December came fast. . .
We had a lot to do. . .
We decorated, and decorated and decorated!
It was Karalyn's turn to put the star on this year.
She was fascinated by the tree this year, always making sure that every ornament was perfectly placed.
(and mostly fixing all the ornaments that Kody would take off each day!)
We put up all our nativities again this year.
Karalyn was finally old enough to help me and I let her touch the pieces.
She wanted "play dates" with baby Jesus each day.
It was fun to see all the different places that baby Jesus ended up this year.
My favorite was her doll house.
Our family even dressed up like the Nativity this year.
We were transported back in time for an
OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
for our ward party this year.
We had so much fun looking at Christmas Lights this year.
This was my favorite.
This was Kyle's favorite.
The kids were really in the Christmas Spirit this year.
They watched Christmas movies and had sleepovers by the Christmas tree.
We had Cookie Baking Day!
I had a great time with the boys baking cookies because I spent the rest of the day
with Karalyn at her FIRST song and dance recital!
I kept telling everyone I was so out of my element backstage at a recital.
I felt like I needed a dugout. . .
But I had so much fun.
Karalyn was a superstar!
It was a very LONG day and Karalyn was very tired by the time the day was over!
We took our Christmas trip into the CITY!
We found the elves. . .
and the REAL SANTA. . .
And then we headed across the Bay to look at the lights at the TEMPLE. . .
They were beautiful this year!
For the past few years it has been raining on the day we were there so we couldn't walk up on the temple grounds. . . this year was so fun with the kids as we got to go up and look over the city from the top of the temple.
We brought Christmas Eve with the Pinata Tradition and an amazing dinner made by Grandma!
We got home to find a book and note from Santa, with our new Christmas Jammies!
We were finally ready for Christmas To Come!
And it CAME!
Some of us weren't so impressed with what we got.
You see Kris wrote a letter to Santa asking him for a mini i pad. Santa wrote him back and let him know they had plenty of eye patches up at the North Pole!
(don't worry - he had a great Christmas!)
Others couldn't hold back their excitement after seeing exactly what they wanted!
And Karalyn was certainly surprised to see that Santa not only brought her the "stand up microphone" she asked for but also brought a whole stage to go with it!
AND it is so fun to experience Christmas with a TODDLER!
And a husband . . . who just loves everything about Christmas!
We packed up and took a little family getaway on Christmas Day. . .
to the CHRISTMAS TREE INN!
We were hoping that our view would look a little more like this. . .
and we would have a little snow to play in, but there was no snow to be found!
Well, I take that back. Kris was able to find a little snow to play in before he plunged into the. . .
Since we couldn't find any snow to play in we stopped at this little ice skating rink in an old red barn and had a great time!
So once again, as it is New Years Eve, Christmas is over yet again.
Tomorrow we will take the tree down and we will celebrate a new year.
Here's to Christmas 2013!
Good news. Kody. Christmas will be back next year.