The girls loved helping decorate! The bottom of our tree was extra trimmed this year ;)
Emily writing her letter to Santa
On the way to Grant's work party
fun at our church Christmas party
we love having friends visit!
our elf made breakfast for Addie again!
We were able to go to our neighborhood center again this year to see Santa. It's my favorite because the Santa there is so sweet and tender, and we don't have to pay anything to make our kids cry!! Emily actually did really well this year. She was cautious, but willing to go through it. Addie was terrified :( Beforehand, Emily was nervous and I asked her how Santa would know what to get her if she didn't go and she said, "I'll just let Santa get me whatever he thinks would be good." Such a sweetie!
at least there was a fun bounce house afterward!
^we could only find one pair of gloves, so the girls shared and put a sock on their other hand
On Christmas Eve, my family came to our house for donuts, hot chocolate, and Christmas carols. This year we added a talent show as well. It was a lot of fun!
my parents did a hilarious rendition of feliz navidad!
Shianne sang a beautiful solo, with Stevie accompanying
Grant and I played a violin/piano duet
Addie was too excited to sit on the stairs with Emily
but she was also too tired to open her own gifts (at first)!
After church we went to Nana and Papa's house for Parker family Christmas
the men helped put together place settings before dinner
a gift for the uncles was this pony saddle. All of the littles love it!
Lastly, we had a fun New Year's Eve celebration, complete with fondue, bubbly, and fireworks! Emily was actually brave enough to watch them from outside this year! She had an internal struggle when it came time to do sparklers, though... she wanted to do them so badly, but she was so terrified! When she finally mustered up the courage to do it, she was laughing through tears!
Addie couldn't turn away from the fondue to take a picture ;)
Addie even got to hold her own sparkler
And here's our family on the first day of 2017. It was hard to accept that Emily is not a sunbeam anymore! These girls are just growing up so fast!! We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and is on their way to a fantastic 2017!!