We had a lovely Thanksgiving with friends involving lots of delicious food, card games, video games, playing with their kittens, and general chatter. I missed it all with the camera but the memories remain!
On to Christmas decorations!
The kids ran this operation with very little assistance from me. They sorted all the branches into piles and proceeded to place them in the appropriate rows. I was the tree ‘fluffer’… which takes a long time!
Building the tree takes a close 2nd to the kids’ favorite part of the tree festivities- ornaments! We have ornaments from almost every place we’ve been or special occasion we’ve celebrated (weddings, births, pets, previous homes) and others with their own stories of their origin. The kids can now tell us a lot of the stories and have recall of many of the memories that go with the ornaments.
Toying with shutter speed and trying to get the kids to sit still so that the open shutter can take in the lights on the tree without creating blur from children’s movement is a trick. We managed it here but clearly were lacking in photo preparedness.
Another fantastic Casa Manana production! We went to see their rendition of Rudolph and were not disappointed. Both kids (and Mama) loved it and were captured for the whole show (no complaints about length of feature this time).
On a chilly December evening, we checked out Santa’s Village in Richardson. The lights were beautiful, the music festive, and the child-sized buildings with crafts, cookies, and characters were delightful!
Elijah decorates his ‘stop’ sign at Frosty’s house. His turned out to be entirely blue which he decided meant, ‘caution- water ahead’.
Sadie tells her Christmas wish to the princess fairy.
The kids take a sleigh ride pushed by an elf!
What’s Christmas without house decorating? With graham cracker houses being a complete calamity last year, we opted to step it up with a kit. Putting the house together is frustrating enough without the whole baking, measuring, and cutting bit. Maybe next year…
The house lasted one day and is now 1/2 a roof and a wall with candies strewn about. Gingerbread goes fast in this house!
So there’s a catch up on Christmas prep. Activities that the camera missed: Yard decorations (which blow down regularly and need to be replaced), several family car rides in the evenings to check out local Christmas lights/decorations (Texas makes up for lack of snow with tremendous light displays), winter house scenes (the kids helped with the big one AND made their own this year using poly-fill snow and a set of tiny houses and trees), and Christmas cookie making. Activities left out so as not to ruin Christmas surprises: many and varied gift-making endeavors with each grandparent and great-grandparent in mind. It’s not Christmas yet so there’ll be more prep and excitement to document!