Saturday, January 13, 2018

"It's Christmas Time..... Let's Stay Home"

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year was truly the most wonderful time.  I can't believe we ended another year, enjoyed the holidays & now looking into a new year!  It's always such an exciting month!  WE love the holidays and all that comes with them!  I love looking back at all the photos of so many smiles, twinkling lights, snuggling with kiddos, friends making up memories that we will always have!  Our kids are getting so big & the older they get, the older Santa gets which leads to more soaking up of every moment of the month.  Sometimes with all that can be going on or things that need to get done, soaking up the moments can be hard.  For me, I think the busy gene has been removed from my body at least for December.  I just can't do it anymore.  There are SO many things to do around this time of year.  AS fun as they all seem, I just can't do them all.  I can't go to every event or party or do every Pinterest activity.  It just makes December feel too tired &  dreadful. As good and yummy as all the holiday food looks, you just can't fit it all on your plate or you will have a terrible tummy ache.  Picking & Choosing our most favorite things & if there happens to be more room, you can always add something.  So is the same with holiday hustle &  bustle.  You just can't fit it all on your plate or you end up feeling exhausted & unable to enjoy each day of the month. This year, I tried so hard to not get too overwhelmed and pile my plate too full.  I tried to just move slowly through the month & remember what truly mattered....we already had.  So if something didn't happen, it was ok.  It truly was ok, cause it felt like a sweet, sweet month & a great Christmas.  Lots of fires and family time.  Just how I like it. There's No Place Like Home & that is why we say...
Let's Stay Home
As we begin our new year, that thought will come along with me.  

 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!  Everywhere you go......
 Under the mistletoetoe.... come on let's get in the spirit
 "Can you just take the picture Noah????

Trying to take a good pic of just us...but we can't stop laughing

Annddddd....... This Is Us
Merry Christmas 2017 
Love the Orange Family
This year we decided to include the rest of our "farm" on our Christmas card

She is happy about her surprise decorating Mama did while she was gone.
These are the little things that make it all worth it... 

 decorating for Santa.... 
 Christmas Eve Service... My FAVORITE!

 Late night wrapping for me and Santa

 Yummy Christmas biscuits made by Daddy

 Do you hear what I hear???? 

A guitar πŸŽΈ electric drums πŸ₯
3 microphones πŸŽ€ πŸŽ€πŸŽ€
How about a karaoke machine.... 
to make things louder for everyone? 
We may have sang “Silent Night” at church last night, but today.... 
Hark the Harold Angels Sing...

πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ»πŸ‘ΌπŸ» Glory to the Newborn King! Happy Birthday to Jesus! Merry Christmas Friends! 

 coloring by the fire is always cozy

Why did I think this would be fun?

 Christmas Dinner with the family

Merry Christmas to Us

 See ya next year...... Love, Sonny

 A few more December pics
 Just a December night feeling the warmth of an Italian cuisine and children singing

 these two have sure grown up so much

 snowman wine glasses keep you warm when it's cold outside

 just a December throwback of Noah... Oh Me, Oh My

 We did a LOT of this in December

 Sweet little best friends singing to the people of the nursing homes around town

the kids were sooo sweet going around and talking with these people, telling them Merry Christmas &  how glad they were they got to come sing

 I had such joy watching their faces....

 Precious voices making December look even brighter for so many special souls

 Happy Hot Cocoa Face

 Just excited to get festive & go be with friends

 I just don't know what to do with her

Love these ladies! Life is always more fun when the impromptu get togethers happen
Happy December!
                     Emmie at her 4H Christmas party with their white elephant exchange gifts

Jensie at a playdate
there can never be too many sprinkles

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