Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New Year's Eve

For New Year's Eve, we had Ben's family over and snacked on appetizers all day and played games. After they left, we watched an early New Year's countdown with Ellie and watched our One Second Everyday video. One Second Everyday is an app I have on my phone, and it's fantastic. I take a one second video each day, and it complies them all together into a sweet little reminder of our year :)

I was pretty terrible at keeping up on my vidoes the last few months of the year, and then my phone camera broke which didn't help matters, but it's still pretty darn sweet :) I love looking back at our year like this, and I love having it as a New Year's Eve tradition!

December Highlights

December Highlights

-Ellie was Student of the Month at school! Yay Ellie! The theme of the month was caring :) Of course our sweet little hearted girl would earn Student of the Month during caring month :) We're so proud of her!!!! 
-Cutting down our own Christmas Tree and then decorating for Christmas 
-Holiday arts and crafts galore! 
-Reading Christmas books each day and playing with the plastic nativity
-Early celebration of Christmas with Grammy and Papa before they left town
-Cookie Exchange party
-Celebrated our 6th anniversary! The kids went to sleepover at Grammys and we had an entire weekend to ourselves! We went out to dinner, went shopping, saw a movie and slept a good long solid night's sleep!! 
-Continuing the tradition of scones and hot chocolate night. My favorite Christmas tradition! Since we weren't with family this year, I threw a scones and hot chocolate party and invited friends over. 
-On Christmas Eve, we made cookies for Santa, opened one present early (soft cozy christmas blankets!), made enchiladas for dinner( I decided this is going to be a new tradition because who doesn't want enchiladas every Christmas Eve, right?!), watched a Christmas movie together and read the story of Christ's birth out of the Bible. 
-Had a fantastic Christmas morning complete with Church, gifts, lots of time to play with new toys and game night at the Winegar's. 

(pictures not in order) 

Christmas Eve

The kids playing with Ben's one gift he opened early, a VR set

Cutting down our tree! We chose a Virgina pine that smelled like an entire forest all on it's own :) 

Aiden spent most of his time looking for ants

The only picture of me from out in the tree field. Blurry, but still, at least it proves I was there!


Celebrating early Christmas with Grammy and Papa


 Ellie sleeping under the glow of her twinkle lights

This post is getting shorted a bit. All it's getting is a quick summary because I'm not much in the mood to blog tonight, but I just finished adding the music to our One Second Everyday video and so I'm REALLY itching to blog about New Years! Can't blog about New Years before the December post is up, so here it is.