Thursday, January 5, 2012
November & December 2011
We've had a wonderful couple of months filled with festivities and family time. We've enjoyed celebrating old traditions and making new ones. I feel like I need to get my calendar out to remember all that we've done.
~ November 2011 ~
~ December 2011 ~
Christmas traditions have become very near and dear to our hearts. We don't have consistent Thanksgiving or Christmas traditions with our extended families because not everyone lives close to one another. So while our family gatherings change from year to year, what we do in our little family has remained constant.
December 19, we constructed our gingerbread houses. This is the first year we used a kit instead of graham crackers and hot glue. They stood up for all of three minutes after the decorating was completed... Daniel said the best part was the "smashing" at the end!
December 21-23, we celebrated Deron's birthday and we began Christmas celebrations with my side of the family. My parents' gift to us was an old fashioned Christmas experience in the cabins at a local state park. It was wonderful! We let the kids make ornaments to decorate the tree, watched Christmas movies, opened and played with gifts, baked and decorated cookies, and we drank coffee on the screened in porches. Deron got me a french press coffee maker for Christmas, and it takes coffee to a whole new level. Despite the rain and cold weather, the boys slept on the porch, and they didn't get sick! The sun came out the day we left, and the kids didn't want to go home. I didn't want to go home either...