Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
After Benjamin’s birthday and piano playing we took a few days of just living with no big plans, well, I attended the annual Ladies’ Christmas Tea hosted by my Pastor’s Wife.
On Thursday we had a precious time with The Brussels Sprouts. I am so thankful for blogging friends that have become real life friends, y’all are real people out there!
When we make gingerbread creations every year it often gets challenging to decide upon the next building challenge. And I use the word challenge lightly as we do not make professional or even beginner creations, we are somewhere about doggie paddling level, but we have fun and it is a tradition.
This year I came up with the idea of gingerbread nativity scenes.
First the Mommies built the stables, it was a peaceful, relaxing activity after we shooed all the Blessings away to play.
While the stables set we fed the masses lunch and then we set them loose to decorate the stables and the cut out gingerbread pieces that were brought to add.
Mommies working and to keep it real I even added a somewhat blurry picture with my eyes closed.
A young Brussels Sprout lad enjoying cleaning his fingers! This little guy and my Benjamin are about a week apart and play so well together, such a blessing.
If you want to see some better picture of our gingerbread nativity creations you can look here.
The same evening we let the kids open their presents from Poppa and Nana. Benjamin loved ripping into that bag, he got new monkey pajamas!
Judith got a couple of things that were her favorite color.
Dad was moose hunting, no moose, while the Blessings and I prepared the house and some food for Christmas Eve dinner with friends.
Benjamin and I peeling sweet potatoes.
He loves to help, if only we could harness that energy, I might accomplish more each day.
When December 25th falls on Sunday we just get up on Christmas Eve and treat that morning as present opening time.
Benjamin was our resident present opening helper. He likes to help.
Levi got a surprise that Daddy brought back from the lower 48.
Elisabeth opening gifts.
Judith helping Benjamin.
I found Benjamin a LEGO headlamp, which is super cute.
We had a visit from this sweet baby girl, she is so precious.
I missed not having the big Thanksgiving shindig we normally have so we went a little bigger on Christmas Eve and had a few people over.
Here we are today, Christmas Day is almost over. The pictures are now uploaded, we spent the morning at church as a family and lunch at a friend’s house and home to crash and then play a new game. Benjamin is now in bed and as soon as he is asleep I plan on finding my pjs and off to bed I will go.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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We were very thankful that Dad made it home and that Papaw is home and healing.
Benjamin and Dad enjoying some time together the evening Dad arrived home.
The next week was Benjamin’s 3rd birthday, I can’t believe this little guy is three years old already.
His birthday table
And his birthday banner
Since Benjamin loves balloons we loaded his door up for a surprise when he woke up from his nap.
Here he comes.
Happy but a little bed headed still.
Checking things out, he has been ready for this birthday since the summer. His regular question has been, “It my birthday next?”
Opening presents, each of the older Blessing made Benjamin some sort of homemade activity to keep him busy during school time. Levi made a clothes line with felt clothes, Judith made a pipe cleaner color sorting thing and Elisabeth made him a felt snowman mat.
Daddy getting ready to pray before dinner.
Dinner is over and it is time for cake and ice cream.
I think he likes it.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I know everyone has been waiting for the picture of my sliding on the ice slide at the ice park. Ok, I actually know that you are not waiting but since you are here then you get to see my crazy self going down the slide. See Levi at the top of the slide, he pushed hard!
Sorry about the not so great picture, we are enduring the darkest part of the year and the temperatures are mild, which means we have cloud cover, which means we do not have much sunlight right now, which means I am a little sunlight deprived, which explains this crazy sentence structure.
As you can see, I am not a stick in the mud Mom. I am a wild and crazy, spontaneous, fun-loving Mom. See, this pictures proves it! What I like most about this picture, my mouth is wide open (I must be squealing) and my friend’s hair is flying in the breeze. I think
homeschool lack of sunlight makes you a bit wonky. Must be why the ice park people build slides at the ice park. They actually build the slides so the parents will pay to get into the ice park to expend some of that energy that the children somehow still have even with the lack of sunlight.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The creative ice sculpting people were still working on most of the displays, this will be a big welcomeish sign and a big photo opportunity.
Waiting on the rest of the group to catch up.
Judith and one of the Brussels Sprouts Blessings
Friends spinning friends.
Benjamin is climbing the stairs to one of the smaller slides. He liked the smaller slides.
Ready, Set, Go.
The maze, he didn’t enjoy the maze.
Benjamin and another Brussels Sprout sitting in spinning bowl.
And here is another Brussels Sprouts, do you think my Blessings and hers like each other? They do!
Here is Levi, he was practicing for the luge or something because he was laying down.
What? No pictures of Mom sliding? Well, I did go down the slides, twice! But I can’t take a picture of myself now, can I?
Where is the ice? I fell flat on my bottom while there and I can feel it now, that's okay I still mend.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Levi played the offertory special, he played "It is Well". I do not video or take pictures anymore when the kids play at church. But when they play at the nursing facility on Friday I will video and take pictures galore!
Christmas shopping, I don't enjoy shopping so I did my first shopping tonight online, the rest I will plan on picking up here locally next week. I don't really even enjoy shopping online but I prefer online to in store most of the time. Thankfully, we aren't the buy the big "whatever is the have to have item" shoppers. My kids ask for things like walkie talkies, craft supplies, baking supplies, new hats, ammunition, sports equipment and Carhartt pants and Benjamin just likes it all, but hey, he's two. But next week he will be three!
The roads are not as horrible as they could have been, the blizzard that was forecasted did not come to fruition but boy did we have some powerful winds. I think the wind was recorded at 50 something mph at the airport, crazy weather I tell ya! But we have settled back down to below freezing temperatures and I can honestly say that I hope they stay there until breakup in the spring.
Tomorrow morning, I hope to hit the ground running by giving the house a really quick run through of picking up and quick cleaning. Tomorrow should be a really good day.