Well I have a few things to post about this Christmas so it's going to take few blog post to get it all in. It will be alot of pictures but this really is for my own sake as I am printing the book at the end of the year. Anyways here are some pictures of the past few weeks leading up to the day before Christmas Eve.
While putting up the Christmas lights, (which we did two weeks before Christmas, I know... lame... but we have been so busy and no time...), I was trying to get a cute picture of Matt and Brooklyn and Brooklyn kept making this funny face! Ha Ha Ha
We told ourselves we were getting new Christmas tree this year, a real one... didn't happen. My sister got this put-together tree for us a few years ago (when we had no money) and each year we keep saying we are going to get a bigger one or a new one or a pre-lit one or whatever one! But it always ends up that we keep using this tree. Our fourth time we have used it I believe. Thanks Amie!
Brooklyn practically decorated the Christmas tree all by herself! Hence the "Let me do it" phase she is still in. She had fun and we had fun watching her. This is also our fourth year with no tree topper! I just never know what to put up there or find anything I like when I am actually out looking... it remains un-topped still.... Hmm... Maybe next year?
I decided I wanted to make gingerbread houses this year to spike up the Christmas cheer and set it up for all my siblings to come with their children (Amie and Cam and their families did it in St. George which they had already planned). We enjoyed a fun time and there were a few party poopers (those who didn't decorate a house)... you know who you are! LOL.
My handy man brother Cody went all out on the Christmas castle he made! It's so perfect! He installs cabinets and loves to create furniture so you can see where his awesome skills come from! He was the only Male Adult who was fun enough to participate! My sister gave us a tip on how to glue to the house together. (Burn one cup of sugar in an electric skillet, stir until it becomes liquid. Turn down heat, warm enough to keep it liquidy. Dip the edges of the crackers in it and press together to another edge and viola! You have a house to decorate in minutes! I also have two frosting recipes if anyone is interested!
Working hard to create a yummy house! Wouldn't it be fun if we could actually live in a candyland home during Christmas?
The end result! I love decorating gingerbread houses! I love Christmas!
Brooklyn's friend Hailey and Brooklyn both helped me make chocolate covered pretzels to deliver to our neighbors to spread the Christmas cheer. And Christmas cheer did they get! They enjoyed dipping the pretzels themselves and eating them rather than saving them!
Christmas cheered wide-eyed girl eating the most delicious candy she ever did eat! Well it better be the best she ate cause she made them!
Here is our finish product of Christmas cheer! Next year we will dip them in carmel first so they don't like chicken legs! Pretty good for a first timer don't ya think?
Later Brooklyn helped me deliver the Christmas cheer pretzels and enjoyed walking in the snow! Here we are at the Johnson's home (they are leaving for their mission to Johannesburg, South Africa Mission in Feb.) I wanted to share a cute moment Brooklyn had with them. Matt was getting ready to leave the house and Brooklyn slipped out a few minutes before he did. The Johnson's were also on the their way out. Brooklyn walked up to them and said, "Hey you're all dressed up! You going to church?". They responded, "Actually no, we are going to the temple." Brooklyn was so excited she replied, "You're going to the temple!? I love the temple!" What a sweet spirit she has.... We sure love her.