The post I’ve been putting off for far too long now — our 2017 Christmas festivities/traditions that I’m affectionately calling Christmas Extravaganza because it’s going to be a monster of a post (because…. pictures!!).
You can see us putting our tree up here and the girls in their Christmas dresses here (you don’t want to miss that one – these girls are adorable!!).
But the parts that you haven’t seen are….
Making Christmas cookies! Peyton was struggling with not licking her fingers (because she’s 2.5 and all the icing and crumbs go straight to her mouth!) so we put her in charge of the sprinkles. And she loved it! Sloane got to icing her first cookie this year – what a sweetie, trying to steal a lick!
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, after family headed back home to Indiana, we put up our tree. Peyton was so excited to help. She was digging into the box of ornaments faster than Forest and I could keep up with her. She tried to help with the lights too – you’ll see a picture below – and it was the cutest thing seeing how proud she was of her handiwork. My favorite part of our tree is the personal ornaments – vacations or homemade ones and ones that show our growing family.
We celebrated Thanksgiving with my dad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew. We cooked a feast for at least 20 and are still eating the leftovers but it was such a good day with all of us together. This was our first Thanksgiving since my mom passed away at the beginning of the year and not a second went by that I didn’t wish she was here to hug, to hear her laugh, and to have her hold the grandbabies. Although we all felt like a piece of heart was missing, we ate, we laughed and we were all together. That is what I’m thankful for.
I also started a new tradition – starting with a plate of 5 kernels of (pop)corn and reading a short story about thanksgiving.
We did family pictures in our own backyard this year. Both girls were sick, it was cold outside and it just didn’t seem worth the effort to load everyone in the car to drive to a pretty park when our own backyard had a few colorful leaves and our favorite spots to sit. As I was picking my favorite ones I realized we didn’t any of just the girls together and we didn’t get any of just me and Forest. But the ones we did get are precious and I can’t wait to get some printed for our walls and add them to our Christmas card.
These are a few of my favorites. And if you scroll far enough you’ll get to see a few outtakes!
A few weeks ago we decided it was about time to put our fire pit to good use and roast some s’mores with Peyton for the first time. We hadn’t had a fire in over a year and the weather was absolutely perfect for spending an evening outside together.
This will mostly be pictures but we completely enjoyed our time in Indiana. We treated it like a vacation even though we were staying with/visiting family.
Our mission was family time and fun and we absolutely accomplished both!
We went to the fly-in cruise-in, met our friend’s new baby, went to the zoo, celebrated an early birthday for my sister-in-law’s 30th, ate at our favorite restaurants, had a yummy cookout, and played at the park.
Last weekend we spent our Saturday making the backyard pretty. Peyton loved helping us pick flowers at Lowe’s and after lunch she was all-hands-on-deck to help Forest get them in the flowerbeds. I can’t wait for these plants to get bigger with more blooms so enjoy all summer!