December 2017 – Recap

This was our first Christmas in South Dakota… and our first real snowfall that we’ve seen in a while.  The worst part though wasn’t the snow at all… it’s the temperature!  We had one week, near the end of the month where the temperature didn’t get above 10 degrees for nearly 4 days, and I didn’t even count how long it went without getting above freezing!  It’s just cold… and windy!  But we have blankets, and we get snuggled up and hang out watching our TV shows or playing board games.  I love when we are all together.  I don’t love having to get out in this cold weather and get Chyna from work! 🙂

Ron

Ron is still working on his online class and participating in Jujitsu.  He and I were able to attend a Holiday party for one of his squadrons, and the theme was Blue-Collar.  We also attended the tree lighting at the chapel, which was cold, but not too bad.  And he wanted to make hot chocolate gifts to take to his coworkers for Christmas.  He was off work for a few days around Christmas and New Years, and we loved having him home more. Ron is also doing a Runner’s World challenge to run at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Years.  He usually has a place he can run inside, but it was closed on Christmas day, so he had to get all covered up and go for his run anyway     

Amanda

I didn’t do much this month that was different, except I started my first official bullet journal.  I also went to a new beauty shop to get my hair colored.  I don’t have good before and after pictures of my hair, but this is the best I have.

Before
After

Chyna

Chyna turned 19 in December!!!  She is still working at Starbucks in Target and she’s nearly halfway done with her Vet Assistant certification.  We took her to Fuji’s Japanese Steakhouse and had a great time.  She was also in charge of our sausage balls for Christmas.

Price

This month Price had his very first youth group meeting.  The chapel is starting a new youth group, and they met at our house for a planning meeting.  He’s looking forward to doing lots of things with them while we are here.  He’s also become our snow shoveler.  He likes doing it, so he goes outside when there is any snow on the driveway and shovels it.  He also got his gymnastic award for Levels 1 and 2!  He’s doing a great job!

Wesley

Wesley collects Funko Pops, and he got to add a lot more to his collection this year.  Wesley got his Level 1 gymnastic award and it ready for level 2.  He also had a great time at the local library here meeting some Star Wars characters.  Wesley also finished cub scouts and will be officially moving up to Boy Scouts beginning in January… he and Price love the new troop they will be joining.

We had a great December, and even though it is getting VERY cold outside… we are still loving our new house and our new assignment.  We can’t wait to see what January and all of 2018 have in store for us.

 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
My mother’s Orange Delight Salad for Christmas Day Dessert
My great grandmother’s turkey dressing and giblet gravy… I make this every year for either Thanksgiving for Christmas. This year I made it for both holidays. I’m getting good at it!
We all dressed up in Star Wars gear to go see the new movie, The Last Jedi.
We watched Jumanji the day after Christmas. It was SOLD OUT! And awesome!

 

Christmas Eve Pizza making
Jango took over Chyna’s onesie that Santa brought her.
Everyone got a new onesie for Christmas!

  

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