The good times are gone, I don't like this time of year...the time after all the fun holidays and excitement of friends and family. Christmas is over, decorations put away, yummy food is all eaten, and now it's back to school for the long haul until Easter (no, Valentine's and St. Patrick's Day don't count). But even though I am sad to see the holidays go yet another year, we did have a great time. We didn't really travel anywhere for the first time in many years, which make for a much more relaxing vacation. I usually get crazy with all the kids home all day but this year I really didn't mind it. It was nice not to have be driving all over town to a hundred different activities, working on homework, getting up early. It was a great break for all of us. My pictures are a little out of order but that's ok. So we will just start off with Christmas then. We had to figure out how to work it in our new house--we decided that all the kids would gather in Tyler's room and call to us to wake us up to see if Santa really came, and to let Dad get the lights on and the fire started. The kids were so excited.
Eric is also trying to get the family into skiing. He has grand visions of family ski vacations. I have only been 3 times so far and am getting slightly better each time, but I'm still a green circle girl. Jacob and Tyler and practically pros. They ski all the black diamonds with Eric and do a great job. No fear. We put Maggie and Joey in a lesson over Christmas break as well and they both did good and liked it. I guess we will see what happens over the next few winters, if Eric's dreams really do come true!
So here we are getting out of order. Rewind back to November. Maggie turned 7! Oh my, only one more year until my third child is baptized! We had her party at a ceramic painting shop. The girls loved it. It was a little more hectic than I thought it would be, but at least there was no mess at my house! The girls got to pick a small ceramic and paint it. Then I had to pick them up a few days later after the place had fired them and deliver them to the girls.
She is taking a dance class nearby and had the chance to be a candy cane in their Nutcracker performance. Boy did she LOVE getting dressed in her costume with all that makeup on. She did so good at her dance. She was right on cue and remembered all the steps. It was so much fun to watch her.
We also had our annual Ugly Sweater Party this Christmas. We invited a new crowd from our new ward. It was a blast. Everyone had a good time. I made a Christmas tree sweater this year.