We had a Christmas cookie baking night as a family – everyone chose which cookie they wanted to bake, and then we all baked the cookie we chose.
Guess what i did? Yes – the simplest Christmas candy in the world. (This stuff is so addicting and delicious!)
My friend Kate passed this baby walker on to Baby D and he LOVES it! He especially enjoyed sliding around the Christmas tree.
We were driving around with the family one night looking at the Christmas lights.
Jesse and I went to a Christmas party for other local foster families.
The girls made food for our All Day Family Christmas party.
Kaitlynn made the Cinnamon Rolls this year. She used our favorite family recipe.
All Day Family Christmas (which we celebrated on December 21st before we left for Kansas) started with cinnamon rolls, sausage, and orange juice for breakfast.
The obligatory pictures before gifts! 🙂 (Our good friend Isabel came to us for the morning.)
Kierstyn got a duplo set and she was SO excited! Baby D loved playing with it too!
The next morning we charged up early and drove for the 11 hour drive to Wichita, KS to spend Christmas with our two families.
We stopped at Lambert on the way! Baby D was intrigued by everything on the ceiling and walls.
Kierstyn loved the hot rolls and butter!
We made it to Springfield, MO and stayed there. One of Kierstyn’s favorite things to do at hotels is getting up early for hotel breakfast!
We found a local cafe to stop at before heading out. (We love trying new local cafes while traveling!)
We also stopped at a crepe shop that was highly recommended to us.
The two crepes were enough for all of us as they were so sweet and filling!
Our first stop in Wichita? Braum is for burgers and fries! !
Our hotel has a small kitchen in it, and as soon as I got in at my family’s house, I made a few casseroles for the next day’s brunch. It reminded me of cooking in our little basement kitchen.
I made Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole.
And sausage, egg and cheese casseroles.
Working on a LEGO set in the hotel.
The sunset the next morning was fantastic.
Of course, the first thing we had to do in the morning was to top up the hotel breakfast buffet.
And then it went to grandma and grandpa for brunch.
Look at the little feet on his jammies !!
One of the highlights of Christmas was seeing my brand new nephew (my brother’s first son!)
As always, my father had a treasure hunt for the kids this year to find their gifts.
Christmas morning: off to the hotel breakfast!
On this trip we introduced Kierstyn Kinder Joys!
Wait patiently for Christmas presents!
Kierstyn wanted to «help» everyone with the unwrapping of their presents.
Exploding kittens play for gifts.
After spending Christmas morning with Jesse’s family, we went to my family’s home for Christmas dinner.
We did a White Elephant Gift Exchange this year.
And then it went back to Jesse’s family for dinner, games, and stockings.
(Yes, that’s Kathrynne, who’s decked out out there and opening her stocking!)
My 10 goals for this week
When reviewing what worked and what didn’t in 2021, and what I want to change and do differently in 2022, the fact kept coming up that I didn’t set myself any weekly goals. I’ll write more about what I’ve learned from it in one of the next few posts, but for now I’m excited to bring them back every week for the accountability and focus they give me.
Here are my goals for this week … (Note: we are out most of the week so my goals will be different than if we were at home.)
- Create a Spotify playlist of my favorite uplifting songs.
- Delete 5000 photos and videos from my phone.
- Have a game night with the family.
- Go on a date with Jesse.
Business / blogging goals
- Write a post with my goals for 2022.
- Make a contribution to my Top Books Read in 2021.
- Read 10 Chapters + Intro and Epilogue aloud to Jesse.
- Write 3,000 words for the end of the book.