Sunday, December 19, 2010

Levenworth and Tree Lighting!

Each year we like to go to Leavenworth for the Tree Lighting and to do some sledding! Last year we weren't able to go since we were awaiting Emerson to be born! So this year was fun taking Emerson!

Our friends Maggie and Casey invited us to come stay at her parents house in Cashmere! It is such a cute little house filled with love! Emerson had so much fun going up and down their stairs, and he had so much fun with his friend Axel!

After a day of relaxing, and enjoying ALL the snow!! We went into Leavenworth, and it there was so much snow and people we just missed the tree lighting! So instead, we tried to eat at my favorite restraunt Andrea's Keller, but the wait was way too long with 3 little kids in tow. So we packed up and met at the grocery store to get some snacks! The only problem, there was so much snow we almost got stuck ( James won't ever admit to ever almost getting stuck) But when 2 guys have to push you out...I would think so!

He sure liked being inside away from the snow in the grocery store!

So instead of the german food...we went and got mexican!

Emerson liked trying the limes!

We got back, Emerson wanted to be in the snow...but it was time for bed!

The next day, we did some antiquing while the boys watched some games.
Then we went and picked up the boys and kids and went to Sonic!

After we got back from Sonic, we said our goodbyes and headed into Leavenworth to do some sledding and went to the tree lighting!

Emerson sure liked to sled!

He really loved the tree lighting!!

And now for the pics we always take :

Monday, December 6, 2010

Singles Ward Christmas get together!

What a fun night we had! Lots of yummy treats! Great conversation! And of course a white elephant gift exchange! We need to get together more often!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Country Village Tree Lighting

I love going to Country Village! And at Christmas time it is so fun! Everything is lit up, and of course Santa flys in on his sleigh! Here are just a few pictures from the night!

Sam and I!

Kilee and me!

James and Emerson having fun like always!

Our fun little train ride!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


I absolutely love Traditions!!!

Decorating the Tree! With Candles and All!
I love to decorate the house the day after Thanksgiving! And I can never wait to get a tree! Growing up we always had candles and a pickle on our tree, and that is one tradition I still keep! ( We just don't light the candles now)

Here is one tradition my aunt Betty started and shared with my family!
Christopher Pop-in-kins
The story behind them are that right after Thanksgiving Santa sends them to your home and they watch to make sure your kids are being good. Then at night they go back to the North Pole and report back to Santa and tell them how the kids are doing. The next day your elf returns and he is also in a different hiding spot (you hide them some place else each day and your kids look for him). But, the kids can't touch him or he might lose his magic powers.

Then one we always did growing up, is the Advent Wreath and Advent Calender!
The Advent Wreath Adventskranz is set up on the first Advent Sunday (the fourth before Christmas) to start off the Advent season. You gather around the wreath on each Advent Sunday to light the next candle and sing Christmas carols and read stories.I love this tradition because it draws you closer together as a family. We also got Emerson a book called Jingle with a dog that barks to read each Sunday, so he has something fun too!

Then St.Nicholas Day (Sankt Nikolaus) is the night of the 5th
The kids put out their boot on the night of the 5th, and on the morning of the 6th they get their boot filled by St.Nick! This was always a favorite of my brothers and I!