Friday, December 26, 2014

by the way… (blog name change!)

On a whim the other week, I decided to change my blog name to Beautiful Ordinary Days.  It just kind of came to me one day while unloading the dishwasher. (lol)  I didn't think about letting people know on here, because I figured if people follow through Blogger or Bloglovin, etc. it would just still show up on people's blog rolls.  I was wrong!  I've gotten some emails from people asking where my blog went so I changed it back to "Tales of a Young Housewife" to let you all know the new blog address in case you missed it.  It is (or will be in a few days)  You have to click "follow" again if you want it to still show up on your blog roll. 

Thank you and sorry for the confusion!  I know you were all losing sleep over it ;)

one big christmas post.

Because I'm lazy, I'm going to combine all our Christmas Eve/Christmas Day festivities into one post.  I didn't take very many pictures during the last few days - but I'm glad I got a few to remember this year by.  Each Christmas with kids is even better than the last.  I love all the excitement, anticipation, and joy Christmas brings and I'm a little sad it's all over!

Gingerbread houses a few days before Christmas..

We went to the temple on Christmas Eve EVE and saw this beautiful nativity outside..

We spent Christmas Eve at Grandma & Grandpa's house for some yummy clam chowder, Christmas story reading, & song singing.

Had to do some "quality control" for Santa's cookies..

Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads… Aubs slept on the floor next to her tree :)

Mom & Dad stayed up and set up all the Santa loot.  This year we just did two "big presents" for the girls to share a couple small gifts like games, My Little Ponies, etc.  So nice that they can pretty much share everything!  

Christmas morning came and went by in a flash.  Loved watching our girls open their gifts!  

Next up..Grammy & Papa's house!

My poor dad broke his foot and has to stay off of it for six weeks, so he gets to ride this sweet scooter around the house.  He gave the girls rides..

Pretty sure Santa brought more gifts to Grammy & Papa's house than ours.  My mom spoiled these girls rotten!

Christmas day snuggles with dad.

And our cheesy mistletoe picture.  Your hands are a little low there, Mr. Williams!

Friday, December 19, 2014

cookies & crafts.

Things have been nuts since we got home from Tahoe. We had a Christmas party at our house for the youth in our church the other night, and we're also hosting a Christmas party for family this weekend.  We have some sort of holiday event planned every night until Christmas.  I love the hustle and bustle of the holidays but I love being at home with my family best.  We've had some festive fun lately so I thought I'd document.

Tree painting.  Thankful for easy Pinterest ideas.  Also, note in the top right corner our new family pictures Steve hung!  

 Kate went the "abstract" route..

While Aubrey chose to finger paint ornaments - her idea!

During nap time, I whipped up these little Santa puppets.  Aubrey was thrilled with it, but Kate screamed and ran away from it.  She's a little terrified of Santa.  Steve put on a Santa hat the other day and she wouldn't even go near him.  I have no idea why she is so scared of the jolly old soul - we didn't make her sit on his lap or anything this year!  

Cookie making/decorating was always my favorite thing to do with my mom before Christmas.  I let the girls put in every single ingredient and do all the cookie cutting themselves.  Needless to say, they loved it!

Now let's all pray we don't get salmonella after the excessive cookie dough tasting from today.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

winter wonderland getaway.

A few weeks ago, we decided to plan a little getaway to the most gorgeous place we could think of where it snows in the winter: Tahoe!  We're pretty lucky to live somewhere with nice weather in the winter, but if we want to go play in the snow, we just have to drive a couple hours up north.

They woke up to a winter wonderland!

We played some games before heading out..

Snowball fight!  This girl is ruthless.

Kate wasn't so sure about the snow.  She's not so sure about anything at first, really. ;)

Do you wanna build a snowman?

She was so proud!  She named it Olaf.  So creative and original, I know!!

Ice skating with dad in the village.

After all the snowy fun, we cozied up in the condo in our jammies and watched Christmas classics like The Grinch & Frosty the Snowman.  

  I love making memories this time of year with my family.  The other day I was thinking, parents really only get 18 years with their kids at home, at least while they are still "kids." That's 18 summers, 18 holiday seasons. Only 936 weekends!  I'm bound and determined to make as many awesome memories for my kids as I can while they live at home (especially these sweet years where I get them to myself all day, everyday!).