Made some treats for neighbors and friends. The bulk of the gift was homemade yogurt and granola, with a little something sweet tied on the front. I even added tiny recipes for each, tied on with ribbon. It was a lot of work with small fingers that love to interfere. Maybe single item gifts next year? Yes, I think so.
Speaking of small fingers. Jaime loved helping us "make" them (read: eat them as fast as possible). Girl's got a sweet tooth.
We had a Christmas Eve party at our house with the Packards and Waltons. Dinner was roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, rolls, and salad, with croquants and cream for dessert. We played a white elephant left-right game which is tradition in my family, read the beautiful story in the children's book You Are Special, and acted out the Nativity story with Vida as baby Jesus.
Christmas morning was so relaxed. This was the first time since we've been married we didn't have any guests, and we enjoyed having it be just us. Jaime cracked us up by insisting she wear a beautiful dress and have her hair done before opening presents. The rest of us were good with pajamas. The girls got some toys that they love, and the parents got some toys we love.
Christmas day we went sledding with the Fluckigers. We all had a lot of fun. Our little girls surprised us by braving jumps on their own. I couldn't believe how adventurous they were.
New Year's Eve we had a party with the Packards, Petersons, and Waltons at the Packard home. One of my contributions was these beautiful cinnamon rolls. Recipe HERE. We ate, played games, and laughed a lot. I learned that the only thing that would ever make me want a wii is the dancing games. Heaven knows I can't resist a good dance. I had so much fun.
The one thing that made this holiday season more enjoyable than anything else was having Justin home. His schedule gets really crazy with long hours at work and long hours as the Scoutmaster for our ward. Having him home so much was a breath of fresh air. Not only did we tackle some organizationally deficient spots in our home and other hefty projects, we goofed off, played with the kids, and spent too much time watching Psych on Netflix. The kids loved it. Who couldn't love this guy?