Our December

To me December is a time for comfort, good food, warmth, spending quality time with my family and celebrating our Savior. Our December has been jam packed and I have not been able to do Friday favorites, so I will just give you a little run down of our month. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year's and I am so very thankful for all of you and the support from those who follow me and read my blog. This March will be 10 years of blogging for me.

Our elf Tinsel arrived on December 1st and he stayed until Christmas Eve night.  He left a note each morning for the kids with a special toy or treat for each child.  They love it and so do I.

I go over the top each night.  Almost every night Tinsel had on a different costume and was placed doing something that the kids just loved seeing in the morning.  They could not wait to get up each morning to find Tinsel or see what he had left them.

My dear friend Sophie had her annual cookie exchange.  It is one of my favorite parties every year.  She seriously has the best decor, food, and her home is so warm and inviting.

I brought Christmas tree sugar cookies with sprinkles.

We went with Blake's entire family to see Aladdin in San Francisco.  My kids loved it.

I hosted my annual Christmas / Favorite Things party with my closest friends.  You can read all about it here.

We took the kids to Disneyland and you can read about our trip here.

We went to Universal Studios for Grinchmas.  You can read the blog post here.

We also went to Skypark Santa's Village and you can read all about it here.

Every year we ride the little horse carriage ride in Fig Garden that they offer throughout the month of December.  The kids love it.  Blake and I have been riding it for years, even before we had kids.

We made Christmas cookies with Blake's grandma Patricio.  It was such a special day.  I have always wanted to learn how to make her famous spritz cookies and I finally learned.  I also found her exact same vintage cookie press online and what I love most is that the kids loved helping and they LOVE spritz cookies.

We did the a Christmas drive thru, the journey to Bethlehem.  It is amazing and we do it every year.  It is put on by the Bethany Church in Fresno.

We made gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses.

We saw Ferdinand, which was amazing.

We visited several different Santas.  I think 4, to be exact.

We donated toys to kids in need.

Lisa and I have been friends on social media for a little over a year.  She also blogs and has two children (a boy and girl).  We finally got to meet in person this month when she was visiting family in Fresno.  It was so fun.  Check out her blog here.

Carter had his first Christmas program and it was amazing from beginning to end.  Our little cutie danced and sang throughout the entire performance and he was the ONLY kid dancing!  He was definitely hands down the star of the show and I am not just saying that because I am his mama.  His teacher told him he was the star of the show along with almost every single parent and person watching the performance.  I mean, we got phone calls, facebook messages, and IG direct messages all about Carter's performance.  I just want to say thank you!  We were proud of our little performer and he was obviously feeling the Christmas spirit!

We started celebrating Christmas on Saturday, December 23rd with Blake's family.  We opened gifts, ate dinner, went to church, had dessert and then went home.

 On Christmas Eve we had a wonderful day at home playing games, eating, watching Christmas movies, and being together just our family of four.  We went to the children's Christmas Eve mass at our church in Fresno and went out to dinner.

We spent Christmas Day with Blake's family and opened presents, ate, and spent quality time together.  It was such a nice day.