This year (well technically last year since it is now 2014) I have heard more people than ever before say they did not want to decorate for Christmas. I’m not sure if it had something to do with the later than usual Thanksgiving that left less than a month to get ready for Christmas, or if everyone is just too busy to do all that it takes to make Christmas the Christmas Pinterest causes us to aspire to. I know I seriously debated decorating.
Who doesn’t love the Grinch and sweet Cindy Lou Hoo? I think Christmas just seemed a little shoved down my throat this year. Please Hobby Lobby do not put out Christmas ornaments at the end of the Summer! I want the Christmas season to be set apart, special… not just a ploy for businesses to make a lot of money off of consumers. So this was my train of thought as I was preparing to reminisce about our 2013 Christmas. It was a bit BAH HUMBUG, until… I started swiping through the images on my ipad. Looking at those pictures throughout the Holiday season reminded me that even though I may not have been in the right spirit, the right spirit was all around me like a big multicolored light fat santa hug.
I have been intending (very best intentions) to update this blog for a while and being enrolled in school full time and all the other things going on around us it just hadn’t happened. So I was prodded
pushed by a small world encounter. My long time bloggy friend Kari, who I have actually met I believe three times in real life happens to be cousins with my nieces very very special teacher of many years (Darlene Turner) who happens to be BFF’s with Izzy’s wonderful teacher Melanie! So somehow my Melanie ended up somewhere with Kari and it was relayed to me that I have been a slacker blogger!
The first task for getting ready for Christmas is taking a family photo. I had decided to skip this part this year. Amanda decided we would not skip it! It’s always been a little challenging to get a photo of everyone or all the kids and get a good picture of Isabelle. This year she was a super trooper and did very well, we even got some bonus pics! I was glad Amanda pushed for Chinese food and picture taking because it was a fun evening with all the kids.
The last week before Christmas break was a week of parties for Izzy. After school on Tuesday we all met up at her best boy’s house to celebrate Christmas with him & his family). Izzy and Nathaniel always enjoy seeing each other.
Wednesday mom and I took lunch to the class (taco chicken, rolls, cinnamon rolls, broccoli salad and salad). After lunch we had the gift exchange. It was so much fun to be with the class for the afternoon. They are our people and we love them.
Thursday we all went to Bass Pro for our annual Santa pics and activities. Brandy and Izzy enjoyed shooting arrows and the three of us had fun riding on the carousal. After lunch we all went to Abuelos and enjoyed mexican food. Iz liked the flavored tea and the spicy mashed potatoes.
We had several family Christmas celebrations…
One with the kids… opening presents and a taco bar.
Emelia made this reindeer sweatshirt for Amanda.
Christmas Eve in Bethany.
Christmas Day at home.
And Christmas evening at my brother’s home.
All in all a very merry Christmas. I hope you had a merry Christmas too.