Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Goodies

The 9th day of Christmas.  Making, delivering, and enjoying some Christmas treats this year.  So much fun to do it together!  With a candy thermometer, I think I finally mastered toffee.  Okay, mastered is a bit strong.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas To All And To All A Good Night

There is nothing like restful sleep after the food is made, the gifts have been wrapped and unwrapped, and all the plans have been executed.  We enjoyed a beautiful day together yesterday.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Craft #2

This craft was very simple and the kids were much more interested.  I planned to string up popcorn and cranberries.  The kids ended up just stringing up the cranberries.  They were much easier to do and Jakob didn't like the sound of the popcorn when you put it on the string.  He also informed me that he doesn't like the feel of cotton balls and q-tips, who knew?
A large, sharp pointed, needle, a bag of cranberries, plain popped popcorn, and a heavy duty thread.
 They all just decided to eat the popcorn instead of string it up!  Obviously, the perfect snack to go with this craft, again, who knew?

A nice little addition to our holiday mantle.  I started my garland, which has the addition of the popcorn.  I still need to finish mine and add to the collection.  I just need to go pop some more popcorn!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Craft #1

With the kids home from school these next couple weeks I have planned a bunch of Christmas Crafts.  I have planned one for each day of the week but I will be flexible to the fact that I may have planned too many.  BUT, I would rather have too much then too few

So, the first craft was a fabric ornament.  Glass ornaments, fabric squares, mod podge, foam brushes, and a huge plastic tablecloth.  We only lost two glass ornaments in the process, we learned that Karter needed to be banned from picking up the glass ornament.  The kids weren't too interested in this one.  Isabelle and Karter lasted about 20 minutes before they left me with their ornaments to finish.  Isabelle came back and worked on it off and on throughout the afternoon.  Jakob didn't want to do it.  (So surprised by that, he loves crafts, but he wanted to play outside.)  I sat and worked and finished all of them.  Its a pretty easy craft, a bit messy, and I do think most kids will like it, though my kids weren't too entertained.

12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas...

Instead of doing lots of gifts Christmas morning, we have decided to do the 12 days of Christmas this year.  I wanted to focus more on activities done together as a family.  We are focusing on learning about our Savior, service, and family.  There will be a few gifts given throughout the 12 days.  On Christmas morning we will have our stockings and 1 gift each under the tree. 

It has benn going well so far.  I thought I would share with you what we are doing.

 Day 1:  We opened a Hand of God Journal.  This is just a special journal where each day we will jot down things that Heavenly Father has given us.  Things we are grateful for, tender mercies, anything!

Day 2:  We received our Pixie (Secret Santa) assignment and delivered some gifts to our special family.

Day 3:  We opened a letter writing kit.  It contains everything to keep in touch with family that lives far away.
 Day 4:  We received the assignment to dress up and act out the Nativity story.  Isabelle was Mary, Steve was Joseph, Jakob was a Wise Man, and Karter was a Shephard, but he didn't last until the end.
Day 5:  We had a game night together!  We had a special game of charades that was made up for us.

Day 6:  We went out to dinner together and drove around and looked at Christmas lights.

Day 7:  We will deliver some food and gifts to a family of our choice.

Day 8:  We will open a special Christmas book, other books, and a box of popcorn.  We will spend the day reading together.

Day 9:  We will open ingredients to make treats.  We will make them together and deliver them to the kid's friends (I'll let them choose a couple people) and our neighbors.

Day 10:  Each of the kids will open a special scrapbook just for them.

Day 11:  We will have a family over for dinner and for a special Christmas Eve Program.

Day 12:  (Christmas Morning) We will each receive a gift especially for us!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Our Days

 The tree is trimmed, the decorations are up, MOST of the shopping is done.  We have started our 12 days of Christmas (more on that later), I just started working on some small scrapbooks for each of the kids, and wrapping gifts is on my mind.  The reading of Christmas stories is in full swing.  Christmas music can be heard at all hours, though I may put in a Christmas CD of my choice, I soon hear the happy tunes of the soundtrack for Home Alone, my children's curren favorite. 

Trying to get ready for the kids to be home from school this next couple weeks.  I have much planned for their two week break.  A craft planned for each day, some select must see Christmas DVDs to watch, of course finishing our 12 days of Christmas, and lots of reading, talking, and snuggling by the fire.  Love that they are going to be home with me all day! 

So, Christmas is in full swing at our home.  We are trying to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, less of what we are getting and more on what we are giving.  More family time spend together.  More of a focus on the birth of our Savior and what that means to us right now.  More of a focus on his teachings and how we can make that a part of our everyday.  Focusing on the simple and special of Christmas, what really matters in the end.