Amelie and her hula girl flip flops. She wears Ollie's sandals around the house all day so I knew these would be a hit
Opening her sandals
Oliver very pleased with his present
At my parents house my Dad and Chelsea got all the kids dressed up in a manger scene. Ami was our sweet little angel.
Amelie-angel, Ollie-Joseph, Andin-Wiseman, Cam-Mary, Mara-Baby Jesus, Carson-Shepherd
Luke (or Ubi as Carson calls him) celebrating Christmas Eve and his birthday!
My little angel girl
Giving grandpa loves, what a special treat
Grandpa is pretty happy with all these grandbabies to love!
Andrea and Mara-just look at that smile! Love that baby girl
A few night before, we went to the Facers house for Christmas festivities. We attempted a nativity scene but Dane was not having it and so Ollie and Ami were Mary and Joseph. Could there be a sweeter mother Mary? I think not
Giving loves to her baby Jesus
Quite the pair
Cookie decorating and eating!
We went to the park that afternoon and Amelie hadn't gotten her afternoon nap. We noticed she was getting sleepy in the swing so Austin took his sweater and put it in front of her face and soon enough she was dead asleep. She slept for 45 minutes then we woke her up:)
I seriously can't get enough of this face. Sometimes I kiss these cheeks so much that Ami finally yells, OK Mama!
Nana and Amelie playing restaurant. Can't you tell Ami is already quite the business woman, driving a hard bargain?
We went to the Newport Beach temple to see some Christmas lights and then quickly realized there were none! But there was a beautiful nativity scene which is what it's all about anyways. A few lights would have been nice but oh well:) My parents and sisters and Andrea's family came and we all grabbed cocoa before we went. It was soooo freezing and windy but still lots of fun
This year Christmas was very low key which is the way I prefer it. I made a point to tell Oliver and Ami early on that we were not getting lots of presents this year and that we were going to think about Jesus and about serving others and be with our family. One of my favorite things we did this year was making homeless bags at my mom's house that we handed out the week before Christmas. It was so emotional connecting to those in need and hearing so much gratitude for something so small. It will be a tradition we keep for sure. I love this time of year to realize what blessings we are given by our Heavenly Father. I love how happy everyone is and I love the food and music and smells. Our kids are getting old enough to really get excited now about holidays and start making fun traditions of our own. How blessed we are to have the restored gospel on the earth. Let's take advantage of it!