Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas 2014

It has become tradition for us to go to a movie on Christmas Eve.  This year I went for the first time!  I have always stayed home with the little ones...this year we ALL went!  The little ones are growing up!  We saw Big Hero 6...good movie.

That evening we had our traditional shepherd's dinner in our nativity costumes.  Logan was going to be a wise man during our nativity so he wore his wise man clothing and pretended to be a visiting rich man during our dinner.

After doing our reenactment of the nativity, we got in our new pajamas.

Those are some excited faces!

The kids have been in the tradition of having a slumber party on Christmas Eve...this year they had a great spot picked out for our first Christmas in this house.

Christmas morning came way too early for me!  Sienna was calling down the stairs at 5:59 a.m.  Ryan and I got up and went outside to feed the horses.  Then we went upstairs with the kids said a prayer and sang The First Noel.  Then the fun began!

We spent the day relaxing, playing Wii games, watching movies, eating a yummy ham dinner...and just enjoying the day together. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

December 2014

It has been a great month!  In our morning devotionals we have focused on the life of our Savior.  He is the reason that we celebrate.

Kessiah, Jenessa, and Sienna were part of a piano recital.

We went to the town bowling party and some of the kids got to sit on Santa's lap.

As part of our homeschool group, we went to a nursing home and sang some Christmas songs and the girls played their piano pieces from the recital.

We had a great ward party where they turned the cultural hall into Bethlehem.  We had to get dressed up for the time period and sat on the floor to eat our dinner.  It was a nice activity that helped us focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

I took Mason down to Scottsdale for an eye appointment.

Decorating the Christmas tree is always fun.

A view from the stairs

And everyone gets a turn to put the star on the tree

We did our annual gingerbread decorating.  The kids each decorated a gingerbread train car and Ryan and I did a gingerbread house.