Thursday, December 25, 2014

Boxed Cereal!

Will wonders never cease?  Off-the-shelf-cereal, lovingly arranged under the tree?  Yep, they were stoked!

Santa Came!

The kids were particularly enthralled with the new hats their stuffed animals were sporting - Santa likes the Dollar Store!

Gingerbread Houses

The kids love our Christmas Eve tradition. I'm grateful Luke is willing to help them finesse that sticky frosting!

Anne has a bug-eyed marzipan snowman. 

Dean was proud of his peppermint see-saw.

And my prednisone-cheeked cutie was proud of the snake corral in the back (gummy worms.)

A Real Christmas Tree

A proper, if slightly short for our higher ceilings, Christmas tree!  A friend let us on the secret of Baum's Christmas Tree Lot (yes girls, that is really the family's last name).  They have lovely trees, plus a few little babies.  See the white-flocked one in the corner?  At $8, I couldn't resist, and the kids loved decorating it.

Luke bought balloons for the family after Laurel got out of the hospital, and the kids have enjoyed parking them over the lights to give the room a green/blue/red cast. Opa, those are brand-new LED bulbs, so they don't get very hot.

On a new house note, I'm really looking forward to saving for a nice living room rug. The current rug is one I bought at Wal-mart to go on the back patio for staging when we sold the Payson home, and it's trendier than I like.