Saturday, December 17, 2011

Advent 2011

We have been busy trying to keep up with our Advent activities but got a bit sidetracked this week due to Daddy's biopsy.  We seem to be getting back on track and the girls were so flexible and didn't complain about not doing something each day. This post will catch you up a bit on what we've been up to regarding Advent.

Dec. 5  We read The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg.  Then I hid candy canes all over the living room for the girls to find.  I think we did this at least 3 times, then they did it with Daddy a bunch of times the next night.  Who knew finding candy canes could be such fun? (I totally stole this idea from one of my good friends too!)
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Dec. 6 We cut out snowflakes and sprinkled them with glitter.  Both girls did a great job as cutting snowflakes is a hard task for little hands!  They of course loved the glittering part the best.
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Dec. 7  We made Christmas cookies.  One was a very yummy success, Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bars and one was not, Mint Meltaways.  The girls had fun adding things into the mixer and just helping Mommy in the kitchen.
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Dec. 8 Go through our toys and find at least 10 things we can donate to Goodwill.  This has been a very hard task for Peanut to do.  We are still working on it but do have a box that is half done.  We talk about it each day and I am hoping she will see how important it is to be willing to give even when we don't want to.  We want to teach her and Pumpkin that we need to be willing to serve others.

Dec. 9 We were supposed to go to a Christmas Sing Along but this got changed and we ended up at a friend's house playing, having pizza and hot chocolate, and watching a movie.  I was sad that we didn't get to go but after a very busy week, relaxing with friends was something we needed to do.

Dec. 10 We made a gift for Peanut's teachers thanks to a very cute idea on Pinterest.  I am so happy with how they turned out.  I cut out the felt circles.  Peanut helped me glue the trunk together.  Then after I marked the center of each circle, she sewed the circles all together.  I added the jingle bell and ribbon to the top to create a beautiful rainbow Christmas tree ornament.
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Dec. 11 We went Christmas caroling with our church's children's ministry.  The kids made crafts and cards at the beginning to give to the people we caroled to then we loaded up and headed out.  We even got to ride along with our buddies!  After the caroling we ended up back at the church for hot chocolate.  A fun day indeed!
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Dec. 12 - 14 We got a bit side tracked due to Daddy's biopsy but Gigi was here and the girls got totally spoiled by him and even had a candy party while we were gone!

We're certainly keeping busy and having lots of fun so far!

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