Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What a Merry Christmas!

The rush of the holidays is over and I loved running across all of our pictures this week.  It was a jam packed season filled with The Christmas Carol Musical (that was fantastic!), Zoo Lights, Adam's company party and a stay in Park City, 
family parties, a handmade gift exchange with neighborhood friends, old roomate party, Madrigal party....we welcomed a relaxing January after all of that fun!

The girls, minus Jane here, enjoyed talking to Santa at our ward breakfast.  Caroline sat for what seemed like 15 minutes on his lap, deep in thought because she wanted to tell him just the right thing to bring.

Our Elder's Quorum put on quite the bash!  We had a progressive dinner with small groups which was fun to get to know a few families better.  Then we had a white elephant exchange and dessert back at the ward.  I was thrilled that we had the perfect gift for this party.  We have toted around this gift from New Hampshire, to D.C. and back to Utah, waiting for just the right crowd.  Well, why not bring it to our first ward Christmas party?
We brought The Sperm Bank that I received at a friend party years ago.  It was a hit and had everyone rolling, I would highly recommend this if you want a good gag gift!
We were relieved that it went over well and that our dear friend Brooke found the humor in it!

At one point during the game we were thrilled to get a plunger, sombrero, and various treats from Mexico.  Turns out that was another hot gift that was stollen from us.

Attempts to get a calm picture before church went probably as expected.  We have a few cute pics with 2 out of three girls smiling, and then lots of stressed out ones.  I just had to share some real life :)  Look how stressed Caroline is as Jane is slipping a little bit.

Another real life moment that was very sad for Olive was when her gingerbread man fell off of her plate and was decapitated.  I felt bad for her, but I was also fighting back the laughter because she was hysterical!
It's so hard for these little ones when it seems their life crumbles to pieces...no pun intended.

Our family Christmas parties were cozy, relaxing, and delicious.  We had one with my dad's side of the family that I will post later because there are too many funny pictures!  My cute parents getting the feast ready.

 My mom knit these Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty dolls for Caroline and Olive.  You flip them over and under their skirt is the more casual Ella and Briar Rose.  The girls now sleep with them every night.

My sister gave the girls these darling personalized plates.  

I just died at how adorable they are! 

Sweet Grandpa B with baby Jane.  He just loves our girls so much and has such a tender heart.  We lovethe Beckstrom party where we play Don't Eat Pete and Righty Lefty. The kids had a blast!

We were so happy to be with everyone during the most wonderful time of the year!!


Jill said...

Where did Corinne or Erika get those adorable personalized plates? I would love to get one for ELiza! Your girls are just so adorable!

Halley said...

Those dolls and plates are to die for! And to be handmade by family members is even more special. Glad you had a happy holiday season! Miss you guys.

The Winegar's said...

Cute, cute pictures!! Olive in tears over the decapitated gingerbread man. Sad but funny. That one with Jane and Grandpa B is darling!! Looked like some fun times. I'm glad we were part of them.

The Beckstroms said...

Jill, I added the link to the plates so you can find them. I tried to find your email, but couldn't so hopefully you see this!

Michelle said...

I I love those dolls and plates! Your mom is so talented. And I'm tucking away the sperm bank idea for our next white elephant party! ;)

Corinne said...

Holy cow, drama mama. I don't know how you have all the patience you have...I would be bald from pulling my hair out and would most likely be on anti anxiety meds. I love that you took a picture of all the crying though...I think they are adorable. Real life rules.