Christmas season has already been in full swing for the Hepworth's. You better believe we've been listening to Christmas music every day! Yesterday, Squire finished his last test of the semester and did very well, so now we have three weeks to enjoy with no school to interrupt our fanatics. Though, as you'll see with this post - we haven't been letting school get in the way of our holiday season!
Last Thursday we went to see the lights at the Reid Park Zoo. They had two nights that were free to all Zoo members. It was raining the night we went, but the drizzle stopped shortly after we arrived. We had bundled up enough to enjoy the chill air and had a great time seeing the lights and Santa.
As I mentioned in this post, we cut down our own tree from Southern Utah this year. We decorated our tree with our original ornaments. And here she is in all her glory!
like this in Christmas paper, or maybe felt? For now, the tree is decorated as much as I care to decorate it. Notice how there are no ornaments around the bottom foot or so of the tree? Yeah, that's how we roll this year, thanks to a little someone. ;) I used some leftover Birch branches from the project for Lincoln's room, as a centerpiece for Fall. But, I decided to turn them into a Star for our tree this year.
|Before: Fall Decor|
|After: the unintentional Blair Witch project Christmas tree star|
Our ward already had their Christmas party. We went and Lincoln was able to sit on Santa's lap for the first time. He was more unsure than anything. He was glad to slide off Santa's knee. (*Side note: For those of you with older children, I stumbled upon this great Christmas FHE lesson on teaching Santa as a symbol for Christ. Check it out!)
|Lincoln's first picture with Santa.|
Also, Our friends who we went to see the Christmas lights with, invited us over for family night. We all dressed up in costume to help bring the Nativity story to life for their little ones. Squire, Lincoln and I were Joseph, baby Jesus and Mary.
What else? Well, we have this turkey we have been storing in our chest freezer for an embarrassingly long time . . . Anyways, we decided we needed some turkey to go with all the cranberry sauce we brought home from Thanksgiving in Page. So we thawed and cooked that thing up! I used this recipe with some of the fresh herbs from my garden and it was fabulous. I'll be making turkey noodle soup with homemade noodles from the turkey carcass tomorrow.
Also, this Thursday night I brought these to a cookie exchange:
|Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies. Yum. :)|
|Booty from the cookie exchange.|
I used the leftover denim pockets from the old jeans I used to sew Lincoln's curtains, to sew this pocket wall hanging. For now, I think it will just be a way to store small toys of Lincoln's, but in the future, I plan to stuff the pockets with laminated cards to help him learn his numbers, colors, letters and words. This is one of his Christmas gifts. Shhh! Don't spoil it for him. ;)
|Pocket wall hanging.|
While I've been sewing, Squire has been busy learning the art of wood working with minimal power tools.
I love our open floor plan for our kitchen, it makes our little kitchen seem not so small. But the lack of drawer space has been a bit of a problem. We've had our kitchen utensils sitting on our counter ever since we moved to Tucson!
|This picture is from this post.|
|Beautiful, isn't it?|
I've been reading the Hunger Games trilogy to Squire as he wood works, and sometimes he reads to me while I sew or cook. We're halfway through with the last book. Well, to be honest, I read ahead and finished the series because I just had to know how it ended. But, I still enjoying reading it the second time around. ;)
Aaaand Lincoln? With three new teeth making their appearances on his top gums, he's been about like this lately:
|"Believe Me, I'm Nice (Naughty)" - Thanks for the shirt, Carly! :)|