These pictures are in no particular order, so bear with me as I document over here.
In December this girl did a lot of this:
Grace also got to go to an awesome Christmas concert:
And Elle worked her guts out in her sculpture class over in Hawaii. This is not hers, but it makes me think about how cool it is people can make shapes by knowing the human anatomy so well and sculpt and make clay look human.
And while that girl of ours was out hitting all the professional surfing championships between classes...
...we were greeting this fellow:
And hanging with these good people who took us on a date to see Jim Gaffigan when he came to town:
Meanwhile Max found some awesome Japanese curry over in Taiwan:
Claire ran her guts out in soccer practices and soccer games:
And Lucy worked her tail off studying the three branches of American government and making a game about it to go with her project.
She asked if we would test it out with her for FHE so we did.
And let me tell you, she came up with some pretty stinking good questions that stumped us all except for Dave:
Some mystery admirer dropped off a little gift for Grace....
And more of Elle's friends gathered to scatter all over the world on missions:
Max was meeting all kinds of new people in Taiwan...
Here's Elle's guy:
More happiness in Taiwan:
We got haircuts:
Dates with their dad to do their sports...
Lucy offers to give talks in Primary whenever she can. And she usually whips them up all by herself. This is what she whipped up for her talk on Reverence one Sunday in December.
HERE)...right before we headed out on the red-eye to BOSTON, which is coming!
Dave held down the fort with Lucy who had her piano recital while we were gone. She did a great job...here's the picture I got along with a great video of that girl just concentrating her heart out on that piano.
The leaves were all glorious in December. I couldn't stop taking pics. at every stop sign in our neighborhood.
Found this note by my bed when we got home from Boston:
Max got our Thankful Tree a little late, but got it!
I worked on the art of home-made crusty bread:HERE)
I took Lucy to the eye doctor. This is the only picture I got but I think it depicts quite well how I felt about that appointment.
Luckily this girl is quite a go-getter. I had to take a picture this day as I was dropping her off at the bus stop. She had closed the door, then opened it again and said, "Mom, remember to say a prayer for me and say good luck to me for my math test today."
We had the coolest youth activity at the church in December. This is unfortunately the only picture I got, the kids cleaning up, but I'm so glad I got it so it can spur my memory of that great night.
We sent out stacks and stacks of Christmas cards:
...and one of Elle's modes of transportation in Hawaii:
Parents vs. kids night for soccer left our friend limping and Dave with a separated shoulder.
Now that's some tough soccer!
Our friends took us out to dinner partly to celebrate Dave's birthday a little late:
All the Christmas-prep-festivities including Elle's arrival home, gingerbread-house-making, various church and family parties, etc. are in this post back HERE.
She went straight hiking with the cousins:
Sunday night emailing to Max...for once we got to email back and forth a little and the air was thick surrounding us on this couch with so much love for that boy of ours.
Who was happily biking around this place on the other side of the planet:
My parents arrived for all the Christmas festivities:
HERE and also HERE but I don't think I included our gathering with this great family back there:
I thought this was a cool idea my friend had out on her front porch. Pretty thoughtful for all those people working overtime at Christmas!
Book club lunch/going away party for my friend that I caught the very tail end of.
Here's Lucy ready to deliver her thought-out Christmas notes and gift cards for her teachers:
Elle got a chance to get together for a lunch reunion with the "1st grade girls" (which name we came up with for them way back when they were all in 1st grade). Love these girls so much!
Our Children for Children which turned out to be pretty awesome (read about that back HERE).
The view from our parking garage after the Nutcracker (back here)...
Elle and her friend who also lives in Hawaii with their little sisters who are friends:
Claire's antics to help our old elf out this Christmas season:
Our neighborhood went from this:
Then it was off to Christmas Eve festivities:
Then Christmas Day is back HERE.
Then it was off to Utah to pick out our new puppy:HERE)
We hung out with these guys:
HERE and HERE.)
Then it was back home to soak up the last of the vacation days. Lucy got to work on building all her Christmas legos:
A non-exciting family bike ride where we were all freezing and everyone was annoyed at each other:
But let's just end with this video that wraps up a lot of what we did in December since we had a lot of family time:
Yeah, that girl's a born card-shark :)
And that's December in a wrap (except for Boston that is still coming tomorrow!)
2016 all wrapped up and put away. Good times.