Since we are almost to February, I figure I need to document our December before it is too distant a memory.
December was a happy blur of parties, playing, concerts, christmas prep, basketball games, and endless traditions.
Macey performed 2 songs in the Scera Christmas Concert. She even had a solo. I was too busy actually watching the show to get any pictures, but here's a post performance shot with the boys.
And the best part about taking classes at the local theatre is the $2 kid snack packs. Helped them make it through about half the acts.
She also had her first Elementary choir concert.
Crew also rocked his first Preschool concert.
doesn't get much cuter than a bunch of 4 year olds trying to sing songs together.
We got to cheer on BYU at lots of games.
Ringing the victory bell with Cosmo in his Santa Costume. Dream come true.
We lucked out and got 4 of Paul's bosses courtside seats.
dinner, unlimited snacks, amazing view. These kids are getting spoiled.
Paul took a Friday off and we did a quick snow shoe trip while Crew was at Preschool.
turns out Ruby is a bit too heavy for the carrier, but too small for small shoes.
Then Crew happily got to help Paul put up our lights and blow ups. It will be a sad day when this takes more than an hour. :)
Kids favorite tradition was once again getting their new ornaments for the tree.
Crew: North Pole
Ruby: Sweet treats
My favorite tradition is always torturing them with a trip to see Santa.
Ruby was not pleased and for the first time in her entire life clung to her stroller and did not want to get out. Being the good mom I am, I pried those fingers off and handed her over to the stranger with the big beard.
The boys were super into Santa this year and waited in line for 30 min to talk to him again
at the Riverwoods.
We love visiting the Riverwoods during Christmas.
lots of "baking".
We of course went to the Domo Christmas Party. AKA, the only time we get dressed up all year.
School seemed to go FOREVER this year, the 4th grade teachers were smart and took the kids on a field trip to the dinosaur museum.
I love getting to go on field trips and getting to know their friends better and seeing them in their element.
Paul and I took advantage of our babysitters being out of school by going to a morning showing of Rogue One. Can't beat the heaters on those recliners. and it was the best breakfast I have had in a long time. :)
We of course had our lazy moments too.
and I throughly enjoyed Sodalicious' chocolate cookie with peppermint frosting. Tasted just like Christmas.
We soaked up as much of the Decemberness as we could.
Even cleaning was more fun in December, due to Macey singing and dancing for me.
Getting out the Christmas books is always exciting too and it is insane how many I have collected.
I got to take the Activity Day girls from church to the Norman Rockwell exhibit at BYU. It was very cool.
We've been enjoying having 4 tickets to the BYU basketball games this season.
We did our typical visit to the Riverwoods and to see Santa.
And while this girl didn't love Santa, she does love the snow.
And I love it when she's all dressed up in Macey's old clothes.
The highlight of the month though was Nana and Pop-Pop's visit.
We were non stop busy.
Ruby was quite taken with both of them. And pretty much wanted nothing to do with Paul and I the entire time.
There were about a million games of "Go Fish" played.
We had the christmas sing at school and they got to help me in both Macey and Miles' class parties too.
We of course decorated sugar cookies.
Opened Christmas presents.
We took a ride to the North Pole.
Macey and Miles were in complete heaven. Singing songs, playing games. visiting with the "elfs", and of course getting to talk with Santa.
Ruby proved to be a complete pain most of the ride, but it was worth seeing the other 3 have so much fun.
We had plans to snowshoe, but decided to sled instead, as it seemed much less trouble. :)
It was the right choice.
Ruby pretty much wandered around in the snow the entire time and was as happy as could be to have complete freedom.
Pop-Pop and Paul made us a jump.
It was a pretty perfect afternoon.
The Most wonderful time of the year
December has been a good month, other than the flu, but we are recovered now, so all is forgotten.
I cannot remember a December where we spent so much time outside.
The boys ate an entire box of popsicles this month too...unheard of around here.
Michelle and I were planning to take the kids to the Dinosaur Museum, but we just couldn't pass up on one of our last Farm Country outings until next spring.
My current level of saneness can be attributed to an extra month of getting to walk barefoot in the grass. It is good for the soul.
Miles has had a rough time in primary the last little while, so we baked and decorated sugar cookies to take around to his teachers. You know, to remind them that there is a sweet boy hiding behind all the craziness.
And he pretty much has the perfect bike for delivering cookies anyways.
We also decorated a prebuilt gingerbread house, it was awesome.
Paul took M&M to Lowe's to build Christmas Trains. Despite their faces in this picture, they loved it and can't wait to go again.
Like every year, the kids favorite Christmas thing we did was the the lights at Thanksgiving Point. It's one of my favorites too, since they just can't contain their excitement.
Miles made some Gingerbread Men. Which of course turned into "fighting men". Typical.
The one child who I wasn't worried about bugging the tree and presents, was the only one who could not resist the temptation.
While we are on the topic of Ruby...She turned 7 Months!!
She's been pretty close to perfect this month. Just happy and content to sit, play, roll around, and put everything in her mouth. She has finally mastered the sit too and loves the new vantage point.
Crew now refers to Ruby as his best friend and it makes me happy.
Our favorite Mexican Restaurant just opened a few blocks away and we have already been multiple times, as I have yet to find my motivation to cook dinner. Plus, our kids have shockingly been somewhat manageable out in public as of late.
Here's a typical morning scene...Paul ready to go to work, but having a hard time actually getting out the door.
Best part of Christmas Break though has been having Macey home!
She has taken to reading Miles stories and entries from her diary. It's hilarious and I love listening in.
Mrs. Claus came to Talking Time and read about each kid from her Magic Book. It was awesome and Miles ate it up.
There has also been lots of singing and dancing to Christmas Songs around here. Crew actually does a pretty good rendition of Jingle Bells and I will miss it.
And once a year Paul and I get dressed up and go to his fancy work parties. While it's fun to get all dolled up, it reminds me why I don't get dressed up more often...it takes way too much time. :)
Pretty sad December is almost behind us.
December Wrap Up
I love the weeks leading up for Christmas, always something to do and look forward too. The kids
favorite thing we did this holiday season was looking at the lights at Thanksgiving Point. Even though they are the same every year, they cannot get enough. No pictures, but believe me they are awesome. :)Paul's
favorite thing that we did this month was introducing all the kids to his favorite winter activity, snow shoeing.
He had already taken Macey once, so she was a pro and was getting slightly annoyed at Miles' pace. It was pretty hilarious watching Miles run around in his big snowshoes and falling every 20 feet, but he didn't mind and had a great time. Although he was slightly disappointed when he realized it was just like hiking, I think he was hoping a sled or something would be involved.
While it was fun to take all the kids, I'm excited when we can go without them. :)My
favorite part was getting to see the kids' school programs.
The first grade sang "Jingle Bell Rock" and Macey nailed all the moves. She pretty much practiced every day for the entire month, so I was glad to see it had paid off.
Miles' preschool did a little program and I had no idea if Miles would participate or not, he can be slightly unpredictable. But, he did awesome and sang almost all of the songs. His favorites being Up on the Housetop and The Dreidel Song. He can still be heard randomly singing them throughout the day.
Plus, I got him to wear a non-dinosaur shirt and jeans! That alone is practically a miracle these days.
I was in charge of Macey's class party and had a blast planning and running it. Macey's favorite part was Holly's station where they decorated sugar cones to look like Christmas Trees.
Another highlight was the snow we got the day before we left for Washington. I was planning on laying on the couch while they used up all their energy out there, but when Miles asked us to come play, we just couldn't resist.
This month I also singed the kids up for classes at The Little Gym. With the air quality being so bad, I haven't been letting them outside much. As a result they were tearing the house to shreds. I'm hoping this will help get out some of that excess energy.
I'm always sad when December is over, but I'm hoping January won't be so bad this year or at least move by quickly.
But with these 3, I'm not too concerned about getting bored.