Our Christmas Eve

Instead of having a big gathering outside our home on Christmas Eve, we really enjoyed some quieter activities around our own house as we prepared for the BIG day. We started a few new traditions and that really built up the anticipation for Larkyn this year. By the time we went to bed, we had a clean house, happy kids, time for some eggnog, and were all excited for the BIG DAY.

 Our neighborhood backs up to a cemetery and woods. The kids love throwing rocks off this bridge into the water!

 Heard 567 times, "Hey mommy, what's this?!" I do love explaining nature to her, though.

 "Get back on the path, you silly man!"

 Always leading the way.

 This rock size was much better than the first few (which were basically bowling balls)

Some major splashing went on...

 Before nap, we tried our hand at Spritz cookies. I absolutely loved using the press, but need to use a sweeter recipe next time (I used the recipe inside the OXO box).

 They are definitely the cutest cookies I've ever made. I dipped the others halfway in chocolate to add a little more flavor. 

 We hung up our new ornaments (made at Goodmakery). We didn't want Nana to see them, so we had to wait until Christmas Eve!

 My favorite ornament ever. And maybe my favorite possession. They took an emailed sample of my dad's story he was writing and his signature from a birthday card and engraved it. Love.

 Dinner!  We all love breakfast for dinner, so it was not hard to take what we already make and arrange it a new way. Although we were all hungry for 4th meal later on.

 I wanted ONE picture in front of the tree and caught a lot of heat for trying something so absurd. Finally, I added snacks, drinks, turned the TV on and got one.

 It's dark out! Time to sprinkle the reindeer food! (Oats and sugar crystal sprinkles)

 Santa Tracker on TV...obsessed. 

We hung up the Santa Key that my mom lovingly made for the kids. 

And Santa came as soon as the kids were in bed. Finally, bed time for Mama and Daddy...

Oh, just kidding. Because we bought a train table and a playhouse that we couldn't assemble until they went to bed. And these 3000 pieces did not come with instructions. It was a LATE NIGHT, friends. 

I'll post Christmas pictures later. It was a good one. 

1 comment:

Signe said...

Oh spritz cookies. You are adding a Swedish tradition to your Christmas Eve 😊

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