2. Christmas!!!!! How Could I do a My Favorites Friday post and it not include Christmas. Since we're still in transition between Aaron's jobs, money has been a little tight. We decided a while ago that we weren't going to go crazy and buy the girls tons and tons of gifts that #1 we didn't have money for and #2 they didn't need. We also went back and forth about doing Santa, and we decided we'd do 1 gift to both of them from Santa. We addressed this all season and reinforced the fact that Christmas is about Baby Jesus, Santa is just a bonus. Anyways, the girls had so much fun opening a gift each from us and then the one for both of them from Santa. In that last week, we've had so much fun playing with them!
3. On Christmas Eve we were able to head to the Children's Museum here with some friends. This picture is of Emmy digging for dinosaur bones. We'd never been and it was open for 4 hours for free so we decided to head over there. I've heard the free admission days are a little crazy, but honestly, I didn't feel it was that bad. It was busy, but not insane. Well, my kids were.... Yes, we were those parents who had kids laying on the floor throwing temper tantrums. I spent a good portion of the day standing in a back hallway with a screaming child. Oh well. It happens. We didn't get to see everything we wanted to, but we'll make a trip back sometime soon!
4. My winter mantle isn't necessarily MFF worthy, but I love it. I was having a hard time coming up with something that I liked. I moved the stuff around about 30 times and decided just to leave it be and maybe some more inspiration would come to me. Yesterday we were at the store and all of their Christmas decorations were 50% off so I grabbed the white and silver candle holders. You can't tell my terribly grainy picture, but the shiny silver candle holder looks like bark. I love it. So once I got those up there I liked the placement of things, but I knew it needed something else. So, I sent my gracious husband out into the snow to trim some branches off of the dogwood tree out front. I love the way it came together! The New Years subway art is from here.
5. There's no picture for #5. I don't think it's possible to have a picture of it. But one of the best things about this week has been being together as a family. We've been blessed to have Aaron home this week as he waits to finish his job training. They pushed back the original date until next week, and I can honestly say I wasn't super dissapointed. I know the girls have enjoyed having him home for almost 2 weeks. And I won't lie, I have too!