Christmas Recap...

Christmas 2016 has come and gone and what a blessed, fun and memorable time we had.  We are so thankful for the birth of our Savior and being able to celebrate with family and friends!  Merry Christmas to each of you too!  Today I am recapping all the fun we had from start to finish, so buckle up there's lots of photos to share...

We started Christmas off with a "Christmas Eve Before You Leave" service with Nana and Papa since we wouldn't see them until after Christmas (those festivities are about to kick off actually ;).  We enjoyed going to their church in town and seeing a live nativity acted out ending with one of my favorite Christmas traditions singing Silent Night by candlelight.

Then Solon's last day of school was Thurday and I am one of 5 homeroom moms ;) so I left the girls with Nana and headed to help with the party.  The kids made these darling puzzle piece ornaments.

After school, we picked up the girls and Daddy and headed out for Mexican - Feliz Navidad!!!!  My kids LOVE Mexican food...they eat their weight in queso and refried beans!

Say cheese....err...I mean queso!

The next morning we woke up to the biggest, puffiest snowflakes and a fresh blanket of wet snow.

So we got to work getting ready for my family to come to town!  They both flew in from Seattle and Pittsburgh and met at the lake house the night before and then drove down!  We couldn't wait so we stayed busy...

We set the table and whipped up some yummy cookies!

Then while Lucy napped we went out and shoveled and built a snowman!

Then we waited as patiently as we could at the window and then jumped up and down like crazy people upon their arrival :)

That night my mom gave us our matching pajamas and we headed out to get coffee and cocoa before driving around to look at Christmas lights and sing Christmas carols in the car.  It was a highlight of the entire Christmas season.  Some asked how we convinced the guys - there were 3 pint sized people who were so excited, they couldn't say no ;)!

The next morning was Christmas Eve and we let the kids exchange their gifts they bought for each other in the morning and then spent the day playing games like table tennis on the dining room table (similar item here).

We got dressed up and headed to church then we came home and had our traditional appetizer spread - everything from buffalo chicken dip to swiss fondue.

Then we opened presents and read the Nativity Story and Twas The Night Before Christmas before setting out 8 carrots, a couple cookies and a mug of milk.  Solon event penned a note for Santa. 

After the kids were tucked in, we played this game.  We laughed SOOOOOO hard.  I cannot tell you the last time I laughed that hard.  So fun!!!!

Then before we knew it, Lucy was our 6:30am wake-up call!  We posed for our traditional stair photo before dashing down to see if Santa came!  And he delivered....

He brought the kids just what they asked him for - a barn and farm equipment for Solon, An American Girl Dalmatian for Vera, and a chair of her very own for Lucy!  They also got a few surprises they enjoyed :)!

We spend the next 2 days in comfy clothes doing this...

...and a little make-up!

...and a little more of that!

My dad's parents drove over for lunch on Christmas Day and we all enjoyed being together.

We spent the rest of our time together playing LOTS of games everything from Operation, to Uno, to Spot It!, to Catan Seafarer's Edition and the card game Hand and Foot.

We finished my family's visit with a trip to see the movie, SING!

It was Lucy's first movie and she did great 95% of the time!  Gotta love those recliner loveseat chairs!

We had a great Christmas and are so thankful our family made the trip to see us!  So many great memories made and traditions continued.  Now off to soak up the last few days of winter break and celebrate with Scott's side of the family!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!