Christmas – in Pictures

Well, the tree came down today.  With WeeMan’s birthday party being on Saturday and our house being a little too small for a whole crew of pirates, something had to give.  It always makes me sad to take the tree down and store it away until the next year.  But I’ll be leaving some of the sparkle around and of course the Nativity will remain in place for a while longer. 

We had a wonderful Christmas.  It was quieter than Christmas’s past, which was nice and I feel like maybe we focused more on the meaning and less on the getting.  Many of the gifts we gave were things that were needed and a few were purchased second hand.  In fact the favorite gift of two of the littles was bought off our local craigslist type site.  I’m just glad the lady had two! Otherwise there’d have been some tears.

So here’s our Christmas in pictures – of course WeeMan is the star of many of them.

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We visited with Santa at story time at the library.  WeeMan had no fear and even volunteered to go to the front during the story and sing.  Such a brave little man!

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WeeMan all dressed up for his Christmas program at school.  He did such a fantastic job.  He sang to all the songs and did most of the motions.  Not bad for his first real program!

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Playing the Wii on the first day of Christmas break

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WeeMan and his cousin at Grammy’s for Christmas on the 23rd

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WeeMan enjoyed baking and decorating Christmas cookies – the sprinkles were his favorite part!

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WeeMan and his other cousin made a gingerbread house on Christmas Eve.  I think they ate more candy then they put on.

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According to the 4 year olds – the best present ever – ginormous dinosaurs!

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Conked out on Christmas day!

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Our day after Christmas surprise – Snow! We built a snow pirate.

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Snow!! Remember when snow could bring that much joy to your face? I’m going to spend the rest of break trying to recapture some of that joy,

December Weekends

Today was a busy weekend for us.  WeeMan visited with Santa at the library.  Last year he wasn’t too sure about the jolly fellow, but this year – he had no fear – well except for informing me he wasn’t going to talk to any elves because he said elves are weird.  Not sure if that’s due to our elf on the shelf Francis – or just a new WeeManism.  He was so excited to see Santa, he even took the time to rat out some of his friends for singing the Batman Smells version of Jingle Bells and for calling each other names.  Yep – guess who will be working on not tattling this year!!  

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Today was busy too.  We had a birthday party for my nephew, church, and a cookie exchange.  Now I’m vegetating and watching “ELF” with the family, instead of lesson planning.  Fog rolled in about two hours ago and I’ll confess I’m hoping it sticks around until morning.  

For the cookie exchange I made two new Pinterest recipes and I was thrilled with both.  The exchange was at my house so I made this hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy.  

http://crockpotladies.com/recipe-categories/beverages/crockpot-thick-creamy-hot-chocolate/

Holy cow it was the most delicious Hot Cocoa in the world!! I’m pretty sure I gained 5 pounds from one glass but it was totally worth it. 

As for my cookies I made White Chocolate topped Gingerbread Cookies and they were a winner too.  Here’s the link to them.  

http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/2010/12/07/white-chocolate-topped-gingerbread-cookies/

I highly recommend them too!

Quarantine Day 2 and a Thrifty Christmas Wreath

On day 2 of our quarantine I was able to get quite a few projects done.  WeeMan helped me make blueberry muffins.  He loves to help cook (which is why he’s getting his own kitchen for Christmas – daddy and I just have to make it out of the microwave cart I bought at a garage sale)

Then during nap time I vegetated with HGTV and put together a wreath for the front door.  The best part is it was only $3.  I had almost everything on hand.

The only thing purchased for the project was a $3 L ornament I found on black Friday.  I simply wrapped a square grape vine wreath I had already with artificial pine swag – also on hand- and then added my L and a bow.  Not bad for $3!