Happy holidays to everyone out there! I’ve really been enjoying this holiday season- the first one in our new home. We had a pretty low key Thanksgiving, just went over to my parent’s house and whoever was around showed up for a fantastic meal.
Aunt Jaime managed to come see us for a couple days before Thanksgiving, so we had a good time with her. Even managed to sneak out and see Santa!
(I don’t know who the kid in the Chief’s shirt is but he had a pretty specific list for Santa)
A couple weekends later, my brother Ben and his family came back for the weekend, so we got some quality cousin time with Beau and Jace. We even managed to get a cousins picture. It was pretty hilarious, and I don’t think any of us got a perfect shot, but here are my outtakes:
Jenna is surrounded by all these crazy boys.
This marks the first year I (as an adult) have ever bought a real Christmas tree. I got it at Hy-Vee and it is so beautiful. I don’t know what it is about Christmas that turns me into a giant mushball. There’s something so nostalgic and cozy about this holiday. YouTube has a couple awesome Christmas music playlists that I just put on and sit on the couch by the tree at night to wind down.
Big lesson learned this year- I hate LED lights on trees. They are super bright and don’t create any ambiance. Hubby tried to tuck the lights deep in the tree, which helps, but they are OUT next year. It’s still a gorgeous tree. As well as the custom tree skirt- courtesy of From Old Stuff (https://www.facebook.com/FromOldStuff?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser) aka my mom.
The kids had a great time decorating with all the “balls”. You’ll notice there seems to be a huge cluster of them right around eye level for them, Hubby and I evened that out a little after they went to bed. They still like to mess around with them, but they’re getting used to “NO TOUCHING”.
I finally had room to display my nativity scene that I got for my wedding 5 years ago.
We have an exciting couple weeks coming up, I think Tyler has a Christmas program this week and next weekend the Christmas celebrations begin. Quite a few parties within the next couple weeks, plus a trip to Kansas! The kids and I haven’t been down there in awhile, so that’s a much needed trip.
These kids keep growing and growing. I don’t think we’re going to be able to call her “Baby Jenna” much longer.
I have to share this picture for you, I snuck in and took it one night. When Ben was home, he and Kyle went hunting and they let Beau and Tyler have a pheasant feather. Tyler loved it so much he slept with it.
And then it got bent and he cried and cried and wanted me to fix it. It mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night and we haven’t heard anything about it since.
Well I’m not sure when I will get to blogging next, I’m hoping sometime before the new year because I’m sure I’ll have plenty of good Christmas pictures to share with you. Have a wonderful holiday season, may your friends and family stay safe and happy, and a big thank you to everyone who is reading this. I know if you’re reading this you are probably someone special in our lives, and even if we don’t see you very often, know that we love you! Merry Christmas!