Happy 24th Birthday! Krystal's birthday was on Christmas. And she's 24! (Yes, she was a Christmas baby!) This year she was excited about her birthday which made it way more fun than last year. (Last year Krystal insisted that she wasn't having a birthday and it took us a lot of convincing to even get her to let us make her a cake) But this year she was happy to celebrate. She asked for Carrot Cake...so we made her one. It wasn't beautiful....but it sure was AMAZING. Best Carrot Cake ever! (except for Jeri's) She also asked for a bike. Yes....Silly, but she really wanted one. She was sad that she didn't get it Christmas morning. And she was really excited with her other birthday gifts. BUT then......She got the bike. Crazy girl!! It was too dark and cold for her to ride it on her birthday...but as soon as she could the next day....she was riding. Happy Birthday Krystal!! We love you.
Okay....So, Krystal and I went to a couple of craft fairs the past few weekends. They were small little fairs set up in various buildings around town. But they were full of really cute ideas. And this is one of the many that we came upon. It's perfect for houses that don't have a mantel to hang their stockings on. The original was a lot bigger and bright red and black. Krystal made this one for us....it looks rustic. We went with a cranberry red and cream. Anyways...We're so excited because we don't have a fireplace. We only have a wood burning stove. And you can't very well hang stockings on a stove. SO....This is our new Christmas decor. We love it!!!!
This weekend we bought and decorated our christmas tree. We found a beautiful tree. And it smells wonderful. We started a new tradition, back when it was the first christmas with just us girls....which was to have a themed Christmas Tree. This year our theme is "snow". We are so pleased with our tree this year. It's beautiful.
Thanksgiving was really nice this year. We drove back to California and spent a few days there with family. We all really enjoyed ourselves. It was a full, busy, and crazy house. There was a total of 37 of us crazy Sipes'. And the kids far out numbered the adults. There were 21 cousins....and 14 of those were under the age of 5. LOUD doesn't even begin to cover it. We're so greatful we had the opportunity to spend the holiday with family. Here are some pictures.
Nay, Joy, Ninna, Mason, and Shelly
Innocent....I think not! Hunter, Thomas, and Riley.
Thomas, Tanner, and Hunter.
Krystal and Mason.
Long day.....Josh and Thomas.
Hannah....protecting the turkey.
With all those kids....naps were a must. Lily and Molly.