Five Cute Kids

Five Cute Kids

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

December Festivites

We began our festivities for the month by decorating our home. (And when I say "we", I mean Nathan.)

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This is where we could find Jessie for most of the month. She loved the new furry tree skirt.

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We drove to Wendell on the first Saturday of the month to celebrate Great-Grandma Smith's 93rd birthday. It is always wonderful to see Grandma, her home at Christmas and we are always happy to see all of the other family who comes.

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We picked out a fresh tree to put in the family room. We got the one directly behind those five cute kids!

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We went on a train ride to see Santa's village with our Grandpa, Uncle Karl, Aunt Aimee and cousins. Just in case you are wondering about Nathan's reindeer hat, he got it from a lady that he used to work with at Idaho Elks ten years ago. Every year he gets it out of it's box and proudly wears it to EVERY function that we attend during the month of December. He loves it. We endure the stares.

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The train ride was absolutely dreamy. I loved that the cousins were able to sit by each other and visit. They sipped hot cocoa and ate cookies. Santa also sat with the kids and asked them what they were hoping to get for Christmas.

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When Santa sat next to Levi I could see wonder and amazement in Levi's eyes. He couldn't believe that he was sitting next to Santa. He told Santa he was hoping to get Skylander Swap-Force guys for Christmas and that he has been a very good boy this year.

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Andrew told Santa that he was hoping to get camping equipment and a bow and arrow.

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Benjamin also said that he was hoping for a bow and arrow.

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Once we got to Santa's village, the kids were asked to hang carrots on trees for Santa's reindeer.

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Levi wouldn't share his carrot with the reindeer. He ate the whole thing while we waited to see Santa.

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Nathan has a thing with pinecones. When we go on walks we have to pick up every good pinecone we can find and then he decorates with them. He took several pictures of pinecones while he waited in line to see Santa.

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The kids got to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they hoped to get for Christmas.

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It was a bit chilly so we tried to stay warm by the fires.

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Thank you so much Grandma and Grandpa for an absolutely wonderful time!

We had several music concerts to attend. Spencer had a choir concert at the school and at the Capitol.

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Andrew had a band concert. He is pretty proud of himself as he is sitting in the first chair clarinet spot. Way to go Andrew!

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Levi had a music program at the Clubhouse with his preschool friends.

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Benjamin had a music program at school. My favorite song that he sang was I want to be an elf. So, so cute!!

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We got our Christmas cards sent out. This is the front…

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and this was the back.

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We got quite a bit of snow (for us, that is) right before Christmas

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Sarah and her friends had an "Ugly Sweater" party.

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Andrew got the Patience award at school. He is a pretty patient guy!

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Nathan did a beautiful job decorating the Barn. He had a work party during the day and then we had our ward party in the evening. As a ward, we went caroling and then had hot cocoa and treats.

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Nathan and Benjamin went to the Piano Guys Concert at the Taco Bell Arena. Benjamin has a definite passion for the Piano Guys. He listens to them ALL the time. It was such a fun surprise and evening out for these boys.

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We went to the Botanical Gardens for the Winter Garden aGlow with our neighbors, Mark and Sharon. I'm so sad we didn't get a picture with them. We all had such a fun time looking at all the beautiful lights, visiting with Santa, eating Kettle Korn (thank you, Sharon), watching the mechanical train and petting the reindeer.

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It was another wonderful, memorable month!

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