Happy New Year! Can't believe it is already 2010! To celebrate the new year, we went to our neighbor's church for a family game night. We spent most of the time chasing the twins in the hallways, but I was glad everyone stayed awake for the big countdown. I made some silly hats to wear for the celebration, and then forgot to get them out. We sorta lost track of time until people started counting down. We shot off some left over fireworks from the 4th of July too. This new year we hope to eat better, loose weight, stick to our budget and spend more quality time as a family.
We had a wonderful Christmas in Emmett. Complete with giant candy canes, dinosaurs, lizards, coloring books, crayons, flash cards, games, movies, Diego dolls, Yo Gabba Gabba guitars, firetrucks, ninja swords and cars. Thank you Grandmas and Kelly, Jason, Jorden, Haily and Trena for fun toys and great family times.
Since we were traveling for the actual holiday, we had an early Christmas at our house. The kids got lots of cars, trucks, puzzles, games and superheros. It was nice to have everything done and over with before we had to pack.
We had a great time making Gingerbread houses this year. Shane and I each built a house the night before, so they would be nice and sturdy by the time the kids were adding the candies. Shane went with a square apartment and I went with the traditional house layout. I was a little disappointed in my candy choices... I forgot Neccos for the roof tops and the gum drops. The kids didn't seem to mind, they loved eating all the left overs!
Shane always wants to cut down our own tree, but this year I decided it was too cold and that we would just get one from a tree lot. I was sure glad we went to a lot because just getting out of the car, pointing at a tree and waiting in the car for Shane to tie it to the top was long enough for all the kids to have chattering teeth. It was frigid that day! Maybe we'll make the trip next year.
This year we did a lot more baking than in years past. I think it is because I was home all day and it keeps us busy. We made sugar cookies, toffee and fudge and gave them away to friends and neighbors. Shane and I got on a fudge kick and tried adding all different chocolate flavors, but I think his peanut butter fudge was the best of the year.