Friday, January 8, 2010

Scenes of the Season

Selecting a Christmas Tree:

Black Friday shopping - nope. Our day-after-Thanksgiving tradition took us once again to our favorite local Lee Farms for the hunt for this year's Christmas tree. Since we'd be leaving right after Christmas we wanted to have it up for as long as possible to enjoy the sight and smell. Of course we also did the tradition picture in front of some random tree (from the looks of the photo, it seems this is the only one in the lot!). But after looking and searching and the boys becoming more interested in the stray cat the started following us, we settled on one - as imperfect as it was, we still loved it.

Gingerbread house night with all the family:
We gathered up at Grammy and Papas to decorate homemade gingerbread and create one-of-a-kind houses. The creativity this year included Papa's house becoming a church, Andrew's dance floor for the elves, and Santa fitting down a chimney. The night is always full of laughter and a fun memory-maker year after year.
(grammy's homemade gingerbread plus tons of festive holiday candy, and...)

(helpful little hands (kindof :), equals...)

(This year's creative masterpieces! One to keep and one to share.)

A Visit to Santa:
We were able to coordinate everyone's family schedule and go see Santa all together this year! It was a rainy, wet afternoon, but thanks to Bridgeport Village's enclosed gazebo, the wait was dry, warm and even fun! The kids shared their Christmas wishes with Santa, ate their north pole candy cane and topped it off with piping hot cocoa from Tutto Benne. Us moms know that this a short-term tradidtion as the kids grow older, but for now, we soak it in and enjoy the magic of children at Christmas-time. (All 12 grandkids (missing one who didn't want his picture taken) waiting for their turn to see Santa.)(Santa came out to greet the kids - he told them stories about the north pole and answered a BUNCH of eager kids' questions.)

Family Humanitarian Project:
With Papa and Grammy's help and endless generosity, we were able to spend an evening together during the holiday season experiencing the true meaning of Christmas. Grammy purchased supplies and we put together heigene kits and school kits. Our kids helped pack the kits into boxes to be shipped to Salt Lake City to the LDS Humanitarian office where they can be sent on to cities or countries of the world in need. (Bo helps mom put toothbrushes in a heigene kit)(Getting 12 grandkids to perform an orderly assembly line was a lost cause, but we managed and had a lot of fun doing it)


Ashleigh said...

Can I come to gingerbread house night? Looks so fun. Do you bake all of the pieces? And seriously, the pic with all of you in your vests, with the trees.... could there be a cuter family? no.