Saturday, January 31, 2015

Christmas! (and other things)

[Just when you thought you were finished seeing people's Christmas photos!]

December was magical.
We stayed home.
We kept it simple.
It was easy and peaceful.

At the end of the month, I kept hearing people say things like,
"I'm SO glad December is over!"
I did not say that.
I loved it.

Ben took Alice to see the Nutcracker.
It was pretty much the sweetest thing ever.

Preschool Christmas crafts!

Trips to the library

Went to see Santa!

Alice was awkwardly nervous.
Clementine wasn't a fan.

An unseasonably warm day called for a picnic!

...followed by more snowy days.

One morning, Alice asked if we can make a gingerbread house.
I pulled out some gluten-free graham crackers, a hot glue gun, and some candy, 
and she went to town.
She had a blast and was so proud of her creation.

We went to church on Christmas Eve.
Alice stayed in the service with us.
I wish I had a picture of the moment all the candles were lit and we were singing Silent Night.
I whispered to Alice, "Would you like to hold my candle?"
Her expression made me want to cry.
She carefully held my candle while we sang.

Then, we went to Bonefish for dinner!
(I kind of love when Ben makes ridiculous faces for pictures.)

Christmas morning felt magical.
It was calm, serene.
I know that will likely change as the girls get older, but I hope not.

Later that morning, we went to Ben's parent's house with the whole family.
SO fun!
(Ben and Jonathan!)

The following week was fun, too.

Matching outfits from Nona:

Clementine is now a standing pro!
{One million cheers for Occupational Therapy!}

Crazy cold day and Alice still wanted to play outside.

They laugh SO hard when they take baths together.

We went to Chick-fil-A for dinner on New Year's Eve.
In typical CFA fashion, they did a fantastic job!
We had a great time!

2014, you were really great.
You were a year of rest for our family.
You were filled with the sweetest of memories.
2015 has a big shoes to fill!


Kelly said...

A's hair is SO long!!! Glad to see you posting again!

Miss G said...

love your tree skirt!

I am a big fan of serene Decembers. Ours was nice too!

I didn't realize Clementine had occupational therapy.