December. Full of stockings, Christmas lights, Christmas ornaments, hot chocolate, Christmas carols & time together. My little guys were just.so.excited this year. James was my decorator, singer & was hanging ornaments on my buffet in the dining room before the tree was even up! Hayden was my run-around-and-dance-happy-feet fella. ;-) My sweet Calvin was a non-crawler, to army-crawler, to full blown crawler by the end. The day he figured out that he could crawl to the tree and reach up for the ornaments was the day we took it down! haha.
James begged us for Christmas lights for his house, so we decided that would be our 'new purchase' for this year. He wasn't totally satisfied without lights on the whole house, but we enjoyed starting it out!
|my big helper. notice the dog bowl OVERflowing.|
|chair-fort for watching a movie|
Our major house-update for this winter was painting all of our trim white. We had original, real wood trim which was really great, but very mismatched. We had so many different colors in the wood from the moldings...to the doors... to the kitchen cabinets... it just wasn't our favorite thing. So we decided to go for the white, clean finish. It.is.great. I decided I would love to paint the door off our kitchen to our garage blue, but it was just too bright. We thought it over, and chose a darker shade from a the paint color card we used in our den for a more coordinated look. I love the door now!
I continued my tradition of handmade felt ornaments as gifts for family & one for ourselves as well. I hope that I can keep this tradition up, and one day, maybe I'll be really good at it. ;-)
We took the boys out to look at Christmas lights more than once & packed a sippy cup of hot chocolate to-go... it was one of the most fun things we did this year! besides the always fun sugar cookie making&decorating tradition...
|my boys love hot-hot-hot, hot chocolate!!|
|my boys creations to the left...|
We got to take a trip up to see our nieces the weekend before Christmas & had such a nice time together. It is always so much fun when we get to be together, and I can't believe how big all of the kiddos are getting. It seems a little crazy to me that my nieces are 6 and (almost) 8!?? What a blessing it is to have my brother's family just one step ahead of us on this path for raising kids.
|all 5 of the Austin grandkids!|
|how much fun is a car full of kiddos??|