|2005, extremely pregnant with Savanna!|
|2010, Emily pregnant with Lainey, she is a much cuter pregnant lady!|
|2012, no pregnant ladies!|
This year we also continued the new tradition we started last year of decorating sugar cookies with Grandma to give to Santa. Grandpa also came this year to help. We had so much fun! The kids, especially Savanna, were so creative in their decorating. Avery was so cute, she would spend so much time spreading the icing, putting on the sprinkles and chocolate chips, then she licked it all off and started on another one!
On Christmas Eve day my mom and brother came over and we gave them their presents and the kids got presents from them too. That night we stayed home (another new tradition that I am loving!) and had a big feast. I seriously made so much food, not sure why, there's only five of us! We set everything up buffet style in the family room and ate while we watched A Christmas Story. My favorite movie! Christmas morning came very early at our house and James had put something special in the kid's stockings. They each got a part to build a mysterious project in the basement. After they opened their stockings we went downstairs to build it.
This year Christmas time seemed to fly by, the day after I kept thinking of all the things I had wanted to do with the kids and just didn't have time for. I was letting myself get a little sad and let down, but then a I remembered all the fun we did have and I know my kids are building good memories of their childhood Christmases. I am so grateful to be a mom and to have a wonderful husband who makes our life possible. I am also grateful for my Savior and being able to spend this time of year with the one's I love most!