Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This was the first time we have had our own Christmas eve and morning as a little family in our own place, so it was pretty exciting 🙂 Although, all of us were sick…so we were miserable in that aspect haha.
We started some new Bertoch traditions, one being that Christmas eve we make homemade pizza and decorate it in festive shapes. This time we did a christmas tree and snowman. 🙂 We also had a cheese and a chocolate fondue. (I found some individual fondue mugs on amazon that is heated with tea lights. Loved it) and it felt like a piece of home because we always did fondue growing up. I was like a kid in a candy shop when we were at the store looking at Italian imported breadsticks, cheeses, and salami. Then we decorated sugar cookies for santa, left some carrots for his reindeer and a little note with some milk, read the Christmas story and went to bed 🙂 Stacey and Dave came over to spend Christmas Eve with us and participate in the festivities with us, so that was fun!
But the girls were up bright and early at their usual time of 6:30am, so we had an early Christmas morning. Good thing Santa had already come 😉 It was so fun watching Bailey open presents and get excited about her gifts. Claire was more of a spectator who wanted to eat the wrapping paper lol. What a neat experience to come full circle and watch my kids on Christmas morning. I love it so much.
We had Sacrament at church and then after naps went over to Stacey’s house for Christmas dinner and gift opening with Ally and Austin and their families 🙂 We had a full house! (Just missing Aaron and his crew!) It was a great Christmas. Hopefully next year Adam and I will be able to not have sinus pressure and actually taste most of the food 😉
For New Years we got some fireworks and had a blast in Stacey’s cul de sac with Ally and the boys and their neighbors. Bailey loved throwing down the poppers and stomping on them lol. We had everyone in the back of our explorer while we watched Adam and John give us a light show. 🙂 Adam and I went home and ended up toasting to the New Year around 9pm after the girls were finally in bed. We followed soon after only to be woken up because of everyone shooting off fireworks in our area (haha I have crossed over to the parent side of holidays…valuing sleep and quiet haha). As the years go on and our kiddos get older, I am sure there will be more New Years festivities lol.
Now we are back into the routine. Adam went back to work today after having a 3.5 day weekend. I love him so much and how hard he works to provide for our family. I wish money didnt exist so we could all be home all together all the time! But I am thankful for the time that I do have 🙂
2016 had many milestones for our little family; I am excited for what 2017 has in store for the Bertoch’s.
These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.