Christmas Recap 2017

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! It seemed to be a whirlwind of events around here! I love this time of year! So, you may remember my Christmas Bucket List I posted a few weeks ago. Here's how we did this year!

1. Check out the Christmas Lights around town!
Done!! We drove around one evening looking at all the Christmas lights and decor. Some people got really creative! Next year, I'm going to try to convince my husband to do Mix and Match Mama's Jammy Cocoa Christmas. ;)

2. Go to the Wonderland of Lights Show. 
Done! Since it was cold, my parents kept Abby, while Dan, Elli and I went to a local farm to check out their North Pole Lights display. And it was SO FUN! We rode a little train around the farm and it was the best! Elli looooved it so much! So much so, that she had a melt down when we left...that's how much fun it was!

 
 
 
 

3. Build and decorate a Gingerbread House.
Guys. This was a MAJOR fail. Not because we didn't do it... we did. Or at least, we tried. I'll just let the picture speak for itself.

 
 
 
 

Moral of the story: the big gingerbread houses are not worth the money. Get the small ones! Or premade ones! 

4. Decorate our Christmas tree.
Yes! We actually got our tree up this year, thanks to my husband and father-in-law! Elli had a blast decorating the tree. She had helped my mom decorate her tree, so she was showing off. :P 

 
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5. Do a Christmas craft with Elli.
We didn't get to do a Christmas craft. However, I did get this awesome Christmas Fingerprint Activity Usborne book from my friend Kim! I learned Elli is a bit too young for it, because she just mixed the colors everywhere and made a mess. However, it kept her super occupied...and that's what counts!

 
 

6. Get pajama photos of the girls by the tree.
So, this was kind of a #momfail. LOL! I forgot to buy Elli Christmas jammies! Whooops! Instead, here are my girls in very non-Christmasy outfits. Haha! I should have gotten their pictures by the tree in their Christmas Sunday dresses. Oh well! (PS: Do y'all know how hard it is to take pictures of kids?!)

 
 

7. Go through our stuff and donate.
We didn't get a chance to do that this year, because the week of Christmas, my whole family got sick. :(

8. Read the Christmas story from the Jesus Storybook Bible.
We didn't get to do this either-- again because we were battling sickness. :( However, we did talk to Elli a lot about Baby Jesus and His first coming. Next year, we are thinking about doing the Shepherd on the Search or Star from Afar. Has anyone done those? Let me know!

9. Make paper snowflakes and hang them up!
Didn't get to do this.

10. Watch the When Calls the Heart Christmas Movie!
Oh, yes, yes, yes! Christmas Evening, everyone in my family was sick and sleeping (that sounds so pathetic, but it's true), so I got to watch the WCTH Christmas Movie. I loved it! (However, the WCTH New Years Wish will always be my favorite!)

11. Go to Bellingrath Garden for the Magic Christmas in Lights Tour.
**SIIIIGH** We didn't get to go because we all got sick. UGH! My husband is convinced, it's just not meant to be. UGH! Next year!!! 


And that's all! Most of those activities, we did before Christmas. We also had an early Christmas with my brother and his wife, and then another early Christmas with my in-laws. 

Unfortunately, Christmas weekend, we were hit with "the plague." Elli came down with the coughing/sneezing, and we all went down one by one. Thankfully, it's starting to pass and we are on the mend, but man, being sick on Christmas is a real bummer!

Besides, being sick on Christmas, I did manage to make Erica's Breakfast Casserole. (PS: You need to follow Erica from Whimsical September. She's one of my favorites!) Her casserole was OH-SO-YUM! Super super yummy! I loved it! I also attempted on making monkey bread. *sigh* Monkey bread is super easy. I've made it dozens of times. However, I couldn't find my bundt pan, so, this time, I tried making it in a glass pie plate. I figure, hey, what the heck, why not? It'll just be monkey bread pie.

However........... I wasn't thinking and overstuffed the pan, which made everything spill over in the oven. This turned into our oven smoking, which turned into us panicking that our stove was catching on fire, which turned into opening all the windows. The monkey bread wasn't even cooked, and I ended up having to re-bake everything in the toaster oven. Alls well that ends well!

Here's a real life, in-the-moment picture I shot on Christmas morning. Does that casserole not look yummy? And notice the empty pie plate and the plate full of monkey bread pieces. Yup. That fiasco really did happen.

 
 

Anyways, despite all the craziness, smoking ovens, fallen gingerbread houses, and sickness, we had a wonderful Christmas. The best part? We got to spend a lot of time together as a family. And on the bright side about all of us getting sick at once? We got to spend even more time together. Sure, it got a little crazy and there were moments I wanted to hide in the bathroom for some sense of sanity and quiet. However, this last year with Dan being in school full-time, we really hadn't had the chance to spend a lot of quality time together as a family. It's just for a season in our life right now, but any moment we can have together just the four of us, we'll take it!

just like that, 2018 is about to come smack us in the face, like WHOA. Where did you come from?! Next week, I'll be talking about goals and all that fun stuff. Can't wait!

How was your Christmas vacation? Let me know in the comments!