Monday, December 22, 2014

Fun Festivities

We went to our first Ugly Sweater Christmas party this year. Thanks to some awesome finds at a thrift store-Brad definitely won 1st place that evening. 
The girls thougt it was hilarious that we were walking around the house pulling things off our tree and figuring out ways to wear them ourselves. 

Brad and I also got to attend a Christmas party with his work partners one evening (no picture of that night:) It was nice to be there almost a year exactly from when we interviewed-and we were able to sit back and relax this year. 

We also snuck in a double date with some friends. We went out to dinner and then to watch the new Mocking Jay movie. Enjoying the fact that we have a great babysitter and we are finding time to actually use her to go out:)

Christmas time is here!!

Meet Ariel! She appeared December 1st and has been leaving our family a new note each morning with ways we can serve others this Christmas season. Here she is with a card telling us to deliver cookies to some neighbors. We enjoyed a couple ourselves too.
The Christmas Parade Downtown...
Choir Musicals at church...
Fun with new friends....
Caroline was sick the day of her school party and Christmas show. Her precious teacher invited me back for a special preformance of one of their songs. It was fun watching these sweet kindergarteners....and remembering my own days as a kindergarten teacher at Christmas time.  Such fun memories are made!Some sweet friends took pictures for me that day at the other girls preformance.

This is starting out as one of the most meaningful and fun Christmas' yet. The girls ages, ability to understand, and desire to take part in all things Christmas is a lot of fun!! Loving this first Christmas in our new town/house:) 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Santa's Village

The day after Thanksgiving we went to Santas Village. It was freezing cold but lots of fun to walk around and see what an amazing place Constitution Village turns into at Christmas time. The girls really enjoyed seeing the costume characters walking around. They iced gingerbread cookies, drank hot chocolate, and enjoyed watching live music. They contemplated standing in line to go see Santa, but thankfully they don't care enough about him to make everyone wait in line for hours. They left happily without seeing him- and we left happy to be out of the cold:) 

Thanksgiving 2014

We hosted Thanksgiving at our house this year. We were so glad to have both of our parents and some extended family with us. We have so much to be thankful for and this was a sweet time with the girls to focus on all of our many blessings.