Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tis the Season

The month of December was full of it's usual festivities.  I finally found myself an awesome Christmas sweater this year.  The kids saw Santa at the Dental Clinic...Isla gave us the standard, terrified shot.  We even got a snow day here and there.  The kids (and Nathan) were in heaven.  Even Isla loved it.  Nate introduced the kids to the game of 'Foxes and Rabbits', that he used to play out in the snow as a kid.  They LOVED it.  We had to go play it every time we got any snow this year.  I will admit, it's pretty fun.  

I was asked to help plan the Stake Nativity event.  They have done it here a few times, and I wasn't in charge (thank goodness).  Just helped with the set up, which took a couple of days.  It turned out really amazing, though.  








Sydney drew this amazing picture for us for Christmas!  It is one of my favorite things that I have in our house.  It sits on top of a shelf in our living room.  The kids really love the movie, Chronicles of Narnia, and Nathan and I love the Christ parallels therein.  We all love to admire the picture of the kids riding Aslan.

December's Preschool was the letter E.  We talked about Elves, Experiments, and Elephants.




Isla decided she wanted to be a part of the baking fun this year.



Isla also decided that she wanted to sit up at the counter with the big kids (we have since moved the bar stools upstairs...too many 'finding Isla on top of the stove' experiences for this mom)





This was Sawyer's December Family Project
Teacher gifts and neighbor cookie plates...


We had a really scary experience the week before Christmas.  We were dropping off a friends' kids whom we had watched that day while they moved into their new house, and suddenly I heard the loudest crash of glass breaking, and then that horrifying sound of a kid screaming.  I had no idea what I was going to see when I turned the corner--but I feared the worst.  Sawyer had excitedly run into the glass door, thinking it was open.  That is a double paned window, and only the interior pane cracked.  He got a really good gash on his nose, but we decided to butterfly tape it rather than do stitches.  Luckily, it has healed pretty well, but we were worried.  So grateful nothing worse happened.  I even had Nate get out his Loupes to make sure there was no glass inside the cut.


This year I decided to try my hand at making pajama pants for the kids.  I love how they turned out!  Sawyer requested Ninjas, Violet got mermaids (I am obsessed with that mermaid fabric!), and Isla got whatever mommy thought was cute :)
 We started the Christmas Elves this year.  We had talked about them last year, and Sawyer was majorly upset at the prospect of having an Elf come observe his behavior.  So we held off.  He was still totally peeved about it when we started, but he warmed up to the elf after seeing all the funny things he did!




First time paying tithing for Sawyer.  So cute!





Thanksgiving and 2 Christmas Markets

We got to host Thanksgiving with a few families in our ward this year.  It was fun, as I love doing that kind of stuff.  Although I haven't had much practice with the Turkey thing, so we all had to wait on it forever because I was being paranoid that it was underdone.  Practice makes perfect I guess!  We had an adult table and a kid table.  Sawyer loved being able to write all the kids' names over their plates on the paper table cloth.  

The next morning we headed down to Rothenberg to visit their Christmas Market.  We LOVED that city.  It had such a traditional, rustic German charm to it.  We even did the Night Watchman's Tour at 8 pm with our frozen, tired children.  A really fun and interesting tour, despite the cold.  The next day we drove a bit further to the city of Nurnberg.  We had been there once, on our way home from Prague with my parents, and hadn't been very impressed by it.  But we had heard from many sources that this was the most famous Christmas Market in Germany, because I think it is the oldest.  We still didn't love the place.  It was just way too big and way too crowded.  At the end we tried to go see the Nazi Parade Ground.  They had a museum there, but we decided it was not going to be fun with the kids.  And it was too dark to see much on the Parade Ground.  Oh well...  After that we headed back home.  Fun weekend, overall.  



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Halloween

Halloween was awesome this year.  Mostly because I love these pictures!!!  Their costumes turned out so great.  I couldn't have been happier.  My mom gave Sawyer that Hook costume for Christmas and I was excited that he wanted to use it for Halloween.  Violet has been super into mermaids lately, so she was easy.  I ordered the skirt on Etsy and made the little top out of some jersey knit I had lying around.  I was dying over her poses!!!  And Isla was the perfect little Tinkerbell...she even left the bun on her head most of the night!!  Every time the kids see the picture of her holding out the rotten apple, they die laughing.  I scrounged together a Pirate Fairy outfit about an hour before our ward party and tried to fit in with my kids a bit.  We opted to just trick or treat around the neighborhood this year...instead of braving the crowds on base.  It was a success!