Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Morning

Santa came!! He also brought about a foot of snow with him this year! It was a magical WHITE Christmas morning. The kids woke up about 7:45, not too shabby! I love hearing their first little squeals of delight when they see what they got, running from place to place checking it all out. Emeri was feelin it too, but mostly she was excited about the orange in her stocking and immediately started eating it =)
The girls played ALL day long with their new toys downstairs. In fact, I didn't see them until they needed something to eat! That's one the best part about Christmas Day, the kids are entertained for hours and hours with all their new stuff!! We just hung out and ate and napped all day long it was so nice. After dinner, Alli and I played one more game of classic clue and Monopoly- her first time.
I love Christmas, especially with kids it's the best ever.
Merry Christmas to all! Cant believe it's all over already.

Santa came! The calm before the storm

The new minky blankets from Grandma and Grandpa S. were a big hit!

Haven with her Ariel doll- her favorite present

The aftermath

Just a few hours after she was ready for a Christmas nap

Testing out her new gymnastics outfit- looks like she could turn off the lights too!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Eve Night

After sledding, we came home and my parents stopped by to drop off a couple more gifts! Then we all got showered and ready and started making our Christmas Eve dinner. We had candlelight dinner with prime rib, twice baked potatoes, rolls, raspberry jello, and cranberry punch. It was delicious! After dinner, we ready the story of Jesus birth in the scriptures and the girls acted out the nativity scene the best they could. =) Then it's the kids favorite part- opening their Christmas pajamas and slippers along with a couple games!
We played our new game Clue for a little bit and then we got a call from Santa! He was on his sleigh just headed to the United States so it was time to get to bed. We hurried and finished the game and got them "nestled all snug in their beds."
Merry Christmas Eve!! 

Christmas Eve Sledding

 On Christmas Eve morning we went to Sugarhouse Park to do some sledding! It was perfect sledding weather- such a beautiful day! In fact, we ended up taking off our hats and coats! It wasn't too crowded and the girls loved it. This was Emeri's first time sledding and she loved it too. 
Afterwards, we went to lunch at Ruth's Diner, also a first for us and it was super good!

Haven and Dad

Emeri with Mom

Alli about ran over a few people

Could you die at the cuteness of this little snow bunny/marshmallow?!

Gingerbread Cookies

The girls made their Christmas cookies for Santa on the 23rd. We usually do sugar cookies, but this year they wanted to do gingerbread. I've found it's best to break this activity up into several days.  I make the dough one night, then we bake them another day, and then frost and decorate another day! Way easier, and way less stressful. Look at theses cute cookie decorators! Emeri was starting to feel much better this day and was finally happy and smiling!