Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Day 2013

After all the excitement on Christmas Eve, you would think we would have slept in....but Jeff and I were up before the girls. We were ready to see them open their gifts!

They got capes and wigs from "Frozen". Plus lots of Doc McStuffins and Princesses for Maisy and Arts&Crafts projects for Afton.

The rest of the day was filled with playing dolls, enjoying the sunshine, watching Afton ride her new electric scooter and just relaxing. 

In the afternoon, we went over to Grammy's for a delicious Christmas dinner. It was such a lovely Christmas. I am sad it is all over! 

The Conner Family gets Tacky

On Christmas Eve we always have our family over for dinner and a little celebration. This year we decided to do a theme-- we went with "Tacky".

I used Evite for simple invitations. They had lots of tacky/ugly sweater invitations to choose from. The party was 'pot-luck', everyone brought something yummy- meatballs, chicken nuggets, puppy chow, cookies and fudge. The 'tacky' theme kept everything light and simple. My mom made this jello mold- reminds me of 'Christmas Vacation'.

Everyone was in town this year-- Amanda came in from Georgia. Becka was here from Oklahoma. And Jessie came all the way from Israel.

We found our 'tacky outfits' at a thrift store. I made Jeff's 'Naughty' vest by cutting up a woman's sweater and hot gluing it to a thrifted leather vest. I hand-cut the lettering on the back of the vest from the sleeves of the sweater. The Santa is made from white felt, yellow ric-rac and googly eyes.

I made these headbands for myself and my girls to wear. 'Tacky Headbands' are a must for a 'Tacky Sweater Party'!

Everybody else had great luck finding 'ugly sweaters' at Walmart, Target, or even Etsy. Some people already owned 'tacky' sweaters too :) 

Santa "Grandpa" even stopped by our party. Most of the kiddos were excited about our guest.... a few were not :) This was Maisy's first year to be happy about visitng with Santa. Might be because she was related to him :) 

Then it was time for the awards! Afton was the self appointed 'Head Judge" We handed out 8 'tacky' awards, plus 4 big buttons. She wanted us to give out lots of awards so no one would get their feelings hurt!

Photo courtesy of The Sassy Writer

My favorite part of the night was the DIY Photo Booth. I was happily surprised how enthusiastic everyone was about taking silly photos:)

I think this year's party was the best yet. It set the tone for a very Merry Christmas too!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Eve Angels

My heart is so full---- I can't imagine anyone loving anyone more than we love these girls.

We took the girls to the Children's Service at Church. Maisy was an angel in the Christmas Pageant. She was so proud! 

Happy Birthday to Jesus! 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

December Adventures

The month has flown by. So many fun Christmas activities!

New Christmas PJs

The lighting of the Christmas tree in downtown Grapevine. 

Decorating the house

The Christmas Festival at Church

The ice storm which closed down school for three days! 

Waiting for Santa

Wrapping Christmas presents with Girl Scouts. 

Santa Visit at School

School Christmas Parties

Seeing some favorites in Town Square 

Roller Skating Christmas Party.

The Grinch Theater Camp with Landry

Visiting Grandpa Santa at the Mason's Lodge. 

Family dinner at Grandpa's house

And now we are just one day away from Christmas. We can't wait! 

Bring on Christmas!!

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