Sunday, January 20, 2013

Getting Ready for Christmas!

This year we had TONS of fun getting ready for Christmas! Unfortunately, I had decided to try and "live in the moment" instead of thinking "blog" during every event, so... I didn't get very many pictures of Christmas at all! In fact, most of the pictures I have came off of other people's phones or Facebook pages! But that's OK, we really did enjoy every moment and I will do my best to tell you about it, even without a ton of pictures :)

The girls loved helping Kevin set up our tiny tree in the living room. It was just the right size for them to reach every part. Later in the month, my sister Becca dropped off another tree that she wasn't using anymore, so we set it up in the playroom for the girls. All the ornaments (that came with the tree) were plastic so we let the girls help again, but this time with a boost from dad!

The girls were good sports and let me tie them up with Christmas lights for our Christmas card picture. Brooklyn thought the whole ordeal was pretty awesome, but Lily was actually afraid that I might have cracked and that I possibly meant to keep her tied up for life :) Luckily, Brooklyn was able to convince her to play along!

Because we had lights from tying the girls up, we actually got to put lights on the outside of our house for the first time since we got married! It was nothing amazing, but still, it was pretty fun to be one of the festive houses on the street. We even had some fun with our scrap wood, an old ladder, mason jars, and some Popsicle sticks and made some little decorations to go next to our front porch!

I finally picked the picture I liked most of the girls and designed a Christmas card to send out. Then I spent 3 days at Costco trying to get them to print them right and eventually ended up sending the file to my sister and having her do it for me! (Thanks Becca!)

Me and the girls spent TONS of time making presents for our family and friends. Brooklyn and Lily mostly helped design wrapping paper while I sewed, nailed, painted, and crocheted as much as I could. I am sad that I didn't really take any pictures of the things I made, but my sister did post a picture of both her girls on Facebook wearing the chef hats I made them, and I was able to take a picture of the ladder I made for my nephew's pirate inspired bedroom!

Aaaaannnd... I just had to add this picture because I took it toward the end of the photo shoot and I think both girls were totally over being tied up. Their faces make me laugh every time I see it.

Oh yeah! And amidst all the preparation, Kevin and I bought two RATS and dropped them off at our friends house to be babysat while we waited for Christmas day! They were good sports and even gave the rats a home in their baby crib while they await the arrival of their first baby :) Hahaha, but don't worry, the rats never actually touched anything in the crib!


Beccarigg said...

Dude, so glad you were able to use the other tree! And glad you lived in the moment and didn't worry about pictures. It's all about the memories :) Your guys Christmas card rocked, mostly because the models are so adorable, and the camera you used was clearly amazing... :) Also THANK YOU SO MUCH for the awesome presents you made us! They are all getting lots of use, and every time I walk in Cam's room I just get the biggest smile on my face seeing that adorable ladder and thinking of my awesome sister who made it :)

p.s. Every time I see your rats I hear Cam's voice in my head yelling, "RAAAAAA!!"

Sarah said...

Haha I totally freaked out for a second and thought you were announcing that you were preparing to have a baby because of the crib. Those girls are sooo cute. I loved the xmas card that you sent out. Too funny. I can't wait to do some crafts when I come out. You are so talented.