After finishing off some more leftovers it was time for Noah to go. When we got home from the airport we got to business decorating the tree.
With the tree and house decorated it was time to get down to the important business of writing their lists.
Frozen dolls, fish, new buddy, books...
Spiderman, Hulk, dinosaurs, monster truck....
A week into December we got our first real snow. We bundled up and got right to work shoveling and playing.
My little helper
She could spend hours out here
Work was keeping Sam extra busy leading up to Christmas so we tried to get in some fun activities when he was available. One evening we headed to the live nativity in our town and another morning we headed to Krispy Kreme for a treat.
Watching the donuts
Each year I make a calendar of the kids for the grandparents. Had yet to get a picture for December so I forced the kids to have a little photo session (both my cameras flashes went out so we did the best we could).
The way I like it
Just one more
Another "tradition" we started living hear is going to our town's "Country Christmas". The kids enjoyed doing some crafts, drinking hot chocolate, talking with Santa, and meeting a reindeer.
Making an ornament
Asking Santa for something not on her list
He would like a firetruck
Hudson, Annabelle, and Prancer
Annabelle was very busy this month getting things ready for her teacher and friends at school. She made a cute notepad for her teacher Ms. G, and candy cane reindeer for her classmates.
I again was lucky enough to attend her holiday class party which had games, snacks, and a craft.
The weekend before Christmas the kids got an early gift; a puppy. We had been looking for a few months, and found one with the timing working out for it to be a Christmas present. Lucky for me Grandma and Grandpa were going to be visiting with their dog giving me an excuse to get all the gear for our puppy without the kids suspecting a thing.
Annabelle playing with her "puppy"...no idea I'm heading out to get her a real one
Annabelle and Lucy
Lucy enjoyed the snow as much as Annabelle
Winning Sam over (didn't take much)
After getting their puppy we left her home with Sam (to rest after all the excitement) and went to a fundraising event where we got to do some crafts, decorate cookies, and talk with Santa (again).
I had one more surprise for Annabelle that weekend, tickets to the Nutcracker. With her new dress on we headed downtown to see our first ballet.
All dressed up
Ticket in hand and ready to go
Hudson, Daddy and Lucy had some of their own quality time while Annabelle and I were at the ballet. Hudson and the puppy were finally getting along...they both just had to be asleep.
So much cuteness
Before we knew it was Christmas Eve and we were waiting for the arrival of Grandma and Grandpa as well as Santa.
Watching Santa's progress online
Santa was here
Ready to rip into the presents
Went straight for the biggest ones...ceiling fans for their rooms
Enjoying the show
Switch-n-Go Dino...a new favorite
Installing the kids' gifts
Grandpa and Huddy time
Picture with their favorite gift...Lucy
The following day Sam's brother and kids arrived and we did the present thing all over again. We had a great few days with them mostly just hanging out and letting the kids play. We also took a trip up to Bogus to go tubing (our kiddos first time).
Sam cooking breakfast for the crowd
Getting some fresh air
Relaxing with Despicable Me 2
Kids and phones
The boys spent a lot of their time building legos and keeping Lucy away from said legos
Done tubing...had a blast
Charlotte's birthday was a couple of weeks away so Annabelle spent some time planning a little party for her.
After a few days family had to return home and Sam took off to Seattle for a Seahawks game. The kids and I enjoyed a quiet day as the kids made plans on how to spend some Christmas money. When Sam returned home we headed out to do just that.
More Switch n Go Dinos
Annabelle used her gift card to get another
Build a Bear....
....or Twilight Sparkle
We said goodbye to 2013 in our usual fashion with food, movies, dancing and a countdown.
Nothing keeps you awake like dancing
Or just running around
Watching the Potato Drop in Boise and the Ball in New York
Lucy ringing in 2014
Just two more...
Mr. Hudson Head
Our little Ballerina