These are the stockings that it took 5 years to finish. Back when I had 2 kids Doug's sisters and I got together and made stockings. I made 4. They were/are beautiful. Our family has grown by a few more kids. Every year I was going to make new stockings for the whole family. This year I actually did it. We know have 7 stockings. Wahoo!
My parents came and spent Christmas with us. Andy & Ally and girls came and had Christmas Eve dinner with us. It's always fun when they come. Grandma & Grandpa played games, stayed up late and shopped together. It was great to have them here. We wish we could do it every year.
This year 2 missionaries from our ward came home on December 23rd. After 2 years their families were all together again for Christmas. I cried when missionaries left or came home starting when Mason was 2. I still do. We bought Mason & Jordan a suit for the funeral. They were walking in Costco right after when a little boy said "Look mom, the missionaries." This has been on my mind a lot. I love having all of my family together. On Tuesday we all went to the dentist. (except Doug...he wants his calming dentist visit) After we all had sparkly clean teeth we went to lunch together. I loved having all the kids together. With 2 teenagers in our home, they are going here and there. Family time is fleeting but still there. I love those times. I know there are only a couple of Christmases left before they start leaving. Scary! I love this stage of life. I love my family and I'm trying to enjoy every moment. I hope you do also!