Most years we do tons of baking for the Christmas holiday. I used to be a great neighbor and bake a plate full of yummies and we would load the kids up and drive them up and down our road to our neighbors with a gospel tract. It's been a few years since I've had my ducks in a row enough to do that again, but maybe one day....
Making these Christmas Hugs are one of our favorites because EVERYONE can help with little to no supervision. They make a ton of them and they are super yummy.
We were invited to our friend's (the face painting artist) Christmas party this year.
He had things so kid friendly, turning his entire art studio into a place for kids to make crafts.
Our other friends provided music with their cellos and violins.
Caroline helped Lydia play her cello. So sweet.
The last Christmas letter and picture that we mailed out was in 2011. Shame on me. I think 2012 was busy and tight and then 2013 we thought for sure our boys would be come right after the New Year so I waited, planning to do a late one. That never happened.
So this year I was determined to pick back up that 15 year tradition.
I will definitely say that taking a family photo for Christmas cards is SO MUCH easier these days. No babies to prop up and no hooting and hollering trying to keep distracted toddler's attention. Kind of sad at the same time though. I think the hardest part now is convincing kids to wear what I want them to wear so they can coordinate.
First we tried a Christmas tree one and then headed outside.
|This one showed the septic tank lid in the background, although the kids look great.|
|This was one of my favorites - especially the look on Little Peanut.|
|This one was in the running too.|
|Eldest always has to cause a ruckus.|
|And I was really tempted to use this one. Maybe next year I'll be more inclined to go with it.|