We had such a great week celebrating Christmas and remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. What a wonderful spirit Christmas brings, and we pray that we will be able to carry that same spirit with us for the whole year.
On Sunday we decided to decorate our gingerbread house. Going with the store bought one....so much easier, not as creative but SOOOO much easier. Sophie had a blast and had one heck of a sugar rush by the end.
Monday, for family home evening, we made approximately 10 dozen cookies and drove around to distribute them to friends and neighbors. (That's when Sophie played Santa--see below)
On Christmas eve, we did something I don't EVER recommend. We went to the mall!! And we didn't go to our tiny little mall in town, oh no, we drove to Mobile to go to a bigger mall. I know we are mentally insane, but we were determined to get Sophie's picture taken with Santa. Of course she absolutely refused to smile. But I guess that's part of the charm. We did have some fun while we were there though. Jon and Sophie rode the carousel, and than Sophie and I rode on this little train ride they had set up.
Christmas like always was a blur. We started our Christmas like always, with us reading the birth of Christ. But after that it's just one big haze. Later in the afternoon we went to our friend's Kari and Andrews to go play games with a couple of other families. We had so much fun and ate WAY to much food. Thank goodness the Larsen New Year's resolution is to get healthy.
I pray you all had a wonderful and safe Christmas and we wish you all the best in the New Year!
Luckily, she only ate about half the candy. Somehow she still managed to go to bed at her normal bed time.
How beautiful is she?!?!?!?! Thank goodness she gets her looks from her daddy.
I am so blessed to have such a wonderful little girl!
Santa in training.
Check out that face. Sophie you are supposed to be happy when you see Santa. (This was the best out of about 6 or 7 pics taken)
Twas the night before Christmas
Looks like Sophie was a good girl, and Santa was able to find our new house. Ho, Ho, Ho...Merry Christmas!!!!
Sophie checking out her stocking. As soon as she saw it she just yelled "Elmo" and took off running to get it.
Like Father like Daughter. Jon is absolutely determined to get her playing the guitar as soon as possible. Like yesterday would be perfect.
Sophie is showing off her new Wisconsin Badger sweatshirt and her rocking horse. My dad got us all Wisconsin sweatshirts.
I can't believe that 5 years ago I had the priviledge of marrying such a wonderful man. We have definitely had our fair share of ups and downs but one thing has always remained a constant and that is our unwavering love and respect for each other. I am so thankful that we found our way to each other and through that love we found our way to the Lord. Now, we have been blessed to become an eternal family and know that we will have the opportunity to live as husband and wife for all eternity.
So, here's the funny part of our anniversary. We thought we'd spend it in TRUE Larsen style..... with the cops. No, we didn't do anything, but someone decided to break into our truck and steal our GPS and some cash. Apparently, someone broke into at least 5 different vehicles in our neighborhood. I guess we will always remember this one.
We continued one of our Christmas traditions this year and decorated our tree and home the day after Thanksgiving. We both love the holiday season and couldn't wait to get it all out. Hopefully, we won't continue our other tradition we have followed the last two years of going to the E.R.
They say that women look to marry a man like their own father, but I had no idea that Jon would have this similarity to my dad. Now, that we have a shed to work in Jon has found a new love for restoring furniture. Which happened to be what my dad did for a business for 20+ years.
For a Family Home Evening a few weeks ago, we decided to make some cheap Christmas decorations. We had gone to our local park earlier that day, and there were pine cones everywhere. So, we picked up a bunch and decided we were going to decorate them to make a center piece for our dining room table.
Sorry, I haven't posted anything in awhile. I learned some really good information a few weeks ago. 20 month olds should never, and I do mean NEVER touch your laptop. I was in the kitchen making dinner and Sophie got onto the computer and in a matter of seconds managed to remove the part that works your wireless router from the harddrive. She did such a good job uninstalling it that the we weren't able to reinstall the driver. Which leads to why I haven't posted lately. We had to send the computer to HP to have them fix it. So Sophie, Momma says "No Touch!!!"