December 2013: Christmas and New Years

So here we are, at my attempt to catch up once and for all.  Oh, one can hope! We had a really, really nice Christmas/New Years.  Lots of time with just the five of us, plus lots of time with extended family, too!  We spend Christmas Eve together playing games and eating dinner, as well as making Rice Krispy Treat trains.  If you’ve been here long you know my opinions on Gingerbread Houses, and I thought this little train kit {Read More}

December 2013 Recap

December brought Christmas, of course, and so much more! We celebrated Grandpa Charlie’s birthday with Grandma and with two of his favorite sweet treats (Butter Pecan ice cream and chocolate-covered pretzels).  The girls woke up thinking it would be really special to celebrate him since we “remember him in Heaven”. The girls’ dance team had their first game – but not at CHCA.  Instead, at halftime of a UC Bearcats game! They also had their CHCA PK-Kindergarten Christmas Program, during {Read More}

November 2013 Recap

Continuing the half-hearted recap of the end of our 2013… In November, we had a lot of fun! We all went on the 5K Step Out walk with families from Kyle’s work, in honor of a staff member’s daughter with diabetes.  The girls walked the whole time!  And because apparently that didn’t wear them out enough, we also took them ice skating for the first time.  You guys, I love skating.  But skating with 5-year-olds is so much harder! 🙂 {Read More}

Christmas 2012

You know, at this point it feels a little futile to catch up in detail on a holiday that was months ago.  Christmas, I’m sure, was great.  We spent a few days in Ottawa just before, and had Christmas morning here with just Kyle, the kids and me as is always our goal.  Later on Christmas day we spent time with my side of the family.  It was a lot of fun, but if it’s ok, I’m just going to {Read More}

Rice Krispy Treat Houses 2012

For the first time, the girls got free reign on their Rice Krispy Treat houses.  They did a great job, and had a blast!  🙂

Christmas (Pictures) in Lebanon

In case you didn’t ever see these elsewhere, the Christmas photos I took in historic downtown Lebanon.  My kids are cute. (See them all here, if it’s easier)

Decking the Halls

Elise and Avery (and Adventure Bear, of course!) really enjoyed helping with the Christmas decorations this year.  With the house on the market we only did one tree and a few other things here and there, so we had plenty of time! The girls really were helpful, and I barely had to rearrange any ornaments 🙂 My sweet girl missing her puppy for a moment. 🙁 Nolan was far less helpful… … but no less cute!

Festival of Lights

Classroom Helper and Holiday Parties

Every other Wednesday, I have the pleasure of going to the girls’ classroom for an hour or so as the classroom helper.  Most weeks I man one of the centers for their learning rotations, or occasionally I help with a paint project or something instead.  Almost every week, I get to go to chapel with the class, too! Some of my favorite days in the classroom, though, have been the two holiday parties thus far!  I’m the class photographer, which {Read More}

Christmas Eve

A Charlie Brown Christmas… Chocolate Peppermint Pancakes… Board Games followed by a 2.5-hour nap… Traditional Lasagna and birthday cake for Jesus (+ “Ice Cream that doesn’t melt” (astronaut ice cream) – which the girls jokingly asked for, never imaging such a thing exists)… Christmas bedtime stories… and now Christmas Vacation with the world’s best husband (who had such a title before surprising me with a home studio lighting kit). Just what the doctor ordered.  Today was a good day.