I realized I didn't post a single thing in December so here is a recap.
December started with Tyler's 26th birthday. He had finals all week and spent the day studying but I made him take a quick break in the evening so we could go out. Thankfully my little sister and her hubby came out to provo and watched my kiddos for us!
The weeks before Christmas were spent at all kinds of festivals and family activities, Jess's graduation, and making Christmas presents.
The friday before Christmas was my family's annual Christmas party up at my grandma's. A good time was had by all. Yummy food and good company.
Tyler, Ben and Matt were the three wise men ha ha
My mom made Layla a Table house.
She made little Tyler a collapsible fort!
Tiffany and I made my mom a TeePee for the grandkids.
Some of the gifts I made the kids.
I had Tiff for Christmas this year and made her a clock. I made several other gifts but didn't get pics of them. They all turned out great. It is a lot of work to do homemade gifts but I really enjoyed doing it.
Sophia was much more into Christmas this year but after opening a few gifts she just wanted to play. She definetly was much more excited though. Joel just didn't know what to think but smiled happily through the whole process!
My mom made the boys all robes and do-rags for their annual Christmas Nerf gun war!
Sophia ready to fight!
One of our Christmas traditions is to go to a movie Christmas day. It was Sophia's first movie in a movie theater, (last year we were in Ely so we didn't go to one) She did so good! Whenever it got really loud she would say "MOM Whats going on?!" ha ha I think she was a little stunned by the enormity of the whole thing. We even took Joel and he just slept through it. He is a champ.
It is also a tradition at my parents house to deep fry a turkey Christmas day and have a big dinner party. We don't do much Christmas eve just finger foods and eggnog usually. We do our big meal Christmas afternoon, It has actually turned into quite the extravaganza! This year the guest list included my grandparents, Shelby's inlaws, Briana's Inlaws, and a few friends. If you ever don't have anywhere to eat Christmas day or don't want to cook come on over!
The rest of the week was spent playing games, eating, shopping, catching up with old friends and just spending time together.
Sophia trying to steal Ben's pillow
Layla loved baby Joel!
The day after Christmas we headed home for work. The very next night we headed back to my parents because my brother was in town. He had to work Christmas day so he came out after. We went and spent the night bowling and eating then headed home for work again. Good thing my parents only live an hour away ha ha.
We spent two days home then headed to Ely for New years. Hanna and Eric were in Ely too and we spent the weekend relaxing and visiting with family. New years eve we had lots of food and played dance central on the Wii. I think it is the first year since I had kids that we stayed up till midnight!
It was quite the month and we had a lot of fun!