I have never had any posts that had to be divided into parts!  There were so many wonderful things that we did this month and I just didn't have time to blog about them.  I am playing a little catch up.  First of all, I hope each of you had a precious time with your friends and family and a sweet Christmas. 


We always spend lots of days in December making gifts for our friends and family.  My daughter had such a fun time making these paintings with her friends initials on them.  They were such an inexpensive project that we picked up from Joann's and her friends really loved them.


 For all of you out there that make beautiful gingerbread houses each year…we can not be friends.  The children and I are not capable of such feats and we decided this year to make the gingerbread tree.  Yes….TREE!!!!!  Do not laugh.  Do not judge.  You never saw how bad the houses were!!!




One of the neatest things we did was go see A Walk Through Bethlehem.  A church in the area has a huge tent that you walk through and the actors talk to you about what they are doing and some of them talk about a king that will be born.  At one point an angel appears and proclaims Christ's birth.  My daughter didn't even want to see the rest of the town at that point.  She kept pulling on me and saying, "Come on mom.  I want to see the king".  We all loved it. 


It was also a fun month to play with friends….


make candy ALL day……


and perform Christmas plays.  This is one of my friend's daughters.  She was the angel and she stood on the stairs, " Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news for all people".  It was so sweet and the children were so cute.  Please notice that even the daddies couldn't get out of playing along.  They were wise men….of course.



This little trickster is my youngest.  We were so busy watching an awarding winning performance that we didn't notice that he was STUFFING his face with some of the candy we had made.  I am so happy to let you know that there was no throwing up that night……a true Christmas miracle!