Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Celebrating Christmas Eve 20-12 with the Fergy's

We started off celebrating the holiday eve with some fitting holi-cakes, every since Halloween when we made ghost pancakes our kids have been really into seasonally shaped pancakes so for Christmas we made reindeer. We use to make Rudolph-cakes but the kiddos got into the cranberries and ate them all so we just have to resort to making normal reindeer (normally they had 2 antlers but Sophie ate one before we got a pic).
After breakfast we suited up for the traditional Christmas eve Elf viewing at Gardner Village. We have gone of Christmas eve for 3 years now and I love it because we have the whole place to ourselves, unfortunately this year however we got a bit wet on our elf-venture. More than seeing the elves the kids were most thrilled with watching the ducks, especially the one with the craziest hair-do I have ever seen!
After finally prying-dragging the kids away from the ducks we went through the rest of the elf displays. We even stopped to see Santa's naughty and nice list where we still noted Josh and Sophie on the nice list and Camille on the naughty. We didn't see Phoebe's name, but she swears she saw it on the nice list.
After making it through the elves we went home to enjoy all the snow that started falling right after we left  and realax! We got to cuddle, watch movies, and since I made our dinner in the morning (our traditional lasagna, bread, salad & Italian Sodas) and bought pre-made bread rolls and gingerbread dough I didn't have to spend the whole day cooking, which was AWESOME! Note to self: I need to remember how nice this year was for future years and not try and overdo it with making it all from scratch or leaving it all to the last minute to put together.
After dinner all the kids were REALLY excited to finally decorate the cookies that they help me cut out earlier that day. I was really surprised on the much improved decorating skills we saw this year, only Josh did the blob decor this year.
When we cleaned up our messed and hosed down a couple of our children they got to open their Christmas eve pajama pails to see what cute things the pj elves brought them this year.
 We then did our reading of he nativity while we acted it out with our little people sets, this is one of Phoebe's very favorite things to do all season.
We then had all of the kids pick out one cookie to leave Santa on his plate and then quickly ran out to throw the reindeer some carrots out on the very snowy front lawn. 
Afterwards we quickly ran up to get in bed, gave our traditional do not go downstairs before you come in mom and dad's room talk, gave kisses to all and let 4 very excited kiddos dream about all the exciting things they might get on Christmas. We took the rest of the evening to put put all the Christmas presents, watch It's a Wonderful Life on TV, & pre-make Christmas breakfast cinnamon rolls and dinner time crescent rolls.

Phoebe's Preschool Christmas Program '12

Right before Christmas break Phoebe's Preschool put on their Christmas program where they say lots of cute songs and did a gift exchange.
This year for Phoebe's gift she gave a jumbo sticker book and she was given a motorized toothbrush which she has been absolutely ecstatic about, unfortunately, the batteries in it only lasted about 1 wk and I have been too lazy to replace them.
This year for Christmas Phoebe gave Mrs. Thompson the jumbo size of "Handitizer" (as Phoebe calls it) with her name on it, because what teacher couldn't use that??!!
Grandma Fergy was able to come to Phoebe's program which is always special for her!
I love the cute little programs Phoebe's school puts on but my favorite part was Phoebe's hat, because it was in her words "Hew-gantic" on her.

Santa Take 2

Our ward Christmas party which fell in the middle of December this year gave all our kiddo plus their cousin Afton, who we were watching, a second chance to ask the big guy what they wanted for Christmas. Before the party unfortunately, we had to sit in the dark for an hour at our house with no power, so when it was time to go we were really looking forward to it and luckily it didn't disappoint. We had a yummy dinner catered by Golden Corral, one of my Dad's favorite Utah eating spots. 
When then had a cute program followed by a Santa magic show. All he kiddos enjoyed the how and even I was stumped by a few of his Christmas magic tricks. Afton and Josh were bet buds the who evening and I loved how they were sitting so cutely together.
I know Sophie looks mad in her pic but he wasn't just restless to get down.

I thought all the videos were pretty cute and I have no idea why Cami asked for "pink" when all year she had been asking for Tinkerbell, good thing Santa had an insider who knew better.