We have done a few things to celebrate the season. I love how the boys are getting into holidays more.
We built a gingerbread house using a kit. We had to wait until just before bedtime because Alex wouldn't eat his dinner faster. So we didn't have time to let the house sit for 15 minutes before decorating it. The whole thing collapsed just after we finished.
We went to the church building for an open house before the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. Edison was really enjoying the plethora of cookies.
I decided to make treats to take to friends here. I made Peppermint Chocolate Oreo fudge.
After we finished delivering the fudge, we went to a park that you drive through and the lights are coordinated with a radio station. We tuned in and then drove very slowly so the park would last longer. It was pretty small but the boys loved it. They also loved the mini candy canes and that they were allowed out of their carseats.
The ward Christmas party was embarrassing. The organization was horrible. We were told it wasn't a dinner. Then we were told it was a dessert potluck. Then they said everyone should bring appetizers or desserts. It turned out that hardly anyone brought anything. The food was gone within minutes. The organizer announced that they were going to the store to buy more and asked that no one leaves. We had eaten a big dinner so I was fine not eating anything and I hung around so the boys could see Santa. Then we learned that Santa would no longer be showing up. So the bishop handed out the bags. The boys loved it still. But then it was announced that we were going to sing a capella. That is when I put on the boys' coats and left. After the failure of the Halloween party, I don't know what I was expecting.
Alex told me what to write to Santa. "Dear Santa, Happy birthday! I want Frank, tractors, DJ, Wingo, Snot Rod, and Boost for Christmas. I was a good boy all year. Love, Alex."
We read the story of Jesus' birth and acted it out with our little nativity scene. Alex seemed to pick up on a lot of it and has been telling me every day that Christmas is Jesus' birthday.
Alex has been asking for more than a month if we could build a snowman. It was finally a semi-warm day so I bundled up the boys and we went outside.
It was nearly impossible to even get the snow to stick together for a snowball. It was 23 degrees outside so I guess we need to wait until it warms up some more. So June.
We can't fly to Arizona with all of the Christmas gifts because some of them are too heavy or too big and would take up all of the space in our suitcases. We planned to have an early Christmas. Alex was so excited about opening presents and now he asks every day if he can open the rest of them.
The boys got tons of train tracks! Alex got some for his birthday so he already had enough to make a figure 8. But now he can build a city. Edison was pushing all of their cars around the track and saying, "Choo choo" nonstop.
I printed the first four years of our blog! Merry Christmas to me! In a few weeks, I will have another book to print, too. I feel so accomplished. I have written four large books! I am so glad I have kept up this blog and that it can be a record for me and my posterity.
We are excited to fly to Arizona tomorrow. Alex has been insisting that we set up a Christmas tree and I told him we will have one once we get there. I am so excited to have Arizona be our home for the holidays!