Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Christmas morning we woke up to see that Santa had once again spoiled us and our fur children too!

Emillio wearing her Christmas collar and giving me her "Will you please stop taking my picture?" look. ;) Isn't she just the cutest kitty ever? :)

We had a very blessed and wonderful Christmas. Here are our "loot" pictures as we like to call them. ;)



Merry Christmas!

Christmas Kits

New Christmas kits I put together this month from The Idea Closet. :)

A Major Award

One of our favorite Christmas movies ever is A Christmas Story so when we came home last Thursday night to find this stuck in our side door, we just had to call it our major award!

Now it might not be the same as winning a leg lamp, but we did get some fun gift certificates so I won't complain!

The funny thing is we didn't even do as many outside decorations this year as we have in the past! Guess it was good enough. ;)

Heward Family Christmas Party

The weekend before Christmas, my parents invited all of us to come out to SLC to get together for a Christmas party and exchange gifts. We all met at my brother's house Saturday afternoon and exchanged gifts first. Here are the nieces and nephews opening the gifts from Andrew and I.



Jade and Lincoln (with Mayci looking at hers closer ;))
Will was asleep, but he got a cute long-sleeve airplane t-shirt from us. :)

After the gift unwrapping was over, my parents had us all get in our cars and told us just to follow them for their present to us. We didn't know where we were going and so we didn't know how long we were going to be in the car. I figured it wouldn't be very far, but boy was I wrong! My brother lives in Herriman/Riverton and we ended up at Smith and Edwards in Ogden! (I was riding with little Will so actually being in the car for a while didn't bother this aunt because I got to feed him a time or two on the way up and on the way back. :))

Once we arrived, we all gathered in the parking lot to hear what my parents had in store for us.

Their present to us was $50 each to spend in the store and my parents wanted the fun of watching us spend it. :D It was such a fun thing! My parents also offered to watch the grandkids while we all shopped and so this is how they spent some of their time. :)

Andrew got a cool thermos that keeps drinks and soups hot up to 15 hours, which is something he's been wanting and then we combined the rest of his money with mine and put it toward an enamel-covered cast iron grill pan and panini press, which is something I've been wanting for a while now. Thanks, Dad and Mom!

On the way home, my parents also took us out for a little dinner all together and I really enjoyed getting to spend a day with my family for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Goodies 2011

This year I decided to just make homemade caramels for the goodies we like to give away to our family, friends and co-workers. The reason why is I actually had a few people ask me if I was going to make my caramel again this year because they love it so much. :) That made my day as you can imagine! My favorite part was the cute candy tins I found to package the caramels in.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

My parents invited all of us to come out to SLC this past weekend to get together for a Christmas party and exchange gifts. My mom asked me to bring cupcakes so I made these Christmas tree cupcakes that I found on Pinterest. I do love making cupcakes and it's fun that everyone enjoys them so much now they request them. :D

More about the Christmas party to come... :)

Tooth Fairy Pillows

For Christmas I decided to make tooth fairy pillows for my niece Jade and my nephew Lincoln who both started loosing teeth this year. I found the idea on Pinterest and made 1 girl monster and 1 boy monster respectively. Then in each monster's pocket I put a picture of a tooth and also a dollar.

Jade and Lincoln seemed to like their pillows (and especially the dollar ;)) when they opened them this past Saturday at my family's Christmas party.

It was fun making some of my Christmas presents this year. Maybe it will become a tradition. :)

Christmas Card 2011

This year in our Christmas card we decided to include a picture of us from our San Francisco vacation taken in front of the Golden Gate Bridge this past April.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Tree 2011

This year I wrapped my tree with some burlap that I got on clearance at Walmart for $0.67 a yard! I absolutely love what it added to my tree. :D

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Graham Cracker Houses 2011

Last Friday night Brandon, Kim, Josh, Savannah, Andrew and I got together for our 2nd annual graham cracker house-building night. Kim made us all a delicious dinner first and then we got to work! This is how they all turned out...

Josh and Savannah did a hunting lodge. :)

Brandon and Kim did a house complete with a side yard for their dog Lizzy. :)

Remember to never eat yellow snow! ;)

Our house...I especially love the red and green roof tiles Andrew found. :)

I'm so glad that we got to do this again this year with our friends. We love getting together with them anytime though!