So here is a brief recap of our Christmas festivities. God blessed us immensely this year. We were able to buy gifts for a few less fortunate kids, deliver gifts to sweet children whose parents sadly are in prison, spend a couple of days with Jeremy's family and squeeze in a short visit with my sister. It was truly a perfect Christmas.
And we ended the Christmas celebrating with a warm fire, pizza and a movie.
On our way home from Cloudcroft we stopped by Abilene to spend Christmas with Sara, Conner, Jackson and Harrison. It was an extremely short visit but so fun to get to see them.
Christmas morning came bright and EARLY as all of the kids were still on TX time. We were all up checking out what Santa brought by 4:45am! (yes that is correct) Needless to say all of us adults had about 8 cups of coffee to find our smiles for the camera. Santa brought our sweet girls a train set, blocks, books, puzzles, games and clothes. It was so fun to see their faces when they realized Santa brought exactly what they asked for.
It snowed a little the night we got there. Thankfully there was an area on the golf course completely shaded. The snow melted everywhere else but this little bitty section, which was just enough to go sledding down. The girls loved it, but I have to admit I loved it more!
We got the chance to spend Christmas in Cloudcroft, NM with Jeremy's family. Jeremy's Aunt Nita has a cabin on the golf course. It was so much fun! We picked out a Christmas tree from the forest (with a permit of course), decorated it with fruit loop garland and lights.
Jeremy helped the girls make a Trix house and decorate it with candy. Not totally convinced we could keep Mallory from eating regular gingerbread and not wanting to spend a small fortune making GF gingerbread only to throw it away we went with Trix and marshmallows. The weight of the icing proved to be to much as it collapsed fairly quickly despite structural enhancements by the our resident civil engineer.
From Dec 12th until we left to see Gran & Grandad we made a craft (ha! or "crap" as Mallory says. She is still learning her "ft" sound) or did something Christmas-y. The all time favorite was snowmen.