New Year’s in Gatlinburg

After Christmas, we headed to Gatlinburg to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with the Mauters.  The weather was cloudy and cold, but we did see a little blue sky.


I finally remembered to pick up some National Park passports so that we can begin tracking our National Parks.  Too bad I forgot to get them while at the Grand Canyon a few months ago…


Overall, we had a great time, and even got to celebrate a 1st birthday!  Happy Birthday Wesley!



And of course, with all the traffic/car issues we had while there, it wouldn’t be complete without a flat tire on the way home.  Nice.


Christmas 2013

The girls didn’t ask for much this Christmas, so Ellie was showered with Rapunzel and princess gear.



Samantha got a Rainbow Loom, and some headgear.  Both girls got luggage, which they love dragging through the house and packing up.



Brian got a hot dog fork and some clothes.


And I got a new bike (as seen behind Samantha above) and some new kitchen supplies.  Overall, we had a great morning!

Christmas Eve

We stayed at home on Christmas Eve and started our day making sugar cookies.  Samantha has been begging me to make some, so I thought we’d spend our day off making treats for our neighbors and for Santa!

Brian does a good job rolling out dough.  I always make it too dry.


And I helped with the decorations.


Then we took our Reindeer Food outside to sprinkle in the yard.  The girls LOVE doing this every year.  Luckily, they both came home with a pack from school.




Now, we’re ready for Santa!