We had a very busy Christmas season. It felt like there were events and activities almost all through the month that kept us very busy.
We did have time to make Christmas cookies and even had friends over to help decorate and eat them up. We used the recipes from Cranial Hiccups for the two kinds of cut out cookies.
We made to Temple Hill in Oakland three different nights for different events.We saw the Nutcraker ballet, Zion's Choir (which is directed by friends of our from when we lived in the city) Fun to see and catch up with them!
We also were able to watch Behold the Gift which was a retelling of the life of the savior through dance. And that was followed by the Christmas concert of the Backward Piano man Jason Lyle Black.
I don't have any pictures of the kids piano recital. I took movies of their performances but didn't snap any pictures. Sophie performed the "Happy Working Song" from the movie Enchanted as well as a duet of O, Christmas Tree. Molly played "Jingle Bells". Ian played "Scarborough Fair" (He is my shy boy and only wanted to play one song) and Henry performed "Moonlight Sonata" and "Linus and Lucy" and "Christmas Time" from Charlie Brown. It love seeing my kids progress with their music.
Christmas Eve was very rainy and we had nothing planned for the day so we started a Harry Potter Movie Marathon.
We actually had Harry Potter going most of the day and still only made it through 5 of the movies.
Of course being in California anything wet coming down from the sky is something to celebrate!
I really tried to get the kids to stay in bed on Christmas morning. I had set the rule that we couldn't get up until the sun did. But at about 5:45 Henry could be heard dancing around. He claimed the cat woke him up. Their bedroom doors had been closed and she was scratching on their door trying to get in. We tried to send him back to bed but by that point everyone was up and all excited to get going on the stockings and presents.
So the kids dug into their loot.
Stockings had socks, beanies, yo-yos, sketch and joke books and a few other more personalized things for each kid.
Henry was given some Minecraft stuffed animals. His favorite was the Ender Man but there was also a pig, a mooshroom and a creeper.
We have spent the last few days relaxing and enjoying all the new games and things that made it's way to our house. We even finished the Harry Potter Marathon and watched the last three movies (just not all at once).
I am actually looking forward to getting back into a more normal schedule. Next week we jump back into classes and school work.