I've been going through my pictures from the last month...fun fun FUN!!! Lots of good ones...wish I could magically print all the ones I want and had time scrapbook them! But I'm enjoying them all the same! Here's a recap...
I slept only about four hours for a span of 3 days (during finals week) the first part of December...finishing up all my portfolio stuff for my art classes was a booger! But I managed to get everything complete and praise the Lord got all A's in my classes! Here's an IN PROGRESS pic of my final drawing project. I still can't believe I got an A in that class. I probably ended up with 10-12 hours in this drawing alone...
Jenny (my baby sister) graduated with her Bachelor Degree and we went down to UCA for her graduation! I'm so SO SO proud...I could barely hold tears in during the ceremony...I was bursting with pride! Plus, I kept thinking...in just three more years I could be holding my OWN degree with my sister by my side!
I made burlap banners for gifts for family this year-- I put mine here on the mantle. Finally got the house decorated the week prior to Christmas because we had both families here for the holiday! Yesterday...we took it all down. Sad and glad to see it go. I'll have to share a pic of my tree later...
As usual I gathered the troops for the annual Christmas card picture...though anymore...I can't seem to send a Christmas card...the picture is as far as I get and I usually distribute to family at our gatherings. Here's a couple of shots I liked...
I know...they are SO BIG!!!
Our Christmas Eve tradition started when I was pregnant with Cash and we've done it every year since...the kids really look forward to it. And I imagine one day, we'll all still get together on Christmas Eve with their families (hopefully :) and carry it on.
I'm usually doing a lot baking, we bake cookies for Santa and I'm prepping for family gatherings and stuff so cooking an actual meal is the farthest from my mind. The only restaurant in town open on Christmas Eve after 6:00 is the little Chinese place (we learned this on that Christmas Eve in 2007 when we were starving and I was prego and went out in search of some fast food!). So we get take out and make it easy! Plus...Chinese food right in the middle of the usual holiday fare is a nice change of pace.
Then, after we eat...the kids open one gift from us. And, of course, they know that it is NEW pj's. Every year. But it's still fun! The last few years they have enjoyed buying gifts for one another too...so we let them open the gifts for each other as well.
Santa does not bring a sleigh full of presents to our house--usually not more than three things...we've respectfully asked him to give modestly because we really don't need a lot. This year each kiddo got a new bike from Santa and just a few surprises from us! They all LOVE their new bikes!!!
We might have a new tradition...because it was SO fun!!! I planned a Princess for a day (I'll have to tell more about that later) birthday for Sara...and one of our surprises for her was ice skating. The kids LOVE to go skating and apparently...Scott does too!!! He caught on fast!
We ended the year with a surprise slumber party for Sara and invited a couple of her friends!
The girls partied and painted all night! I finally called it a night (morning) at 4:30!!!
So that pretty much sums up the last month. Whew! I still have a precious week before I start a new semester at school...so I'm going to savor the days! We have another birthday coming soon so I am going to enjoy planning another party for Cash!!! Number FOUR!