This December was a little crazy for us, but we were also able to enjoy some rest and relaxation! Derick’s break from school for half the month was filled with parties and spending time together as a family! We enjoyed Christmas parades, an ugly sweater party, a getaway to Branson, MO as a couple, multiple Christmas celebrations, including a trip to Oklahoma to visit family, and lots of other fun memories! Hope you enjoy the pictures and videos!
Playing candy land in Israel’s fort Israel and Sam with one of our Iraqi friend’s kids at an international event Israel’s first visit to the dentist! He’s all smiles! Studyin’ for finals Israel and Jill with some rocks Israel collected from Grandma and Grandpa’s driveway! 😉 Derick taking a break to read to Sam Sam showing off in the kitchen The boys enjoying their new “push box” (Instagram inspired by: @busytoddler) Date time…favorite time of the week! <3 Sam snuggles Visiting cousin Amy’s new shop Derick showing Israel a few things about playing trumpet Israel showing sam some new tricks Israel trying to teach Sam how to play lol Sam’s morning face Sam trying to buckle his highchair straps. The Seewalds at an ugly sweater party! Jill and Sam (Israel was with Mima and BawPaw and Derick was studying for finals) Joy and Austin Joseph and Kendra Jed, Jason and Jer Grandma Mary Duggar and Aunt Deanna John and Abbie Grandma/Great-Grandma, Josh and Anna and kiddos Josiah and Lauren Abbie & John, Lauren & Josiah Hanging out at a chili supper before the Rogers, AR Christmas parade Israel getting candy with Mima at the Rogers, AR parade Enjoying the parade Sam watching the parade James helping set up our Christmas tree Playing Catan with James after setting up the tree The tree all set up and decorated Israel at the Christmas Eve candlelight service at Mima’s church Candlelight service at Mima’s church Watching old videos of Derick (& Dan) on a local Christmas TV program The boys ready for Christmas Israel excited to open presents on Christmas morning Derick playing with the boys Sam enjoying his blocks Deena, Dan and Jax Mima, reading the Christmas story to everyone before opening presents Mima and Jax Sam and Israel enjoying lunch Our little family Christmas pic with Mima and BawPaw Derick helping the boys open gifts Mima and Jax Sam-in-a-box The boys in front of Mima’s fireplace Israel helping Mima make Christmas cookies Mima making Christmas cookies with Israel Israel and Mima playing a game Sam playing play doh The brothers Israel and Sam Mima and BawPaw playing a game with Israel Israel enjoying some Christmas cookies Road trip to Oklahoma for Christmas with extended family The boys checking out an Amish buggy at a restaurant Sam is excited! Look what Derick found! 😉 Sam with Uncle Jim Israel with cousins Tara and Paige and the ornaments he helped make Israel passing out presents with Aunt Joni Derick and Israel doing a new puzzle Sam playing with Uncle Mike Israel learning about checkers from Uncle Mike Sam playing with Mimi Uncle Mike and Aunt Joni with their Dillard great nephews Derick and his grandma Most of the Dillard men Our family with Mimi (g’ma & great g’ma) Christmas with the Dillards Cute little package Sack race anyone? Derick hauling the load out New Year’s Eve The boy’s first visit to the dentist! Family time at the Christmas parade in Derick’s hometown! One of the kid’s favorite snacks! Putting up the Christmas tree…finally! lol Mima tells the Christmas story before opening gifts We went through advent cards (from @crewandco on Instagram!) every evening from Dec. 1st-24th and read their corresponding story in the “Children’s Storybook Bible.” This is a video of Derick reading the last story to Israel and Sam on Christmas Eve. Dillard tradition when Derick and Dan were growing up…(and our first time!), read the book, ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and write a note in the family book!
Derick played trumpet as a kid and was in band in high school and marching band in college, so Israel had heard and seen a lot about trumpet, but this was his first time getting to try Papa’s trumpet! He was very excited! (Fun fact: Derick’s dad and paternal grandma also played trumpet!…no pressure boys! 😉 )
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