Thursday, March 17, 2016

Christmas 2015

Our sweet little elf, Fred, returned to keep an eye on the girls again this year. And like always, he got into mischief. 

We converted to LED lights this year! It was so nice to not have to worry about the lights constantly turning off or random strands going out. Now we just need to stock up on other LED decorations. 
We started a new tradition this year. The 25 Books of Christmas. The girls loved opening a new book every night to sit by the tree and read. It can definitely get costly but I bought a bunch of the books in the dollar spot at Target, Dollar Tree and cheap books from Scholastic.
The girls love our Christmas Countdown. In addition to a piece of candy, I added a fun activity. The girls raced downstairs every morning to see what Fred did and check the countdown.
The girls wrote Santa a letter letting him know what they wanted and to bring it to the cabin! 
We went to the Celebration of Christmas this year and got to see Santa! We always love going to that show and our favorite part is when they tell the story of Jesus' birth complete with the wisemen on camels.
Since we were spending Christmas at the cabin, I felt "woodsy" ornaments would be appropriate for this years ornaments. Natalee got a fox and Haylee got an owl.
We had our annual Mother-Daughter baking day and made all of our yummy favorites. My favorites are lemon bars and peanut butter fudge!
Last Day of School till 2016! The girls were excited for Christmas break (and dress down day)!
Every year we go to Chris's house first before going to look at other Christmas lights. This year was no different. Except this year, I mapped out a new route to see lights. Some were awesome and some were lame. Lesson learned.
I took the girls to see the Nutcracker ballet. It would have helped if I had remembered it was a silent show. I thought it was more like a stage show. The girls were upset there was no talking.
Both girls marched in the QC Holiday Parade with Girl Scouts, my Mom and I made a bunch of doTERRA gifts again this year (soap, body butter and sugar scrub) and we went to Merry Main St for the first time which was a total waste of time!

And then we went to the cabin... We seriously had the best Christmas. We went up Christmas Eve and set up the tree and a few decorations. 
We let the girls open their Christmas Eve gifts, we put reindeer food outside so Santa could find our cabin, they said goodbye to Fred and went to bed.

Santa came!
Christmas morning we opened presents...
And saved the best (main gifts) for last. Haylee & Hannah got keyboards and Natalee got a desk. This is what they asked Santa for.
 Stocking time!
And then the snow started. It snowed the rest of the day and made for the perfect white Christmas like we had hoped for. Danielle, Hector and Nevaeh came up later that day and we had dinner and played games. 
The next day it snowed the entire day as well and I couldn't get over the beauty of it all. And the dogs liked it too! 
We took some pictures, made snow angels and even had a snowball fight!
BEST CHRISTMAS EVER! I think this will definitely be a yearly tradition.