{Christmas Preparation}

Hi again....yeah, I'm still here and finally plugged back in! Never really seemed to solve the problem after two trips to visit the Geek Squad and countless attempts on our own...so we are now uploading straight from the camera as opposed to taking the memory card in and out and so far it seems to be working...who knows...we are just keeping our fingers crossed at this point.  Please bare with me as I back track a bit to get this little family blog of ours updated and caught up. 

The days leading up to Christmas were magical.  We had a lot of snow on the ground and that always helps to add to the Christmasy feeling.  Dave and the girls were part of our church's live nativity.  I think standing near a real honest to goodness camel was just a wee bit exciting for everyone.

After writing letters to Santa {pictures lost in the chaos somewhere....:( } We got our rolling pins and cookie cutters ready.

we had so much fun with all the sugary goodness

We tried something new this year for Christmas Eve dinner. We made a meal of appetizers and fondue.  The girls thought this was so much fun and clean-up was a snap.  
our handsome chef got to kind of take the night off...busy cooking day tomorrow...:)

all dressed up and ready for church
trying to steal a moment in the middle of the chaos
see Aubrey?
she keeps pulling Janey's headband off
and laughing
really hard

got that Christmas kiss after all
new jammies 

making sure the cookies are "ok" for Santa

finishing up last minute letters 
Riley left a box for Santa to draw a picture of himself and Janey asked the elves to do the same

reading The Night Before Christmas together
Do you have the Mary Engelbreit illustrated version?
It's our favorite.

Everyone eagerly jumped into bed around 8:30.
With visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads :)
Of course that's when the real work began.....


  1. It looks like you've had some fun the past couple weeks. Your cookies look so cute. It's fun when you have all the little hands "helping" frost and decorate them.

  2. looks like a fun way to get ready for the big day. I love the idea of appetizers for dinner Christmas eve, might have to remember that next year

  3. Cindy, it looks like you had a great Christmas. Love all the pictures. Are you enjoying your new camera?

  4. Welcome back Cindy!
    You guys are so cute!

  5. So glad you're back up and running! Your cookies are totally adorable. Looks like such a fun time.

    And, YEAH! You took some family shots. Does that mean you set up a tripod?!?! You go, Cindy! :)

  6. okay, i seriously got goosebumps at the adorable family picture in front of your tree (with the kiss) and your youngest being silly. I never thought of the timer and tripod. (or the kiss) It's so very sweet and you'll treasure that one with your family is grown. just darling! Happy Monday, tara

  7. Love these pics! Happy Monday to you! I have one hour to be a little more productive around here! :)

  8. Hope you and your family have a wonderful New year!!
    Many Blessings

  9. The cookies look pretty and so delicious!

    Love the pictures. Seriously, those are great and the ones of the girls in front of the tree....better than any Christmas studio picture I've seen.

    I can tell you are having fun with your new camera. :)

  10. Looks like Aubrey loved her little pony! So cute!

  11. hey, how did I already get behind over here?! I love your Christmas Eve post ... funniest part? we also do fondue on Christmas Eve (and even have the same appliance!) ... and we also have the very same Mary Engelbreit TTNBC book to read just before bed ;-) I knew there was a reason I was drawn to you!!

    ps - love the girls christmas outfits, those plaid skirts are to die for!!