Watching the Grinch with my little elf.
The tree didn’t get decorated until Christmas Eve, but that’s normal.
Coooooookieeeessss om nom nom
Everything wrapped and ready to go.
Her face when we told her we had to eat breakfast before opening presents.
The big kids get LEGOs, too. 😉
Santa’s gift to our family. He’s good to us.
Someone got what she wanted! LEGO Elves.
Ready to get this party started!
Tim knows me so well.
Even Mom got in on the LEGO action.
Bunchems! She’s hooked (pun intended).
Breakfast of champions, with my new Pantone mug. Thanks, Automattic!
Father-daughter bonding over elves and dragons.
Fight the Future throw from Nana and Toom.
Wrapping up a successful Christmas; Santa was good to us this year. He seems to know how much we enjoy LEGOs, but he also came through with new card/dice games and expansions for old favorites, and sleds for outdoor fun.
We’re having quite the Classic New England Winter (TM) so far; lots of snow, regular pristine, white coatings of the stuff, which means a fair amount of plowing and shoveling and sending the kids outside dressed like waddling, hot-pink-and-purple marshmallows. In an effort to ward off the winter blahs, I’ve strung lights up to the point where our living room can probably be seen from space.
I scheduled an extra-long winter vacation, without realizing it would be almost as long as my summer break was. Not that I’m complaining, but I’m at a bit of a loss since I didn’t have any plans save for 1) surviving the holidays and 2) catching up on a backlog of fanfic reading. With the first one out of the way, I intend to start on the second, with a bit of writing of my own thrown in for good measure.
Last night, Gwen decided to write out her Christmas wish list for Santa, and the above was the result. She did this mostly without help, which is impressive, given she’s still in the early stages of learning how to read and write.
Kindergarden has been a struggle for her. She’s the youngest in her class, and she started off the year with some separation anxiety. She also became easily frustrated by more challenging tasks. Things seem to be improving, though, because yesterday, she told us she was “thankful for school, because it teaches us new things.”
That she voluntarily wrote something on her own is a milestone, and I’m sure the motivation of OMG PRESENTS helped.
In case you were wondering what the above actually means:
- Poppette Shoppie
- LEGOs (“Wagoz” KILLS ME because this is exactly how she pronounces her L’s)
- Rudolph toy
- Coco Cookie Shoppie
- Zoo toy
And at the bottom, she wanted to clarify that this is her “birthday party” (“boyfda prde” I’M DYING FROM CUTE PLEASE SAVE ME) wish list, even though we tried to tell her that it was for Santa, and that her birthday is many months away. She would not be deterred.
I’m going to cherish this piece of paper forever.
I went a little nuts making ornaments this year. I blame Pinterest, taunting me with all its “easy” tutorials and perfectly composed photographs.
We have boxes full of ornaments for the tree, so it’s not like we need more shiny, dangly things, but I just couldn’t resist. I bought far too many crafting supplies, got hooked on scrapbook paper (so. much. cute), and only burned myself with the glue gun once.
The results speak for themselves:
Bottle cap snowmen
Rainbow button tree
More button figures
Bottle cap dangly thingees
This year’s binge also gave me ideas for gifts for next year, and gave Ellie and I something fun and creative to do together; definitely worth the money and time spent.
What a perfect day. Quiet time with family, the excitement of opening gifts, fun playing with new toys, yummy cookies and food — we really couldn’t ask for more.
The shocked Christmas banana is a thing in this family
There’s a cookie under the sprinkles, somewhere…
Cookies and Canadian beer for Santa
Quiet Christmas morning
We were up before the kids!
Breakfast with Uncle J
Playing with her new Doc Mobile
Elsa goes for a ride with the Doc
Playing with her sister’s LEGOs
Tim’s new toy
Time to engineer with Goldie
Hovercraft as evening entertainment