It's Tuesday but it feels more like a Monday. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We had a really nice Christmas week spending good quality time with family and friends. I'm grateful to have another week off so we can finish the year together having even more fun.
Here is a look at how our Christmas week went:
Scout found a good spot to hang out near my Christmas plate and winking Santa mug. It wouldn't be the holidays without them. Sadly we had a busy morning with a super long doctor's appointment and errands to run, but we ended on a yummy note. I taught the boys how to make Christmas Chex mix which of course was a huge hit and greatly enjoyed throughout the week.
It's time for the boys to work together wrapping gifts. Their wrapping skills have come a long way. I'm impressed and glad they all know how to do this. Even Bella wanted to help, but she started to sulk once I told her to stay out of the presents. She thinks all things in gift bags are for her to open.
Unfortunately I could not avoid a trip to the mall this week, but we made sure to get there early and get out as quickly as possible. Justin joined me and we treated ourselves to some Cinnabon to help make the trip worth it. Funny thing is that was the only line we actually had to stand in. Once we got home the younger two worked on decorating a ginger bread house. It's so nice I don't even have to help at all anymore. They did well and it turned out great. It puts a smile on my face every time I see it on the table and it smells good too.
Today was a full baking day. We made sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, buckeyes, fudge and chocolate chip shortbread snowball cookies. The boys helped here and there and worked nicely together decorating the sugar cookies. Of course their favorite job today was quality control tasting samples to make sure they turned out ok ;0)
John is now officially on vacation with us so we took some time this morning to all see the latest Star Wars movie together. It was a great day to be inside too because it poured rain and was windy most the day. The skies did clear and the sun came out just in time for the boys to deliver cookie plates to some neighbors. It's something they both look forward to every year, and it warms my heart that they enjoy it so much.
Happy Christmas Eve! We made our traditional homemade pizza pies for dinner, cruised around the neighborhood looking at lights, and then let the boys open one gift before sending them to bed.
Merry Christmas! This morning we had a special eggnog french toast breakfast, opened gifts, enjoyed time together and then in the afternoon we headed to the Wong family home for dinner and holiday cheer. What a great day we all had!
Wait! Time for one more--
December's Family Photo
It's a traditional one on Christmas morning just before opening gifts. I'm so happy to have another monthly family photo with Tyler in it. We only missed him one month this year. Sadly next year we won't be so lucky.
That's it for this week. I'll catch you again in the new year. Bring on 2017!