Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas 2008

Here are some pictures of all of our Christmas festivities:

We did a little play of the nativity story with the girls this year. Some were very unwilling to dress up and act their parts, but it was fun anyway.

This was the innkeeper.

The girls always get to open a present on Christmas eve.

This year they got new jammies.

And here they are in all their cute pink-ness on Christmas morning.

Grandpa and Grandma B came over bright and early Christmas morning to open presents with us.

Dad was master video taper for the morning. I was working the camers, and that is why there are no pictures of me!

M with her tea cup pup.

A with her tea cup pup (can you tell they liked them?).
Here is little K. See how happy she is.....she seems to be enjoying her Christmas right?
Well the scene that followed at breakfast would make you think otherwise:

She opened all her presents and seemed to enjoy them all. Afterwards she walked around kind of sad (she had a cold so I thought that might be why). I think she was just trying to be tough and figure things out. She completely broke down crying at breakfast and said, "I didn't get anything I want." Dad asked her what she wanted and she said, "A fur real pony." She said the only thing she liked that she got was her Barbie movie. It broke my heart! After breakfast I was talking to her about it and she said, "I told Santa's helper (the dressed up man at the ward Christmas breakfast) that I wanted the pony. I guess I should have told the real Santa." The poor little thing. Her little world was shattered. I felt so bad I cried. I know she wanted the pony, but there is no way we could afford that! She got a fur real puppy, but she REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted that pony I guess. Her faith in Santa is shattered...he isn't as magic as she thought.

She seems to have recovered nicely and is enjoying all of her presents now....thank goodness!

H's favorite gifts were these bead necklaces.

She wasn't much interested in her other gifts. She just wanted to play on the stairs with her beads.

DH spoiled me with clothes, a new crockpot, glassware, cookbooks, and lotions. It was a fun day.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My santa babies....

My sister took the most adorable picture of her first little boy in a Santa hat when he was a baby. I kind of stole her idea and did the same thing with all my girls. I am so glad I did. They are one of my favorite Christmas decorations. Aren't they cute!

Believe blocks


I started these stockings several years ago. And sadly, I would have to tell you that they are still not done. I still want to embroider names on them in gold.....maybe next year. The first year I made four of them and then with each additional child I have finished the others. I also made a tree skirt to match. It is saddly not done either. My original intent was to embroider gold snowflakes on it.....hmmm. I don't know if that will ever happen. I should at least sew around the hole in the middle.
Would you like to know what they are made of? I love curtains for sewing. I have used several. I have even made dresses out of them. They are so much cheaper than buying regular fabric. The burgundy fabric is a curtain. The cream cuffs are made from some napkins that I got on clearance. And you will never guess what the batting in them is! A mattress pad! We had this cheap mattress pad when we first got married. We got a new one and cut up the old one to pad the stockings. You would never to know by looking at them would you!

A few vinyl glass blocks...

These glass blocks I did as centerpieces for our last enrichment night. They have the words on one side and the nativity scene on the other. They also have lights in them. I was feeling lazy and didn't light them up for the picture.

Here is another one. This one sits on my buffet so the light can shine through it all day.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Christmas Tag

Blackeyedsue tagged me to do a Christmas meme, so here goes.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bag? Mostly wrapping paper. If it is something weird shaped then I will put it in a bag.

2. When do you put the tree up? This year we put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, but we didn't decorate it until the day after that.

3. When do you take the tree down? Within a day or two of New Years.

4. Eggnog?? Oh YUM!!! I milk it down a bit though. I just bought some Vanilla spice eggnog the other day.....super YUM!!!!

5. Favorite gift received as a child? My stuffed cat my mom made, my life size doll my mom made, my doll house my dad made and my big sisters redecorated for me, and my Girbaud jean shorts my dad got for me.

6. Hardest person to buy for?? My dad. or my hubby's parents.

7. Easiest person to buy for? The kids or David

8. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes.

9. Mail or email Christmas cards? I usually mail. Last year we e-mailed.

10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? I don't remember any awful ones.

11. Favorite Christmas movie? The Santa Clause

12. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually around September.

13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Probably.

14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? orange and raspberry sticks. The Sant's chocolate almond balls. YUM!!!

15. Lights on the tree? Yes. White only.

16. Favorite Christmas song? Just about anything.

17. Least favorite Christmas song? The Little Drummer drives me nuts!

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? We use to travel, but since we have had kids we stay home now and do our traveling for New Years.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer? Yes.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? An angel Moroni.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We usually have pajamas or something for the girls on Christmas Eve.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The cold, especially if there is no snow.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? My tree is all done in cream, burgundy and gold.

24. Favorite Christmas dinner? Ham, potatoes, peas, and cinnamon apple jello.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? A new crock pot and clothes.

These are a few of my favorite things.....Five favorite treats during the holidays:

1. My orange and raspberry sticks
2. Sant's chocolate almond balls
3. English toffee
4. My aunt Irene's fudge
5. My mother-in-laws turtles

Five favorite Christmas movies:
1. The Santa Clause
2. Charlie Brown's Christmas
3. ?
4. ?
5. ?

Five Traditions during the holidays:
1. Making candy.
2. Sleeping by the Christmas tree one night
3. Christmas Eve...we always try to do something special to remember the birth of the Savior.
4. Advent Calendar
5. Holiday parties.

Monday, December 8, 2008

A little song...

My three year old was playing with our toy nativity scene yesterday, and singing this cute little song:

"I love Joseph,
I love Joseph,
I love Jesus,
I love everybody,
even the donkey."