a community christmas


Last weekend a local church had their first Community Christmas, a free event boasting all sorts of lovely things for the kids to go and experience. I felt so under prepared for this event. I think I was sort of expecting a bust, like the year my mom and I thought we had found a new live nativity? But man was I wrong. This event was intense. There were so many people there which was great! There was so much to do! So much to see! Prizes to be won and crafts to be made and movies to be watched and cookies to be eaten and and and and and!

We were joined by my mom, sister and family and sister-in-law and her mom and Mikayla as well. We registered, got our tickets, and took to prize choosing! Ashley actually won something which was pretty cool. They had something like 13 fully decorated trees around that were prizes as well. They had music and people dressed like carolers. They had a Saint Nicholas who tried to emphasize this was the season of giving not getting to which my children responded with nothing but dull eyed stares. Dom got pretty close to him only because he was attempting to climb onto the throne.. baby steps. The bigger kids worked on a craft or two while Dom colored with my mom... and then we decided that we would head outside to the wagon ride to see a few stations set up with Christmas through the ages type things, ending with a little live nativity. Complete with a calf born the day before!
It was quite chilly outside and I knew there was the arrival of Chinese happening soon back at my parents so we took off right after the ride ended. But hey! An event living up to it's promise! My kind of event!


a fitz family tradition - gingerbread houses!


Every year since I can remember we have been combining forces with our Fitzs to make ourselves some gingerbread houses. When I say combining forces what I really mean is that Steph does all the work, and we just show up, sometimes bringing a bottle of wine (we are just the worst friends, right?). She has everything purchased and prepped, graham crackers pre-glued to milk containers on plates and other plates full of assorted candies that make most children's blood sugar sky rocket by just seeing them. This year she also had little elf aprons for each of them, cute little light up gingerbread ornaments and new Christmas books! She's just so good, right?
The kids just really go crazy on these things, icing everywhere! One candy for the house one candy for the belly, that sort of thing. Dom actually did better than I expected which is an unusual surprise... He even posed so proudly with his house with the bigger kids. Sometimes (a lot of times) I underestimate that boy...
And I feel its important to point out that all four of the sprinkle containers Steph got for the event were empty at the end of it.  

Thank you so much to our Fitzs! 

Past gingerbread house nights, 2015. 2014. 2013.


my true love gave to me


Seven Christmas trees!!! 

There's always room for more though, am I right? I mentioned something on Instagram a while back about my seven trees and well why yes one should start early when one has that many to do... Well I was sort of leaving out the fact that all but one of those trees remain decorated all the live long year, covered in trash bags and safely tucked away in storage. If you have the room to do that let me say, I highly recommend it. Makes decorating so much easier, obviously.

And so here they are! My seven trees! Starting with the main event, the living room tree:
Followed immediately by the wine tree in the dining room:
The playroom tree:
The basement tree full of the kid's homemade ornaments:
Letteria's princess tree:
David's pirate tree:
Dominic's race car tree:
And lastly my antique ceramic tree which stays safe in our bedroom. See: breakable:


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