Some Christmas Celebrations

So just a mere week or more before Christmas we finally got around to getting our tree up. Life was pretty hectic and I had to get some cleaning done before we would have room for it. (It’s already down because we had guests over for New Years Eve and I wanted the room. Two weeks was time enough for me this year.)


The girls had fun decorating and being silly.




It was Eden’s turn to put the angel up this year.

On the 21st we celebrated the Winter Solstice. Jon chose the wonderful centerpiece we had on our table and even made dinner for us, since the girls and I were at Carolyn’s Christmas work party that afternoon. We enjoyed some yummy food by candle light, then Jon read us some Winter Solstice traditions. I wasn’t feeling my best so I was mostly on the couch. Earlier in the day the girls went shopping for one another, so they exchanged gifts and Jon got to open his Winter Solstice present. I had already received one of my presents, voice lessons, and will continue to receive them, so I didn’t open anything that night.


The centerpiece of evergreen, red, white and some gold pine cones that Jon painted. I think they’re rather cool.


I had a headache and was found on the couch for most of the night.


Lilah got Eden a Barbie and Eden chose a Zhu Zhu pet for Lilah. Now she has a toy hamster and a real one.


Jon decided he wanted a Nook, and that’s what he got.

Christmas Eve we spent with my parents and Carolyn and Derek. We had fun talking and then opening presents. Usually we only open one gift on Christmas Eve, but it seemed fitting to just open all the presents they had there. So we had our parents open the gifts we gave them and we opened what my parents gave us, and the girls, then the girls got to open the present the Svilars gave them, and the gift of pajamas from us. I also opened some pajamas from the girls.


Derek and Carolyn.


Grandpa and Grandma Harvey.


The Blakes.


An owl bag for my mom. (She collects all things owls.)


A nativity plaque for my dad. (He collects all things beavers, but I can never find any, and nativities.)


The girls in their pajamas.

3 Responses to “Some Christmas Celebrations”

  1. Nice Niece Says:

    Your girls are looking so grown up! I love the family picture in front of the Christmas tree, y’all are just adorable.

  2. andrea Says:

    Zarina also got a Zhu Zhu pet from her Park Grandparents. She loves it, and unfortunately, it doesn’t bother Jack as much as we would like it to.

    She loved seeing the picture of her and “my cousins!” I like the presents you made/bought for mom and dad, very good ideas. Jon can whip up a great centerpiece, and you need to practice the “I’m asleep” pose. Right now it looks more like an “I’m pretending to be asleep, but really I’m awake” pose.

  3. Mary Brinkerhoff Says:

    Thanks for posting all these pictures. It’s good to see everyone.