Monday, March 13, 2017

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Well, it's January, and the Holidays are now over. It always goes by so fast! It seems like it was Summer just yesterday! This was Sara's first Christmas, and I was so excited to make it a fun one, even though she won't remember it when she's older.

We normally decorate our entire house from top to bottom with lights, but this year has been unusually cold and rainy, so I just put up a few lights in the yard and my twinkling snowflakes along the porch. I also decided to go with real garland this year, which looked awesome, but, I'll admit was a pain to put up. I do think I'll get it again, though. We also decorated the inside of our house with our usual garland along the stairs, two trees, and lights and decor on the mantle of our fire place. Our place looked really festive!

This year, we decided to spend Christmas day in Boise, which I mentioned in a previous post, and it was so much fun! Sara got to experience her first white Christmas, and enjoyed playing in the snow for a few minutes too! She got to meet her extended family on her dad's side of the family, and for me, it was my first time meeting many of them too! We had a wonderful meal, and watched football and some holiday specials. Sara made out like a bandit with such cute gifts. A Scentsy pig, which she adores, and a Fisher Price Bright Beats dance mat, which she is also quite fond of. She also received cute clothes, some books, a chair with dangling toys that she can sit it and play with from her dad, and her very own musical toy cell phone from me, since she loves my real phone so much!

We came back mid week, and my parents came over New Years Eve, and we had Christmas 2! Again, she made out like a little bandit with another Bright Beats Robot to go along with her dance mat. She also got a bunch of cool toys from her cousins, and more cute clothes! From her Grandmother, she received her very first American Girl Doll, Lea, which was the doll of the year for 2016. My mom's name is Lea, so she wanted Sara to have it as a nice keepsake to remember her by for all time.

Mark and I also did alright for gifts! He received movies, a Star Wars game, and clothes, and I received Sentsy warmers, clothes, and the highlight of Christmas, a Burberry trench coat, which I have been wanting for a few years now! What a wonderful gift from my husband!

We rang in the new year quietly at home, watching New Years at the Needle on TV, and then went to bed. It was a great holiday season, and I'm so looking forward to next year! Now it's time to take down all of the decorations, which is always a bit sad for me, but I'm looking forward to the rest of this winter, and maybe a ski day, Valentines, and a trip up to Leavenworth too!

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