Mainly just a post with a LOT of pictures to share. Our everyday moments. I've been trying to be better at capturing all the little things my boys do. They have been doing lots of cute things that I want to remember.
I feel like my memory is leaving me these days. I can't remember one day to the next, let alone what I'm supposed to do. I have to have my lists (not only because I love checking things off), but if it's not on the list, I seriously forget everything.
At the beginning of December I knew JC would be gone for at least 2 weeks during the month. I wanted to make the most of our weekends and do everything "Christmas" related we could find. I checked out all the festivities for our area and made a list and put them on the calendar. We've done a lot... and still have a list to do. Whether we get it done or not really doesn't matter, I just enjoy spending time out with my family at Christmas. =)
One of our first activities was "Santa's Pit Stop." Where else would Santa stop to refuel his sleigh except in "Rocket City USA." (Huntsville's nickname.)
We enjoyed playing in the snow (a bin full of man made snow...) I have to give them credit for trying. My boys loved it though. We visited the reindeer, made an ornament for the Christmas tree, ate some cookies, played with friends, and got to sit on Santa's lap.
Last weekend JC and I got to enjoy a date night out. We went downtown and toured all the historic homes in the Twickenham historic district. The owners open up their homes one night during Christmas and let you come and tour them. It was awesome! I love old homes... especially, when they are all decorated for Christmas! Most of the homes were built in the early 1900's and have been remodeled and upgraded, but still have the old Southern feel to them. The neighborhood is lined with thousands of luminaries and there are carolers, a bagpiper, and people singing up and down the street. Old fashioned cars were parked out in front of the houses. I loved it.
We enjoyed our Stake's Annual Christmas Festival on Sunday and were able to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas at The Burritt on the Mountain museum. (We went from cabin to cabin enjoying old fashioned Christmas activities and goodies.) A couple of friends have had girls nights out, which I took full advantage of... my payment for multiple weeks of single parent status.
I've watched Miracle on 34th Street twice and parts of White Christmas (JC's favorite) a few more. Any spare time I have I am submerging myself into preparing my Relief Society lesson for Sunday. Not sure how I got nominated for it, but I did. Our big Christmas lesson no less... (just thinking about it gives me butterflies!) the one where they invite all the Y/W and Primary leaders. I'm trying to tell myself to chill... and to just focus on the contents and the spirit of the lesson.
While making dinner and listening to my Michael Buble Christmas CD (best Christmas cd EVER!), I turned around to see Zenock conducting Kamden in a song.
After dinner it got really quiet. JC and I found these two quietly reading together. Such a sweet moment... They are never quiet.
My happy boy who laughs all the time. He loves his treats. He also loves the Christmas tree... We've had one ornament mishap so far. He pretty much thinks everything is a ball and will throw it if you hand it to him. It doesn't matter if it is your phone, a cup, a car, or his binkie. He's got quite the arm.
I love watching his eyes light up when he is sitting in front of the tree.
Watching the snow flurries. It started to snow one day. It didn't last.
We did simple decorating with our tree this year. I love how it turned out... even if we can't decorate the lower half of the tree, because of a certain one year old. Less is more... right?
Zenock did his preschool program at an assisted living home. All the boys did so great! Zenock was Joseph and said his lines loud and clear. (Sorry for the blurriness.)
My little climber... (sigh*)
Getting into lots more trouble now that he can walk.
He loves sitting in things to eat his snacks...
Our elf on the shelf has been up to some very sneaky things... like crate papering Zenock's door while he was sleeping. We thought it was hilarious. He didn't find it very funny and we found him crying on his bed when he woke up, because he didn't dare leave his room.
More Christmas pictures at night. =) I love the glow. With JC gone, I've had a lot of late nights to sit and think by the tree. What really matters, what I love, what I want for my children, where I want to be, what I need over what I want, and what Christmas is really about. I love this time of year!