The fun just keeps on going this week. Katie and are going to Haleigh's (Jen's daughter) slumber party today. She is turning 13...I can hardly believe it! Tomorrow we drop off my Mom at the airport. Then New Year's eve and most of New Year's day will be spent with the Buckman's at their home.
This week will be a recap of last weeks festivities. I hope to post lots of photos and recipes as well.
Christmas eve was a nice relaxing day for us. We were hoping to go to the Christmas eve service, but with all of the snow we got and the weather conditions we decided not to. I was a little disappointed. I love the singing and the scripture reading. The church is always decorated so beautifully. The service always ends with a candle light ceremony...it is so beautiful! It always focuses me. But alas it was not meant to be this year, and I wasn't going to let it get me down. So instead I focused on the blessing of my sweet family and how much I love them.
We made gift tags for all of our gifts.
For dinner we had sparkling cranberry juice, potstickers, Brian made Kung Pao chicken, and for dessert we had gingerbread cookies that we had made the day before.
We give the children three gifts...like the Wise men brought to Jesus. The gifts fall under these categories: fun, practical, and spiritual. The fun gift this year will be our family vacation.
Ian's spiritual gift, a snow globe with a nativity scene.
Katie's spiritual gift, a wild olive tee.
Ian's practical, Alvin and the chipmunk's tee.
Katie's practical, fashion boots.
Don't forget the stockings! Ornaments, little toys, games, socks.
Brian got a 6-inch Wustoff chef's knife, to add to his collection