It's still Christmas in our house {blush}

I know, I'm embarrassed to admit this but based on a FB post I made, I'm not alone {whew!}.  Our tree is still up and will be coming down this week - hopefully.  Things have just been too crazy to 'de-Christmas' the house, plus I kind of like it.   I turn on the light when it's pitch black out in the mornings as the kids are eating their breakfast.  It's soothing and the kids like it too.  Although, Tyler did say this morning 'Don't you think we should take the tree down soon Mom?'.  He's right.  And if a child says that....I probably need to listen ;-)


So since it's still Christmas-y here I thought I'd do a teeny holiday post recap.

Below is our holiday card... only so much I can do with self-timer  for the family one lol.  The kids look a little gangsa with their non-smiles here.  But we got it done in 15 minutes then they got to run around and play.  Reward!

We did a lot of baking!!  I became addicted to these yummy cookies and have to work them off my thighs now ;-)  Recipe below too!

We made gingerbread houses.  I have more pics but to be honest the houses looked like candy threw up all over them so they weren't very picturesque  but they were made with loving little hands :) and I'll have the pictures forever to remember.

A gift we spent most of the month working on...for both sets of Grandparents.  It's a handmade book with interviews, summary of key events in 2011 as remembered by both kids, pictures, drawings, and other artwork.  Such a fun gift!!

August, our dog got tortured with the various holiday costume we had for him.  He's since forgiven us.

We did the Polar Express in Williams, AZ with friends!  It was also, crazy sweater themed (within our group of 44) so below you may spy some envy-worthy sweaters.  My husbands, on loan from his friend Po, lit up.  It was lovely!


Brielle's Letter to Santa - left for him on Christmas Eve.  The spelling was all her own so don't judge ;-)


Brielle always rearranging the ornaments I have on the tree.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are off to a great New Year!  :)