This year I was put in charge of decorating for the ward Christmas party....and let's just suffice it to say, that I blew what little budget we had out of the water. What can I say? I go a little overboard at times. You live. You learn. Except that I tend to do the living part a little better than the learning part, as history frequently repeats itself in my case. Nonetheless, I was pleased with how it turned out.
|Mary Kay and Bruce Braun always come to the rescue when I'm in need.|
They are quite honestly the truest, kindest, and most selfless friends anyone could ask for.
I just love them.
|I pretty much went crazy with the twinkle lights. I'd say that almost anything in life is made better with them.|
|I projected images of the nativity scene and other Christmas scenes onto black tar paper, |
traced them, and had the young women help me cut them out to put up on the wall panels.
|It just wouldn't be Christmas without sugar cookies and fun Christmas treats!|
|I loved these brownie Santa hats. They were so good and so easy to make! I just bought store bought brownie bites from Target and topped them with homemade cream cheese frosting, a strawberry, and another dollop of frosting.|
We finally arrived in Twin Falls on Christmas day in the afternoon and we couldn't wait to see our families!
|Ella and Cambria were getting so big!|
|Porter, Caleb, Jayden|
|Opening gifts with Jacob's family|
|The Reed's backyard. So pretty with the snow and line of trees!|
|We went to Woodriver/Sun Valley to go to the YMCA and swim and rock climb|
We also went to Pomerelle Ski Resort one afternoon to go skiing with Jacob's family. I volunteered to watch Ella, since I wasn't that interested in skiing. That way, Jolene and Kurtis could take pictures and spend time with her kids.
|Hannah and her ski instructor|
|Scott, Jayden, Nyla|
|I went down one run to appease Jacob|
Later we had dinner and played games at the Mickelsens. It was so much fun just spending time together as a family and playing ping-pong, board games, and pool.
|My mom and Kila|
|Mom and Dad|
|Jacob and Ryan|
|Games, food, and bloody mary mix at the Nesmiths|
|Dinner at Elevation|
|Jacob, Bunt, Michael|
|Niki and Connor|
|Look at that face!|
|And to top it all off, when we got home we discovered that Bella had had a visit from Santa too. Justin and his girlfriend had bought her her own stocking and toys. Best. Cat sitter. EVER!|