Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's Beginning To Feel Like Christmas

December--Week 3

Sunday, December 11
After church I hunkered down to finish the Christmas card.  M helped with some photography. :)

Monday, December 12
This year we've been reading through Bartholomew's Passage for Advent.  Just like Jotham's Journey, each day leaves us wanting to read ahead.  (We made our own candles.)

We've also been learning and talking about what's happening in Allepo.

(Later in the afternoon--after M's eleven-year-old well-visit we were minorly rear-ended while running errands.)

Tuesday, December 13
M caught some cute pictures of Finn and Mabel not running. 

While J was out at another work dinner, we decided to have dinner at the mall so that we could buy some gifts for Angel Tree.  It wasn't quite as easy as we had thought to get it all done in one place so we spent A LOT of time on the escalators looking for just the right gifts.

Wednesday, December 14
The Christmas mice from Saint Nicholas Day have taken over the doll house.

They found J's Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books from when he was little and they have been obsessed.

The full moon.

Thursday, December 15
December morning.

Finn's early morning napping place. :)

We painted Christmas cards.

A week before, we put apples in different combinations of salt, Epsom salt and baking soda to see which combo would best preserve them.  We weighed them before and after and discovered that the salt/Epsom salt mixture worked the best.

A sweet friend left an early Christmas and birthday present.

Inspired by a facebook post, we left some treats for all of the package delivery people who frequent our house during this season.  The kids were particularly excited about trying this delicacy.

Friday, December 16
We turned in their coloring contest pictures. (M, T and B.)

A pre-snow sunset.

Saturday, December 17
To their great excitement we woke up to snow.

While they went sled-riding (twice) with J, I worked on some photo projects.

No joke, shoveling is their favorite.  (I hope this continues to be true forever.)

They hope that the snow stays so that it will be a white Christmas.  Whoo-hoo--next up--Christmas week!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

It Feels Like December

December--Week 2

Sunday, December 4
We got to spend the whole day with our friends' youngest.  Such a fun day with a two-year-old. :)

Also, almost every day, at some point each one of us ends up with Finn on the floor.

Our current view out the window includes this zip line/gondola from T's window to the railing of the deck.  He uses it to pull stuffed animals up and down.  

Just before bed the layer of dust on the bathroom blinds finally bothered me enough to do something about it.  They look amazing now. (Only like 50 more to go to clean the whole house. ;)

Monday, December 5
It snowed in the morning--covering T's zip line.  (And also his two pairs of shoes that he left on the deck.)

J tried a new use for the leaf blower. ;)

Later most of the snow melted away.  This is all that was left of the snowmen they had made in the morning.

While I caught up on November blogging, Finn slept.  (We already can't believe how much he's grown.  I'm sure in a month we'll look back at these pictures and we'll think he looks so small.)

We finally got all of the Christmas boxes put away.

Tuesday, December 6
Happy Saint Nicholas Day!  They found a few small things in their shoes.

Ha--I could only find a flip flop for T--maybe because he had left these two pairs out again overnight.

M's Saint Nicholas Day mouse.

Wednesday, December 7
We made the mints that I associate with almost every wedding I ever attended as a child.  (All mint pics by M.)

We also made cookies for the Library Bake Sale.

Thursday, December 8
Beza has been learning about the moon.  

At night, while J was out for work and Beza was in bed early because of a cold, M, T and I hung up the Christmas lights.

Friday, December 9
We spent the morning learning more about the Nutcracker and it led us down a rabbit trail to making our own glass harmonica.  (Finn is on the wrong side of that gate.)

Then we got to attend a one-hour performance of the Nutcracker.

(T made a cardboard system for recording the show.)

We got Christmas donuts as a treat afterwards.

Saturday, December 10
The Saturday view as captured by M.

T spent the day playing in his cardboard jet,

While I worked on the Christmas card (and the girls played).

The day ended with a lot of pet snuggles.

December is rolling right along!