Let's start with the annual traditions...
gingerbread-house-making at Gma K's
(my brother is missing, but we get the added bonus of extra special friends!):
Mia and Dad took their Me, our sweet Su, and our respective g.b. houses:
decorating very seriously:
non-Relief Society craft day with R girls:
Our results were reminiscent of Cinderella, because, with Su as the exception,
not one of the felt slippers we each made fit our chubby feet!
Trimming the tree:
Our Santa experiences get better by a few degrees each year.
No wailing like last time...just a little apprehension.
(This guy also had a genuine Santa beard. Surely that helps!).
Mia has entered the glamour phase.
She anxiously awaits Sunday dress-up time and I revel in her photo-shoot cooperation!
I finally made a stocking for Mia. Up to this point, overflowing stockings from grandmas have sufficed.
Here I am singing my heart out at our stake Christmas production/extravaganza. This program was intense!
And one of the more awkward moments of our lives...posing in a live nativity for the same production
(live, that is, except for the red-headed doll I was holding. We were, obviously, aiming for authenticity).
My sister, Arianna, is at13 years old one of the youngest members of our city's Youth Symphony. They are incredible so I thought it was a good idea to record some of their Carol of the Bells...until my Mom gestured to me that filming is not allowed. Therefore, the song abruptly ends just as it's getting good!