Sunday, December 29, 2013

December 2013

Happy Holidays! Hope your Christmas was as nice as ours and that your new year is safe and fun filled. December was s fun month, lots of time spent with family and friends and lots of festivities.

My house was decorated for the whole month which I love. There's nothing like having the lights on the tree lit up and a gingerbread scent going in the candle warmer. I love decorating for the holidays. Most of our Christmas shopping was done online (thankfully not at Target) but I still got to wrap, which I also love doing. Nate and I also kept up with another tradition of looking at lights. We found a house with a giant chicken out front and a life sized nativity in the side yard. Of course we went to see The Hobbit when it came out. We also got to hit up Maxwell's again with Mike and Sarah.

Nate and I babysat several times this month and on one occasion we made some gingerbread houses with Keith and Lacey. They were a huge hit! We also decorated sugar cookies with Jack and Henry but I forgot to take any pictures.

We added another niece to the family. Clementine is Zak and Domonique's first child. Welcome baby girl.

Katie invited all of us sisters-in-law to come over for a day of baking. I don't know who had more fun, the kids sampling the goodies or the adults talking.

My sister Kelley came in to town for the holidays during her school break and we've spent several days up at my mom's visiting. We spent Christmas Eve up in Salt Lake with my family. We had a nice ham dinner and received our traditional pajamas.

Christmas morning we spend time together, just the two of us. We started that tradition the first year we were married. Nate "accidentally" set an alarm for 5:30am and so we were up bright and early. We opened presents and made breakfast pizza. Nate was super excited to get a spotting scope for hunting and some snowshoes and I got an external flash for my camera and the newest version of Photoshop Elements. My gifts have already been put to good use! After presents Nate took a nap and I got started digital scrapbooking.

Christmas afternoon we went over the Nate's parents' house. We were able to skype with Aaron who is on a mission and we had our annual gift exchange and a Mexican feast for dinner. The evening was completed with a pinata for the kids and a game of tape ball. All in all it was a fun filled day.

Here's the double page layout I made for our Christmas. I really like how it turned out.

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