts and had a lot of fun things for us all to do.
I love this picture...they are both so cute.
All the kids taking turns opening their cousin gifts.
June opening her book.
Annie hiding behind her book. She loves this book and I think she had it completely done within a couple of days.
Molly with a new chapter book. This girl loves to read so it was perfect.
The theme for the party was Christmas Around the World, and they had lots of different activities from different countries. Here is Senor Jeremy...haha, wish you could see the stache...haha.
Here in Mexico the kids were able to try and break open a pinata. Here is June taking here turn.
We were able to make our traditional gingerbread house one weekend too. We always have so much fun doing this together as a family.
Molly and Annie showing off their hard work and talent.
We really had such a wonderful December. We were able to spend a lot of time together as a family and do fun holiday activities, and get gifts for ones we love, read lots of Christmas stories and talk a lot about the true meaning of Christmas. I love that as much as our girls love the gifts and treats and Santa part of Christmas they love the Spiritual part too. They love hearing the story of Christ's birth and thinking of ways we can serve others. They make everything in life better, sweeter and more memorable.
We were able to go to Tremonton the weekend after Christmas for New Years. It was such a fun weekend. We had a Christmas party with the Oyler Family, played lots of games, ate a lot of delicious food, and ended it on New Years day with celebrating the birth of Olivia (our niece) and seeing her be blessed.
We feel so blessed to have such great families who support us in all that we do, help us when we are in need, love us in spite of our shortcomings, forgive us for those faults we have and never give up on us. We love each moment we get to share with any and all of them. We love each of them so much.
And although its come and gone we truly hope that each and everyone of you had a wonderful holiday season and that this finds each of you and your families well.