Saturday, December 26, 2009
I'll probably post more about that on my other blog soon, but the kids made great gifts for each other this year - they were so proud and happy and there were lots of hugs!
(We open those on Christmas Eve so that the kids really appreciate each others' gifts and they're not compared to the bigger gifts they open on Christmas morning).
Thursday, December 24, 2009
"After all that sledding, you must be hungry - who wants french fries?"
They just opened an In-n-Out by our house - which is great because it's one of the few places that the middle boy can eat gluten-free.
Because it's a new one (I guess?) they had approximately 57 teenagers working there, who hooked the kids up with sticker pages and paper hats. Awesome.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
We delivered our neighbor gifts. Since the air is smoggy, I pulled the little asthmatic guy in the wagon with the bag of goodies and he was in charge of giving them to his big brother and sister in turn who rang the doorbells.
Crocheted dishcloths with dish soap - my kids were not impressed.
(HOW is this post number 21 for this year??? It went SO fast!)
We watched "Joy to the World" (get your own free copy here).
We watch it every year. It's probably my favorite church movie.
Pip also came to church with us. He thought that the choir program was much better than last year.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Today Grandma was in charge of Pip's adventure. We hid Pip in her tree. She and Grandpa and Aunt Kellie took the kiddos out to see "The Princess and the Frog" (while Aaron and I went to lunch and shopping).
The reviews of the movie (from my fam) were all good! Yay!
I've been saving this one for a day when we'd have enough time to do it right, and finally, today was the day. So Zach and I grabbed tissue paper, construction paper, markers, and some paper tubes I've been squirreling away, and we got to work. Soon the table was set for a party.
We played parlor games and told jokes. Zach's was, "What did one man say to the other man? Bah, humbug!" We're on a Christmas Carol kick.
There was a lot of toasting. The boy does love to clink glasses.
Zach wanted to make a crown for Mike, and said he could be the king. He spent the whole evening calling Mike "Your Majesty" and doing whatever he asked. Here Mike is ordering him to sit on the floor.
Our "crackers" didn't actually pop, but they were still fun to rip open. And then we could play with the loot!
We'll definitely be doing this one again. Happy Christmas to you!
Friday, December 18, 2009
This was actually kind of lame because 1 - they're elk, not reindeer - but I couldn't resist. 2 - I was trying to swing by on the way to drop the girl at a dance rehearsal but it was farther away than I thought so we ended up on the far side away from the big group of them and 3 - we just stayed in the car.
BUT, during the rehearsal the boys and I went to the store and finally found gluten-free graham crackers! And everyone loved them! So Thomas got his first 'real' s'more! That should have been the treat that day. I over thought it.
It was sticky and delicious.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
(Here's an unrelated photo of scripture time. Three candles lit for the third Sunday of advent.)
Once it started, Thomas was WAY upset that it wasn't the REAL Nutcracker - we've spoiled him by watching the Royal Ballet one on tape. But at least there was 'the battle' of sorts between the mice (jazz dancers) and the soldiers. That made him happy.
Even though it wasn't 'real', it was still fun and Christmas-y!
And the girl did brilliantly in both of her dances.
Bon Bons (jazz):
And the Waltz of the Flowers (ballet):
We're proud of her!