Friday, December 11, 2015

Advent Activities

December Fun

I hope you have been enjoying all this month has to offer.  We've been working through our Advent Calendar we have a good mixture of baking, movies and crafts and so far everyone seems to be enjoying our time together. 
We're about pictured out this December.  Last month we did family pictures with cousins, then we did our yearly Christmas card pictures, and finally went to get pictures made with Santa.  Lots of fun, but tiresome for little people.  Expect for the price tags in the background I really like this year's picture with Santa.

 When L-bug was little we used to hang the stockings on the Christmas tree, but once the other two girls came along it just didn't seem like such a good idea anymore.  Last year L-bug had the idea to hang them up on the guitar hooks.  Everyone chose their favorite instrument and we hung them up above the TV. I love the way it looks now.
 Last weekend the weather was so nice we took a trip to the park.  Everyone had so much fun getting out and enjoying themselves.  This week the weather should be even nicer so a return visit might be necessary. 

 L-bug decided in November that she wanted to buy an American Girl doll.  Just after she decided this they did a promotion, that for every doll sold they would donate a doll to a girl in need.  At that point she knew she just had to buy a doll.  Her dad told her he'd match her dollar for dollar.  She made rainbow loom bracelets and little yarn hat ornaments to sell at work, the library, PE and gymnastics and she managed to earn her half of the money.  Her doll arrived today, she chose Kaya.  This picture is actually her posing in her new hat, scarf and gloves with the little hat ornaments she was making at the time.  She thinks she might keep selling out of her box and use any more money she earns to put together cancer care packages for the local hospital.  I still need to look into this and see if the hospital is interested or not. 
 Here are a few random pictures of the girls decorating the tree.  Each year we get a special ornament.  This year each girl got a princess in her favorite color.  Every year as we unpack the ornaments they ask where we got all the ornaments, or as L-bug gets older she takes over telling some of the stories. 

 Ro-bear had the bright idea that she wanted roasted marshmellows one day, but was too lazy to hold up her roasting stick.  So L-bug had to copy her proper upper device.

 I was working on a fleece tie blanket when Boo and L-bug decided to play Nintendo on it.  They were very careful not to wrinkle. 

 November Highlights

L-bug decided to join the Lego club at the local library.  Her dad didn't get off work in time to keep the small fries so they came along.  Luckily there were some bigger blocks for them and their friends to play with as well. 

With L-bug's Little Passports box we decided to do an embroidery for each country we 'visit' so far she has done Japan shown here, an outline of the islands with Japan written at the bottom. Some reason I don't have a picture of it completed.  And she chose a fleur du lis for France with, of course, France written at the bottom. 
 Finally, L-bug has gotten a new round loom to knit hats on.  She managed to make two little red hats for my friend's baby shower for her twins due in January.  I wasn't positive L-bug would get them both finished in time, but she did manage and they turned out very cute. 

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and I hope to see you here again after Christmas as we bring in the new year.  Share pictures of your tree below, I love to see how others decorate for the holiday!

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