The Holidays are upon us - yay! This is our family's favorite time of the year! Jace and I always break down and start listening to Christmas music right after Halloween (ok, sometimes before!) and try sooooo hard to wait to decorate until after Thanksgiving... which we also couldn't wait for either. This year, we have a lot of changes. For starters, we have so many presents under the tree! I think we went a little spending crazy on a certain little one who doesn't really know what Christmas even is yet, lol. Another change is that we will be having Christmas all on our very own this year. Jason unfortunately has to work Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the 2 days after. I'm excited for all the cooking I get to do, but I'm sad I won't be with my parents and brother on Christmas morning - the first time ever! I mean, not that I expected to always be with them, but I just expected we'd have more kids and be more established before we were setting family Christmas traditions. I guess I wouldn't be as sad if Jason would at least be home for David's first Christmas morning. He's got a great job and when you're in the medical field, you know that you're bound to work on these holidays... I'm just not used to the idea yet.
Well, our apartment is decked out in our Christmas best, presents are wrapped and under the tree, our lights are hung outside but there's something I really want to do for Christmas... keep Christ the center of our celebrating. Any ideas??? I can't think of how best to do it besides reading scriptures (we're actually reading about Christ's ministry in America right now in 3 Nephi - good timing, right?). I mean, our picture of the Savior we have hanging in our living room was covered up by the tree... I think we're off to a poor start, lol! Growing up, I knew the reason for Christmas, but I want my kids to focus on it more than I did when I was young. Yeah, David's only 9 months old, but might as well get started :)
The week ahead looks like cleaning and preparing for our party on Friday. We MIGHT get home early next week for a day or 2. I really need to reorganize everything... we just bought a washer and dryer and new TV so everything is kind of all over the place. Oh! We also got our Christmas pictures taken right before Thanksgiving! We went to the Picture People as usual and we wore our Christmas PJ's - it was too cute! Here's my fav: