December in a post

December has gone by in a whirlwind. I had grand dreams of it going by slowly and enjoying every single moment. Going to all our favorite holiday places and really relishing the month. 
Then we decided to drive to California to spend Christmas week with our families. 
And some dear friends of ours decided to move to Georgia (we hate Georgia now, just FYI) 
and we hosted their going away party... and I hosted my annual ladies only cookie decorating party. 
And then we finished up school, celebrated a small Christmas here, went to a couple parties, packed and left town. 
my friend Katie had me over with her sister and Mom for a cookies and cocktails 
party, which was super fun. We baked cookies together, drank cocktails and laughed a lot. 

evidence of said annual cookie decorating party. 

I bought these leaves at a market in Tacoma and have loved the color 
they've brought to our house! And as a bonus... they're still alive! 
Feels like Fall hung around months longer than it should've :)

enjoying our last play date with our friends :( 

I love these two girls so much! 
Not having them here anymore makes me so sad. 

Had a nice farewell to say goodbye to the Deans. 

best friends since 2010 

I took a bus with my friend Sharon's church and spent a Saturday 
in an amazing little town called Leavenworth. 
We had such a nice time and hit fabulous weather! 

some gorgeous views out the bus window. 

in Leavenworth 

so pretty at night when the lights come on

the next day our kids sang in our church's kids choir. 
Miles was a total ham and made us laugh so hard. 

before heading to California we celebrated Christmas here, just the 6 of us. 
It was so fun to watch Miles this year - I feel like it was the first year he fully
understood what we were doing and why we were doing it. 
He gasped and screamed as he opened gifts and loved watching everyone else 
open theirs. I can't wait to see how much more fun it gets next year. 

Rachel was beyond thrilled to get a Frozen blanket :) 

3 {comments}:

Nicola said...

I love watching your children growing up. So precious.

Stef said...

Thank you, Cola!

Gina said...

This was the year Hannah got Christmas too. It was great! I love listening to the kids' excitement and comments during the holiday. Your Leavenworth photos are amazing


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