|Homemade trivets and wrapping paper by Jonas!|
|Lorelei's Ornament for her teacher. That's a penguin!|
|Jonas' complete package!|
|Peppermint Sugar scrub from Pinterest for my fellow teachers!|
|My little elves working...notice the Coca Cola cup? That's Savannah candy bar bouquet for her teacher Mr. Smith.|
|The boys on Christmas day!|
Christmas Eve brought about many of our usual family traditions...Christmas Eve Children's mass at St. Francis, a huge spread of yummy foods at Nana's and Papa's, and a little visit from Santa!
|Savannah and I getting ready for church.|
|My 3 littles at church in front of the nativity.|
|Check out that spread!! And my sister and Brieley sneaking a bite!|
|Me and my girl!|
|Well hello there Santa!|
|John and his girl!|
|Jonas' amazing drawing from church!|
After Nana's and Papa's, we headed home to take on the last minute job of prepping for Santa. The little ones headed straight off to bed (and John too!), so sweet Savannah helped wrap most of the presents and I was finished and ready for Santa by midnight!
|The finished product ready for Santa's part!|
|My early risers, organizing gifts!|
|Ready to start opening!|
|Hanging back, but still enjoying it all!|
|With their Sophie and Lili dolls!|
The Thursday after Christmas the girls redeemed their present from Santa...their first gymnastics class. They both did great and loved it. Lorelei cried at first, but then she joined in and had a fun time and made a few friends. Savannah did so well they are talking about moving her to a more advanced group already!
And Friday brought mine and John's 16th wedding anniversary. We didn't really celebrate unless you call frito pie and brownies for dessert celebrating. Then we watched a Woody Allen movie, Midnight in Paris.
I've been feeling a bit sad that another year has so rapidly come to an end. Last night I took the kids on a car ride to look at the last bit of lights. We each picked some of our favorite moments and biggest accomplishments of the year. It was so nice to reflect with them.
Tonight we have our friend Holly over and her 3 kids, Chloe, Evie and Wyatt, who all get along wonderfully with my kiddos! We made another nice dinner and are going to talk and watch movies and bring in the new year, family style!
To all my friends and readers...Happy New Year! Here's to one fabulous 2013!