This was the first Christmas in a looooooong time that we have not been near some sort of family. We were all a little sad but it was fun to just have a Christmas morning with just us. We went and cut down a tree at a local U-Cut place and waded through a flooded field to find our tree. It had just recently rained and their fields were covered in water. It wasn't exactly what I had envisioned with the kids staying in the car so they wouldn't freeze their butts off in the flooded field, but we found a tree we were happy with and brought it back to them. It turned out perfect, and because of our new space we were able to put up our tiny tree as well. I loved it!!!
Our new house even had a fireplace for us to hang our stockings, the kids loved having them hang over a fireplace. Unfortunately for them, once Santa came, they were going to come crashing down, so Santa put them on the ground after filling them.
Christmas morning came bright and early and the kids could wait no longer. We were up about 6 AM and quickly dug into the presents
And Kaders exploring everything.
We tried to keep the kids busy through the break with games and outings. We decided to tackle this puzzle. The kids really got into it, surprisingly enough.
The next picture are from my phone and not the best quality, but we will deal with it. We saw Santa at the ward Christmas party.
Here's proof of out tree cutting adventure. We pulled it out of the water before taking the shot.
Kenzie had a ugly sweater day at school and this is what we came up with. She's her very own Christmas tree, lol.
Randy's work had their Christmas party in Cincinnati and put us up in a hotel overnight. So we jumped on the chance to go out and explore. we went to an art museum.
Tried on different Asian hairpieces.
That night at the party, Kenz was in charge of the kids in the hotel rooms we had but everyone at the party wanted to see what having 6 kids was really like, so we brought them down for a quick visit. They were pretty impressed.
The next day was Sunday so we hurried and got ready to head out to make it in time for church 1 1/2 hours away back in Indy. It was a fun weekend.
Of course we get tired with all of the Christmas festivities.
Santa brought the kids a membership to the biggest Children's museum which is located in downtown Indianapolis so we made sure we went at least once during the break.
It's a pretty exciting museum with lots to see and do.
We especially love the carousel ride.
We had another visit from BJ and Andy for New Years, and had to get a couple haircuts in while she was around.
All around, it was a good holiday. We had lots of fun and made some great memories.