Christmas was so much fun. It was our first Christmas as a family of three and we felt like we savored every minute of it with drives to look at lights, hot chocolate, cookies, family movie time, lots of Christmas music, plenty of cuddle time, Christmas books, the Christmas story, etc., etc., etc. We made the Holiday (family name, not "holiday") traditional sugar cookies. Nate's mom used to make hundreds of these cookies for Christmas when they were kids to give to family, friends and teachers. We made about 30 and after frosting and decorating I was exhausted and the kitchen was a HUGE mess.
At least the cookies turned out better than last year. I finally figured out how to do the border first and then fill in the lines. I always wondered how people decorated cookies so gorgeously, until I finally asked my cousin Raechal (the cookie/cake decorating queen) for all her tips. Thanks Raechal! My cookies are still not anything close to hers, but at least they aren't a disaster this year :)
Christmas Eve we drove up to Newport Beach to the Roger's Gardens to look at all of the Christmas trees, ornaments, and decorations. It was beautiful! We walked around for a long time, and then stopped at the temple on our way back home. It was a gorgeous Christmas Eve day.
Noah has a habit of peering over at drivers next to us and flirting. Sometimes I look over and see people in the car next to me waving and smiling at Noah, and when I look back to see what he's doing he's leaning all the way forward in his seat peering at them. It's pretty cute. At least he's found something to entertain himself back there.
They had a train at Roger's Gardens. Noah loved it.
Quick stop at the temple
When we got home we took naps, then headed off to early dinner with family. We went to King's Fish House and had the best seafood. Thanks Dad! Abby and Alma weren't so sure about the lobster tank and the creepy lobsters inside, but I think they felt better when the server brought over a LIVE lobster for them to pet (by better I mean I think they might have had nightmares that night). I wish I had a picture, but I was too busy eating my lobster.
We opened our traditional Christmas Eve pjs, drank hot chocolate, ate oatmeal cookies, and watched One Magic Christmas. Perfect night.
The Christmas tree right before bed. We left out some cookies for Santa in hopes he might be more enticed to come to our house. I think it worked because...
Just in case you didn't notice his face in the previous picture...
LOOK AT THAT FACE
After presents, we had everyone over for a big Christmas breakfast. I made a little Christmas tree out of fruit, a breakfast casserole and fruit turnovers (apple/cherry and rasberry). We ate ourselves sick, got showered then headed to church. We loved going to church on Christmas. It was so nice to hear the beautiful Christmas hymns, and remember what the day is really about. For dinner we had some cornish hens, sauteed green beans and mushrooms, mashed potatoes and a delicious strawberry lemonade that I found on Pinterest. We had a fantastic Christmas spent with people we love, and already can't wait for next year. After Christmas we headed to Tucson to spend the New Year with the Holiday family, but that's a whole other post. This one has been long enough.
I think Abby is full
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!