Sunday, December 16, 2012

December, Lots of Days

You guys didn't really expect me to stay on top of posting every day in December, did you?

Oh, thank goodness! I really, REALLY appreciate your low expectations. I value that in my friends.

Now, here we go:

Dec 6.1 Celebrate Sweet Maggie!! The best early Christmas present EVER!
6.2 Go Christmas shopping for our Angel Tree kid

Dec 7.1 Wrap presents for Maggie!

7.2 Make handprint wreaths to give to Nana & Papa and Mumsie & Papa Boss

Dec 8 Have a PARTY for SWEET MAGGIE!
(a boatload of pics for this. separate post coming soon to a theater near you!)

Dec 9 Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas

Dec 10 Do Christmas craft: Make fluffy snowmen!

Dec 11 Bake Christmas cookies together!

Dec 12.1 Go the Christmas Cookie Swap
Dec 12.2 Deliver Christmas cookies to all of our neighbors

Dec 13 Do a Christmas craft: Make Reindeer Ornament

Dec 14 Put on pajamas, build a fire, and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows!

Dec 15.1 Go Christmas shopping with Daddy! (for Mommy)
15.2 Make a list for Santa
15.3 Go see Santa Claus at the Library!

Henry: Deeply Skeptical.

Maggie: Completely Enthralled.

Henry: Warming up...

 Santa: So Jolly.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December 5

5.1 Read How The Grinch Stole Christmas & watch the movie!
5.2 Read Frosty the Snowman & do a snowman ornament craft.

I have gone totally overboard with the Christmas themed activities this year, so I have more than 25 activities/slips of paper to use up, so I just figured that one some days I'd stick two papers in the stocking.
 I tried to get a picture of Henry this morning when he was yelling "TWO, MOM, TWO PAPERS, DERE IS TWO GWEEN PAPERS IN DERE" but it was like trying to photograph a bouncing, shrinking, toddler-sized version of The Flash.

Instead, here's Maggie, tasting the stocking
 and then reading the slip of paper.
 She's a very bright child. If you ignore the "eating the stocking" part.

December 4

4. Do a Christmas craft: make a felt Christmas tree for the front door!
(Becuase, dude, wreaths are really expensive.)

December 3

3. Put up the small tree in Henry & Maggie's room. Put Christmas lights up in the playroom.


Not A Baby Anymore.

 Did you guys know that Maggie turns one tommorrow?

It's true. She does. She is, officially, Not A Baby Anymore.

Here's some (really cute) proof:

She drives.

She gives kisses.

 She chats on the phone:
"Ohhhhh, no I can't do 1:30. Sorry!"

 "Haha, yeah, I saw that episode! We loved it!"


See? Not a Baby. Big Girl.

But, then...

maybe still a little tiny bit baby?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 2

2. Decorate the Christmas tree (and the house!)

The Countdown Begins!

You guys, it's Christmas time.

Pandora is alternating between my 3 fav Christmas stations.
No one may touch the car radio; it is set to All Christmas All The Time.
David has pulled out all of his Christmas records. Did you know that records have a DISTINCTLY Christmasy sound? They absolutely do.
Firewood has been purchased. Fires have been made. (Ignore the high of 70 today. We're having a fire tonight, anyway.)
The first carton of eggnog has been drunk.
The advent wreath is up.

An obscene amount of Christmas books have been checked out from the library. Everything from classic nativity retellings, to Santasaurus, to 'Twas The Night Before Christmas.

The Jesse Tree is in full swing. (Thanks, Ann Voskamp!)

Advent has started. The countdown begins:

Day 1: Go pick out a Christmas Tree.