Our mini Aerogarden has been growing surprisingly well. We have already used some of the basil and it is amazing how delicious fresh basil is. | This year I decided to update our color scheme for our Christmas decorating. I took all the red pillows to the basement and got some green pillows, a fun new Christmas lumbar pillow, a cream tree skirt, and a new star. I love the way it turned out. | Emma decided to be silly one night and painted her face to look like Darth Maul and put together a red light saber and then went upstairs to scare Abby. It was hilarious. | Our elves have been found doing funny things this year. | Abby and Mike went shopping for a new ski coat for Abby and found the perfect burnt red coat for her. | Madeline has loved learning how to make bracelets for her friends. She made a big 6-sided bracelet as her first one. It took quite a bit of time to make. | Mike found a new recipe and made Italian style margherita pizzas and they were yummy. | Madeline loves to scooter around in the garage when Mike and I are lifting weights. | Emma’s winter orchestra concert was amazing. I loved watching her as she sat on the end of one row almost the entire time. | Madeline and mom had fun eating ice-cream while watching the Goldbergs together. | Abby found one of my retro camera bags my dad had passed down to me and has been using it. Some things never go out of style I guess. | Mike and Madeline headed over to the elementary school hill to go sledding. | Emma got her first college acceptance to CSU in Ft. Collins. | With the season comes the baking of many loaves of poppyseed bread to give away to our friends and neighbors. This year I made 5 batches. | Madeline and I headed over to Bass Pro Shop so that she could meet Santa and tell him what she wanted for Christmas. She was so excited to tell Santa that she wanted the pink American Girl Doll car. | Madeline had fun at her class holiday party. The room moms did such a great job with the rotations and the games. | I went out to a holiday dinner with some girls from my ward. Jen brought everyone fun reindeer headbands to wear. | Madeline loves to go shopping and usually goes with Mike to Costco. | Abby went to Noelle’s sweet 16 pajama party. Most of the girls were cheerleaders but she still had a great time. | Usually, it’s Peter that falls asleep on road trips but this time it was Abby who fell asleep hard core on our way to Vail. | Madeline’s wooden name finally arrived, and it looked so good on her wall. | Madeline finally got her haircut after a year of it growing way too long. We had them cut several inches off. | It was fun to see the boys and extended family on Christmas via FB messenger video. Technology is amazing. | I love when Mike sends me photos of him in the OR before he operates. He is such a bad ass. | Madeline loves all things crafty and artsy. She has been having fun lately painting on her easel. | The Spears came to visit us for the New Year and Mike took them all to Garden of the Gods and to the top of Pikes Peak.