This Christmas really felt like Colton's first. He was 4 months old last year and we were at Jared's parent's house, so we really didn't do a whole lot. Since then we decided that we wouldn't travel during Christmas anymore. Too expensive, too hectic, and too unpredictable with the crazy weather. Plus shipping presents somewhere just to pay to check them in a bag to fly home doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Even though Jared and Colton were both sick with bad colds this year, we were so excited to celebrate at our own home. Even though we didn't have any decor up in the new house, we made sure to make the house feel Christmas-y. We hung lights outside and put up the tree inside.
The week before Christmas we were able to have Jared's sister Vanessa's family over for a whole Sunday. They were in Utah visiting Mike's parent's for Christmas. Colton and Owen had a great time playing and we had a great time visiting.
The day before Christmas eve we hosted a big Christmas party for a bunch of our friends. Man we have missed entertaining! Unfortunately we didn't get any pictures, but we had delicious food, we did a white elephant exchange, all the kids ran around having a blast, and I made these Buttermilk Syrup jars as favors. We had such a good time!
Christmas eve Vanessa's in-laws invited us over for their family dinner and festivities. The food was delicious, and the company was so fun! Colton had an absolute blast.
That night we got poor sicky Colton to bed and we filled the stockings and I set up the presents after poor sicky Jared went to sleep.
Christmas morning we had delicious casserole and when Colton got up he went right over to check out his kitchen and chair. He also loved opening the rest of his presents! He is so loved!
We like keeping our Christmas small. It is wonderful to see Colton get excited (and the older he gets, the more fun it will be), but spending time as a family, eating good food, and thinking about our Savior are the best parts of Christmas!

Colton opening one of his 12 days of Christmas presents from Grandma, a Barney DVD! he was excited

"Ho Ho Hats" of all shapes and sizes"

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