Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Fun

The Selph fam enjoyed one of our favorite traditions of the Christmas season this weekend... Christmas lights! Slowly but surely this has become just as fun for our kiddos every year as it is for us. Haha!

We get the kids in their Christmas pj's, make pictures in front of the tree, grab a bowl of snacks (1 for each big boy), and this year for the first time ever head out on a Christmas lights scavenger hunt. So fun!

I found a pretty simple scavenger hunt online so we printed out copies for everybody and set off. The big boys loved it. They were on a mission. =) The hardest things to find on our list (that required driving all over town) were a penguin and a reindeer with a red nose/Rudolph. Finally we found a penguin and just before giving up on Rudolph we drove by a house that had a red candle nose glowing in the window. We knew then that Rudolph was inside watching us drive by. Scavenger hunt success!! It was super fun and we're excited to add the scavenger hunt to our tradition. Layton fell asleep but was present for most of the fun.

Then on Saturday night we went with my in-laws to see more Christmas lights at a local ranch and visited Santa's workshop while we there. The Christmas fun continued!
The kids got to do things like decorate a cookie, make an ornament, have storytime with an elf, and write a letter to Santa. The big boys had a ball. Especially my firstborn who is old enough to deeply enjoy and appreciate every little thing about Christmastime. We all had another fun night celebrating the season.

On yesterday we had a wonderful Christmas Sunday at church. We saw family, we saw friends, and we celebrated the greatest Gift of all. Then we had a lazy afternoon at home that included wrapping and Christmas movies. It was a pretty wonderful day.

And I just couldn't wrap up my last before Christmas post without mentioning just how grateful we are to be back in B'ville. We are so amazed and thankful for the way God worked out our move back to the hometown and thrilled to spend our first Christmas here! We aren't traveling this Christmas or packing or spending the whole week in other people's homes. And we aren't experiencing any of the stress and exhaustion that come with those things. We are home (woohoo!) and we are so enjoying the season right here with our closest family and friends!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

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