Saturday, December 17, 2011

Whisper What You'll Bring to Me...

Oh, how I wish Anna could tell us what she really wants for Christmas!  We are stumped as to what to get her!  Any suggestions??
Anna must be excited about Santa is bringing her =)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Covering All Our Bases

The kids and I had a fun evening taking care of some very important business.

First, we finished our letters to Santa.

 Then we went to the post office and mailed our letters in the special, Direct to the North Pole, mailbox.

Finally, after a fun dinner out (no cooking for Mama - that was the fun part for me!), we went to the mall to do a little Christmas shopping... and to see Santa, of course!

Anna is telling us to "smile"

Other than just being good for goodness sake - I think we have covered all our Santa bases.  See you on Christmas Eve, Big Guy!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Special Delivery

Dear Grandma -
If I could fit in the box, I would be on my way to you.  But, apparently you did not send enough fudge because the box is not big enough. =)

BTW - Thanks for the fudge! It is yummy!!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Concerts - Fa la la la la, la la la la!

One of the great joys of having children is watching them perform in their school and church concerts.  Last week Charlie had his Winter Concert at school. And over the weekend, Charlie and Paige participated in the Christmas Cantata at church.  Oh, the joyous sound of children's singing voices!

Winter Concert
Charlie is in the second row, red sweater vest.  Sorry about the bit that is out of focus.

Christmas Cantata
Charlie is in same red sweater vest, and Paige is in black sweater and red skirt.  Again - video is far from professional.  During one performance I had Anna on my lap, and I was late coming into the other one because I was tending to Anna in the nursery.  I am guessing she was jealous that she was not the star of the show (or at least allowed up on the stage with a microphone- ha!)

Paige has her Kindergarten Christmas Concert next week. I can't wait!  She has been practicing, and I can only hope for a preview as good as this one!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sweet Fun!

Over the weekend, the kids made gingerbread houses with Jonathan.  They all had a great time!  They all made a great mess!  And they all made some great memories! =)

I am glad that Jonathan is willing to participate in such craftiness with the kids, because I am pretty sure they would never get the experience otherwise.  I love to cook and bake, but I also don't like a huge mess. (Even though I ended up cleaning up most of it anyway so I could have a clean sink and counter to make dinner- ha!)

I was pretty impressed, though. I would have bought one of those kits, but Jonathan insisted upon actually baking their own gingerbread and cutting out the shapes.  So, Charlie and I went to the store to stock up on candy decorations while Paige and Jonathan mixed, cut and baked the housing pieces. (Anna was napping like an angel -- or there definitely would have been a mess!!)

This just may have become a new tradition for Daddy and kids! =)

Monday, December 5, 2011

DSGNWNJ Christmas Party - Our Fun Annual Tradition

On Saturday, we had our Christmas party for the DSGNWNJ.  This is quickly becoming one of our favorite annual traditions =)

We look forward to this event each year...especially the kids.  I am sure it has nothing to do with a visit from the Big Man bearing gifts. =)

We got all dressed up and posed for a few pictures. (Well, we tried, anyway.)

We danced.
Stupid glasses glare

We visited with friends, and made some new ones.
Anna loves making friends

And we had a little chat with Santa. =)
Apparently Santa told them they have been good...I question his judgement! =)

Can't wait for next year's party!