Monday, December 10, 2012


 The day after Thanksgiving the ornaments that my Grandma sends each year arrived in the mail!  Yay!  Christmas is here!  Daci was so excited, she remembered this from last year and couldn't wait to open her ornaments!

The babies were pretty interested in Daci opening the package

"It's a princess!"

Then Daci helped the babies open their ornament

"Woah! Check it out!"

2012 Ornaments from GGO (Great Grandma Overstreet)
 The next day we pulled out the Christmas decorations and Daci had so much fun helping me decorate. We decided not to put a tree up this year since we will be in Utah for Christmas and because I ddin't want to worry about the babies touching it.

"Ta da!"

We hung just the kids ornaments from the garland

I decided I wanted to make stockings this year for the kids.  I made one for Daci her first Christmas but the colors didn't really go with everything else and I kind of wanted all of the kids' stockings to go together so I asked my awesome friend, Ashley, if she would teach me how to sew and quilt some stockings.  I am really happy with how they turned out and had so much fun doing it!  Thanks, Ashley!

I may have a new addiction, I absolutely LOVED shopping for the fabric I used!

After piecing Daci's stocking together

Sewing Liv's stocking

At 1:30am, after 7 hours of sewing, they were done! I also have enough for another stocking for when we have another little munchkin, but I couldn't find the energy to make it that night :)

The complete decorations

All the ornaments hung down the banister

And the stockings hung across the top.  Rick and I also have stockings up, our moms made them for us when we were kids! PS I know only half of my wall is painted right here...hopefully that will be fixed soon :)
 We got to go to our Ward Christmas Party on Saturday.  It was so much fun and they did such a great job!

Miss Liv

My main men

This is Daci's reaction when Santa walked in the room :)

She was really giggly and excited as he walked across the room :)

She was a little more timid this year than last but she sure wasn't shy about asking him for a Cinderella Blow Dryer and a Cinderella Curling Iron. Uhhhh...anyone know where I can get those? Haha!

Love this!  Totally shows their personalities. Daci the cheeseball, Livvi has major stranger anxiety right now, and Street is very pensive and curious about the whole thing :)

They h ad this cute back drop and fun accessories to take fun pictures with

Love my little family!
 The ornaments from my mom came Saturday and Daci was so excited to open it!

"Princess Ariel, Mom!!!"

She loves it!
 The next morning I had the babies open theirs.
Playing with their boxes

Daci got impatient and started helping :)

Liv was pretty good at unwrapping hers :)

Street got Winnie the Pooh

And Liv got Princess Jasmine.  Daci was pretty excited about Liv's also :)

 Some more fun things we have been doing this month:

Walking around Downtown Naperville and looking at the Nativity scene

I made a Buche de Noel

Daci made an advent calendar where we fill up the beard with cotton balls each day

I found my favorite childhood Christmas book at our local bookstore and was so excited to bring it home and read it to my kids!

We went on a Sunday drive to see the lights in Downtown Naperville

My mom made and sent me this adorable advent calendar with pull out paper drawers

Daci made a reindeer puppet and many other Christmas crafts


Karen Pedersen said...

Love this post. IT's so much fun to see the kids (and you and Rick) enjoying Christmas activities. I think you meant to start with the "day after Thanksgiving" though. :)

Pam Klassen said...

AWESOME tradition with the ornaments. The kids look so intrigued with it all. Have to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE the advent calendar Daci made with Santa, wish I had little ones still cause I would be all over that like a ....well you fill in the blank. LOL


Liz Smith said...

BEST christmas pictures ever! you guys are definitely making the most of the holidays. and that santa it! I also love the ornaments every year. that is such a fun tradition and then they will have a cool collection when they grow up. that advent calendar is so cute too! Merry Christmas!

Megan Marie said...

ok... the holidays look so much fun with kidos!!! i can't wait for this! such a beautiful family!


M. M. McCoy said...

I love the ornament tradition, what a sweet grandmother and mother you have! I also am super impressed with the cake! And I am always on the lookout for new Christmas books, maybe that will be our book for next year! Merry Christmas!

Ashley said...

I love all your pictures! Very fun traditions. I had so much sewing with you. You did great! We will have to make some more projects for the upcoming holidays.