We typically decorate our tree the day after Thanksgiving but since we had company I elected to wait till Saturday after they left. I was able to get the tree out Saturday but we kind of just ran out of time so we didn't end up decorating it until Sunday. It is such a joy to unwrap each of our little ornaments. And although my tree is not one of those gorgeous coordinating ones I wouldn't have it any other way. Each ornament has a story attached to it whether from our vacations throughout the year to sweet homemade ones.
The best picture I could get of all three of them in front our Thankful Tree! I haven't had the heart to take it down yet.
Henry got upgraded to a big towel. He loves his "new" duck towel!
Sunday night I got our Christmas village put up as well as finished getting out all the other decorations that we hadn't gotten out. The kids were especially excited to see the Rudolph nose and Snoopy.
Millie got to bring home the Letter Box from preschool. It was her job to collect items around our house that started with the letter G. We had so much fun gathering her stuff.
Got pictures in the girls cute ornaments.
Kate finishing up her painting in art class.
Then after art on Tuesday we hurried down to the hospital to pick up Tim and headed to the zoo for ZooLights! Every year we decide to pick one bigger type Christmas activity (that costs a bit). Last year we loved going to this fancy hotel in Scottsdale and enjoy their lights and events going on. But they jacked up the price this year plus I've heard from so many people that the ZooLights are amazing that we decided to give it a try. And it did not disappoint. The zoo lights were awesome! Aside from all the lights and the cool light show on the big lagoon and also the sheer excitement of being at the zoo at night, the kids favorite was this talking giraffe and tortoise they had that would interact and answer kids questions.
We first stopped by to see Santa! The girls were SO SO excited! Henry on the other hand totally lost it until I took him back and Santa offered him a candy cane! I was super bummed... I had been told that they let you take pictures with your own camera...but they wouldn't. Tim snuck a few.
And here's a picture of the one they took. So SO cute. Although not worth the $36 they wanted to charge me.
Wednesday I got to go help in Kate's classroom, which is always a highlight for both me and Kate! I snagged this picture of everyone's little country reports and people.
I should have known better than think I could put any Christmas ornament BALL on the tree! Henry has been actually really awesome with the tree. I was initially worried he would be pulling it over but he hasn't. Sure he likes pulling off some ornaments but mostly the ones that I put at the very bottom that I strategically put there. One night as I was cooking dinner though Henry brought me a large shard of broken ornament glass saying "un-oh ball" over and over again.
Decorating paper gingerbread men. Kate had a little at home art project she needed to complete. So of course everyone else wanted in on it.
Just playing at the rec center courtyard after dance on Thursday.
Millie was so proud of her gingerbread (wo)men she made a preschool! Look at that smile!
I love my helper girl. SO excited to put our wreath on our front door.
Oh and these were on the end cap while we were shopping...I never should have bought them...they are so dang good. I can't stop eating them!
Friday we hit up the children's museum. Every time we go somewhere fun while Kate is at school I still miss her and feel a little bad.
Friday was our ward Christmas party! The girls were excited once again to see Santa!
Henry not so much! Poor guy!
We had a really nice evening. The girls sang with the Primary. And Tim even made it for most of it! Then Saturday, after a tough week as Tim started his new rotation in the PICU, we enjoyed a really nice family day! Tim took the girls to the Home Depot workshop. We ended up having an impromptu lunch to Cafe Rio for lunch, enjoyed playing at home, I think I even snuck in a nap while Henry was napping and then we went to our rec center for a little Christmas "jubilee." It was a lot small of an event than I expected but we enjoyed some fun crafts, popcorn and hot cocoa and watched Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Although we were super disappointed by Santa. See below. I mean come on. Millie couldn't believe "he" didn't have a beard and then Kate leaned over to me and said "and he's even a girl." Henry hated Santa all the same.