Soaking Up the Season

This truly is the best time of the year.  We have had such a festive month of enjoying eachother and soaking up the Christmas season.

 Max, Hailey and I got up at 4:30 to watch the Geminid meteor shower where we saw over a dozen shooting starts!
 Max bottled up his Holiday Ale!
 Hailey had her Winter Choir Concert.
 We had a Christmas sleepover.  Karlie's buddies stayed the night while Hank's friend did an "almost over" and stayed until bedtime.  We had pizza and watched Polar Express in our PJs and had popcorn and hot coco.  Hailey and Kaitlin buddied up for a sister snuggle.
Can't be Christmas time without the Gingerbread House.  I am a disaster at these and so wish my mom was here to do it with the kids.  They turn out much better when done with Grammy.  Hank and Hailey ended up just eating their parts!  Epic Fail except for Karlie's.
 With Max having some time off, we have had a chance to bike ride and play in the desert.

The kids love shooting BB guns in the wash and Karlie learned how fun RC cars in mud are!
 While we certainly miss the typical winter wonderland of Christmas, the warm desert does have its benefits.


  Tonight is the crescendo!  
The kids have been eagerly tracking Santa through the evening!
 Nothing says Christmas Eve quite like Prime Rib and Yorkshire pudding!
 Well, except maybe matching Christmas PJs!
We have been building up to the most magical night of the year.  The night that love moved into the neighborhood in the form of a precious baby.  The King of all Kings has come to give us hope, peace, and the love of our Father.  The savior is born!

1 comment:

Courtney said...

You have such a beautiful place and with so much open space to play! Merry Christmas, Smiths! XOXO