Friday, December 26

Silver Bells... It's Christmas Time!

We had a really fun Christmas this year. It seems like the more kids you add to the mix and the older they get, the more fun it can be. Dennis and I continued our tradition of making doughnuts on Christmas Eve. I was very pleased that some friends we took them to didn't believe they were actually homemade! We also spent the evening at said friends' house and then put the little kiddos to bed in anticipation of Santa coming.

Six dozen doughnuts... some with traditional vanilla glaze and some frosted in chocolate

After bedtime, Dennis and I stayed up until 1:30 or so wrapping presents and getting things all set up. Then, Andrew woke up with his very first tooth! Congratulations little guy... it only took 9 1/2 months.

Cuddling with Daddy and checking out what Santa brought

On Christmas morning, we did the typical opening of the presents. Even though it's just our little family we really enjoyed it. It's nice to have our own traditions! Sarah and Emma played all day with their new kitchen and some fun dress-up princess dolls. Andrew seemed to like his first Christmas. Daddy found some great John Deere stuff that even the girls were envious of!

The one downfall of the small family Christmas is how hard it is to get all the pictures I'd like to have. Here is one of the kids and I right before we started.

Just one last picture of our pre-Christmas activities. For Family Home Evening that week we dipped pretzel sticks in chocolate. They were scrumptious! I love Sarah giving the thumbs up sign. I do this to her sometimes when she's done a good job and now she even likes to "give me thumbs" like giving five, except with only the thumb. So funny!


Eric and Jenny said...

Donuts and chocolate covered pretzels you are making me hungry, they look delecious. What a fun Christmas, you look so gorgeous and I loved the picture of Dennis and Andrew, he is getting so big.

smithsmiles said...

What a fun Christmas. I love your traditions and all the activities you do w/the kids. I don't know how you do it. The pictures are so cute. I especially love the one of Dennis & Andrew and the one of you and Sarah!

Jon and Melissa said...

Yummy! I LOVE donuts! Guess next time we are together you will be making those for me. Thanks! That is so fun that you wrapped the huge kitchen. I love it! How exciting to unwrap. You look beautiful in all the pictures and we missed you like crazy. It just wasn't the same! love ya

Amanda said...

It looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas.
My four year old came in while I was looking at your blog and he told me he thought Sarah was really beautiful.
I thought it was pretty cute

Shaun - Jillian said...

It sounds/looks like you had a great Christmas! I am sure the girls were so fun to have! Andrew is getting so big and I love his big eyes!! I think that you should post your homemade donut recipe! That looks like one I need to try!! I also love the thumbs up picture! Isn't it hilarious all of the things they pick up!?

Jennie's bunch said...

You're doughnuts were sooooo yummy! I am very impressed!! I'm totally serious when I tell you I want to come and get cooking classes from you!! You are AWESOME!!! Merry Christmas!! We're all for the quiet family Christmas too!:)