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Books that I read for fun in December

Last year, I spent the last half of the year documenting the books that I read for fun.  I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax. Books that I read for fun are books that I have not been asked to review and that I have chosen to read, well because I like to read.

Here are the books that I read in December for fun. I read a lot of Christmas themed books...Tis the season! :) Out of the books that I read this month, I liked Starry Night the best! 

WOW, I read a lot in 2015! Reading is one of my hobbies, so it really shouldn't surprise me. In 2015 my grand total for books read for fun (not including books read for review, etc.) is.... 49!!!!
That is a lot! I think for 2016 I may make my goal to be 52 books for the number of weeks, but I am not 100% sure yet. Do you make reading for fun goals??

Here are the books I read for fun in:

November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015 (didn't read any for fun!)
July 2015

Christmas Day

We were blessed to be able to sleep in on Christmas Day. Truth be told, I was up at 7am, but the kids didn't get up until 8:30.

We headed downstairs to see if and what Santa brought. The kids were so excited.

Benjamin headed straight for the presents wrapped in "choo-choos" paper and wanted to start opening. But, we had to open the stockings first. The kids opened their stockings from Santa.

Then they opened their presents from us (Mom and Dad). Rebecca's presents were wrapped in Charlie Brown paper. Jacob's presents were wrapped in super hero paper and Benjamin's was wrapped in Thomas the Train paper. (We do this every year to make it easier for the kids to see which presents are theirs.) We got each child a new outfit, some books, a toy, and a few little things that they needed (like Benjamin got cups and underwear, Jacob got new tennis shoes, and Rebecca got new boots).We also got all 3 kids a scooter. After opening gifts from us, then they opened gifts fr…

Our family's Christmas Eve adventure

Ever since we were married, Bill and I (and later the kids) have spent Christmas Eve with one side of the family or the other. The last few years we have done Christmas Eve with Bill's side of the family and then Christmas Day with my side of the family. It works for our family. Well this year, Bill's mom asked if we could do Christmas with her and Bill's step-dad on December 26 instead. They would bring Christmas up to our house for the kids. We said okay that was fine. That meant that our Christmas Eve was suddenly free. Bill had to work until noon, but then he was off. So after talking it over, we decided that we would start a new tradition for our family by taking the kids out to eat and leaving the waiter a nice tip (as if someone has to work on Christmas Eve at least we can make it worthwhile for them), and then we would drive around looking at Christmas light displays in our town. 

When Bill was working in restaurant management, Steak-n-Shake decided to stay open the…

The days leading up to Christmas-- Making cookies with Grandma

The days leading up to Christmas was full of fun and craziness.

On Wednesday, December 23, I picked my niece up and took her and my kids to my mom's house to make cookies with my sister and my mom. We have done this the last 2 years, but this year my niece, Lacie (age 11) is really getting into cooking so we included her. 

The kids had a blast-- Jacob and Benjamin helped make peanut butter cup cookies and sugar cookies with icing and sprinkles. Jacob spread the icing and Ben put the sprinkles on. 

Rebecca and Lacie helped my mom make snowman truffle cookies with oreos. They turned out so cute and were delicious.

The kids had a blast and they loved cooking with my mom.

Rebecca and Lacie were so proud of their snowman cookies and we learned that Benjamin LOVED sugar cookies. (The next day, he snuck and ate all the sugar cookies that we brought home!) It was a wonderful way to start our Christmas celebrations!