Happy New Year


This was the first year I put a lot of thought into what I wanted NYE to be for our family – and all the future NYEs to come. It was the first year we made plans for the kids to stay up late! It was a night spent at home, just us, fully engaged in us. We kept it simple and fun with tooth pick foods, an abundance of sparklers, a hysterical game of family twister, we watched old and new family videos, and had fun with this photo booth that the kids and I made fancy bow ties and headpieces, (Landin didn’t care for his crown) and I found some fancy fabric for the backdrop that I plan to pull out year after year for the same family photo year after year. I thought this part of the party was more for me, but because the camera was on a tripod the kids had a blast working the shutter and the first thing Addi asked this morning is if she could see the pictures. Happy New Year!

  

Christmas magic

When Bennett sat on Santa’s lap and was asked what he wanted for Christmas he said “a candy cane”.

For weeks this is what he said.

The first thing Bennett pulled from his stocking on Christmas morning was a note from Santa…

[remnants of carrots from what he had left the reindeer.]

Landin got a broken scrap left behind.

Thanks Santa – you made a magical memory for one little boy.
  

our digital card

This year we did not mail out cards.  Instead, the money we would have spent on cards and postage has been donated to our favorite charities.  I do love receiving and giving cards but this tends to be an every other year thing for me.  Love and peace to all this Holiday Season and new year!