Ok it's a bit late but in my defence - December with kids which also includes one of the kids birthdays!
This year l failed miserably again. No time was carved out for crafty activities and Christmas bakes with the kids. Instead it was a rolling procession of parties, outings, recitals, plays and other such events that mean my kids have an infinitely better social life than me.
I take a picture of our tree every year. We picked it up on sale in Costco a few years back. It's like a shopping centre sized tree but I love it. Of course once we have put it up and decorated it, we have no energy to do Christmas decorating anywhere else.
I had great plans for a series of Christmas themed images with the kids. But my oldest will not indulge me at all and the youngest never stays still. Still l got a few. Tip - give them something to focus on. In this instance, her favourite book.
Here she is with one of her favourite Christmas presents.
Checking for wrinkles.
Her first nativity. Everything about it was adorable and l almost cried.
Somebody turned 6. So big.
We had a small Christmas themed party. Gingerbread houses, hot chocolate and The Polar Express.
I try and take the same picture next to the Christmas tree every year. It's all fine and well until l look back at the old ones and start getting emotional about how quickly it's all passing.
Between Christmas and New Year we got a bit more time to ourselves. We decided to decorate a tree with edible decorations for the wildlife.
Heres our other 'baby' all decorated for Christmas.
On New Year's Eve we started a new tradition. Every time something amazing or funny happens to one of us this year, we will write it down and keep it in this memory jar. Hopefully it will be full of happy and fun memories to reminisce over next New Year's Eve.