Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's The Most Wonderful Time

I love the holidays. I love the cold and getting my warm clothes out and fires in the fireplace. I love tradition of cutting down Christmas trees and playing in the snow. I love shopping on Black Friday and getting my Christmas decorations out and putting the lights up. It's such a fun time of year. We try to always get a permit to cut down our Christmas tree and this year we went all the way to Show Low to get our perfect little tree with Jason's family. We had a great time playing in the snow. Brody is very infactuated with Christmas lights and has to plug them in first thing in the morning. He is such a great helper. I just love it.

Brody didn't want to hang the ornaments on because the tree was just too "pokey."

We had our ward Christmas party this last weekend and of course Santa showed up. For the last few months, Brody has insisted on getting a tractor for Christmas. It was kind of my fault because each time we would go to Wal-Mart we would go through the toy aisle and I started using the excuse when he would ask for a toy "maybe at Christmas Time" Well, Christmas time arrived and my son with the steel trap mind put two and two together and asked for a tractor for Christmas. Not just a small tractor, those huge ones that you drive around. Luckily or unluckily, Rick somehow coerced him to ask for an airplane instead. I'm not really sure if Santa can fit an airplane in his sled, but somehow I think we'll have one disappointed little boy if he can't figure it out.

One of my other favorite parts of Christmas is making cookies. I don't usually bake cookies because I love to eat the dough and so I try to avoid it. This year I tried a couple of new recipes -- Candy Cane Cookies and Snicker Surprises, and then of course sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies and mint brownies. Brody loves to put his apron on and help. He also is just like me in that he has to sneak some dough every once in a while. We had a great time for Family Home Evening delivering all of our many (30) plates to people that we love!!

Testing them out!!
Santa was at the library today and Brody just had to make sure that an airplane was coming from the North Pole with his name on it.