I'm not sure how I manage it, but every year it seems that December 23rd is the day that we wrap up several of our ongoing Advent activities....it can be a little intense.
We made good on our promise to go for Chinese food. We discovered that not a single one of us likes Egg Drop Soup. Good thing we only ordered 7 bowls of it.
But everybody seems excited about the fried wontons...Chinese food's answer to the french fry.
We piled in the van for our "Minivan Express". Strangely enough, this isn't as surprising to the kids as it once was. I think from the trajectory of Everly's gaze, we can safely assume that we had a movie going.
It's not for them.
It's for us.
The Littles were put down to bed for Shepherd's Night and the big kids were off to their adventures with Dad. Sometimes I really love being the one "left behind" to read or hang out in my jammies.
The bigguns headed of to the Ward Ice Skating party that always starts at 9 pm.
Wah? 9 PM???
Despite Mathew's sore bickies, I'm pretty sure they had a great time.
As far as trios go, this one was perhaps on the untraditional side.
We through this one together for the Ward Christmas breakfast and even though we were unsuccessful in convincing Ethan to join us with his trumpet and we forgot to bring Mathew's music at the last minute, we pulled it all of and it's one of my favorite memories.
Every year in early November we start rehearsals for the Stake Nativity display. Adult choir, youth choir, children's choir and full orchestra rehearse for weeks to put together 3 nights of Christmas music in one weekend.
I look forward to it every year.
I'm not sure everyone in the family feels the same.