Monday, December 28, 2015

December Daily - The 16th

Today was a day of rest.  I woke up still feeing poorly and spent the majority of the morning resting in bed.  In the afternoon I felt a bit better so I got our Christmas cards in order to be sent out while watching a Christmas movie (Christmas with the Kranks and Jim Carey version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas).  This was a nice way to relax and still feel productive...I get stir crazy easily it seems.  haha



By the evening I still wasn't feeling amazing but with only a few days left before we head home for Christmas Break I wanted to do something festive with the kidlets.  So we decorated premade gingerbread cookies.  They had so much fun with this!  They each had their own little set of decorations and had a great time decorating, sampling, and then eating their cookies.  Just a little bit of festive fun to get our Christmas Spirit going! :)





Tonight's Christmas Movie - Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas (yes, again)

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

December Daily - The 15th

I arrived home tonight feeling very under the weather and not at all festive.  I so dislike being sick during Christmas, but I seem to get hit with something every year.  I went to bed almost immediately when I got home, and my mom watched the kids until Kris got home from work, which was much later tonight than usual.  Before they went to bed the kids came  to visit and we watched a quick YouTube Christmas video to keep some of the festive spirit going.

Things I am thankful for despite my illness:
1) I am (so far) not ill during any actual Christmas Break events.
2) Illness hit AFTER the Advent Celebration at school was complete.
3) Kids don't seem sick (yet?).
4) My principal booked me a supply teacher before I even left school today.
5) It is 3 days before Christmas break so I didn't have plan anything for school tomorrow - kids are already doing festive activities.
6) My mom is here to help out...I am feeling pretty useless right now and Kris is working!



December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

December Daily - The 14th

Today's big event doesn't have anything to do with our family.  However it it is significant enough to me that I want to share it and remember it.  I don't know if this will actually end up in our family album, but at least it is recorded here for me to see!

Our school has an Advent Celebration and Social each year, and tonight was that night of this event.  I (crazy crazy I) was in charge of organizing and orchestrating the entire liturgy.  So so much work went in to this with each of our teachers and classes, and the final result was so wonderful to see.  We read through a children's picture book version of the Nativity, with our younger students performing a small skit after each reading, and our older students singing portions of Christmas Carols that coincided with the events in the reading.  It turned out so beautifully and I am so proud of the final result.  The students did a wonderful job, and families who came to watch seemed to really enjoy themselves.  Such a fun evening!

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

December Daily - The 13th

Today was a day of rest.  :)
Lets just go with, 'last night was oodles of fun...too many oodles', and leave it at that. ;)

By the time we got home today we were both still exhausted.  We spent the majority of the day hanging out on the living room floor watching Christmas movies with the kidlets.  Aiden has been afraid of watching the Grinch this year, so we talked to him about the message the Grinch learns, and about how Cindy Lou Hoo helps the Grinch learn the true meaning of Christmas.  When Soph went down for her nap he consented to watch with us (haha), and of course, loved it.  We drank hot cocoa and curled up on the bed that is now permanently siting on the living room floor (until Christmas is over) and enjoyed the movie.  It was fun to watch him watch one of our favourites and love it as much as we did when we were younger.


"It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags."


Tonight's Christmas Movie - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (cartoon)

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

December Daily - The 12th

The kiddos are loving their advent calendar surprises each day!  I cause Soph playing with her's and Aiden's toys they have collected so far this morning.



After breakfast the kids got to work making their Christmas lists to Santa.  They looked through fliers and magazines to find pictures of things they might like to ask Santa for.  We let them choose three things to ask for from all the things they cut out.  They had so much fun doing this!  I love using this child friendly letter format (which you can download for free here).



The rest of the day was all about Kris' work Christmas party.  This was our second year attending, and was yet again a great night!  Kris works with a really great group of people, and we had a great time eating, drinking, and dancing up a storm.  Nanna and Nonno came to spend the night with the kiddo's so we had no worries for the evening.




December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

December Daily - The 11th


My mom arrived in town today so Kris and I headed out after dinner to do some Christmas shopping. Still so much to get done before we head home next weekend for Christmas Break!  Between a trip to the mall, Winners, Walmart and Toys R' Us we got a lot accomplished!  Still just a few things to pick up/order and we are good to go!



December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

December Daily - The 6th

Today was a quiet day for us.  Kris took Aiden skating.  Sophia and I went grocery shopping.  And the rest of the day was spent relaxing at home.  Aiden did some Christmas colouring in the afternoon which I am excited to include in my album!! He helped me do some stamping, and then coloured in the images.  So cute.  He also beautified the only piece of Christmas artwork I have ever made with Sophia, with some Christmas stickers.  He was so proud ... haha.  Will have to make something new with Sophia soon.



Tonight's Christmas Movie - Handy Manny: Flicker Saves Christmas

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December Daily - The 10th

Tonight Aiden, the kids and I were home alone.  After yet another viewing of Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas, Sophia was off to bed and Aiden and I played a snowman board game.  He had a great time trying to dress his snowman before I could.  Such fun.  I love that he is big enough now to do these kinds of things with!



Tonight's Christmas Movie - Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

December Daily - The 5th

Today was quite festive in our home!  After naps we dressed the kiddos and headed off to the mall to visit the Big Guy himself.  Santa photos are always a favourite for me, and the kids were so excited to see him while we made our way through the line!  We talked about how they would sit on his lap and the photographer would take a picture.  Everyone was thrilled.  Sophia even entertained the people behind us by lifting up her shirt and wiggling her belly at them (honestly, she has NEVER done this before...hillarious).  Soon there was only one person ahead of us, and the kids were watching Santa with so much anticipation!


And then, it was our turn.  Aiden climbed right up on to Santa's lap - no problem.  Sophia however, went stage 5 clinger on us and refused to even PRETEND to consider that she would ever sit on his lap in our wildest dreams and could we PLEASE get out of there immediately?!?!?  We made the best of the situation and took a family photo instead of one with just the kids.  Everyone left happy.  haha


After our pictures we stopped to watch the workers assembling the new Christmas tree for the mall.  They are just finishing renovations in the mall and this tree is making its first appearance....so fun!


After a quick bite to eat we visited a few stores and discovered that a school choir had set up in the middle of the upper level and were singing Christmas carols.  Such an enjoyable experience!  We stayed for a few songs (Aiden didn't want to leave at all) and then made our way home.


When we got back to our neighbourhood we drove around and looked at the Christmas lights.  The kids were loving this.  So many blow up Frosty's in our neighbourhood! hahaha  Such a fun day!


Tonight's Christmas Movie - Sophia The First: Holiday in Enchancia

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.




Friday, December 4, 2015

December Daily - The 4th

Kris arrived home tonight after a week long trip after travelling to Chicago for the RSNA conference with some of his work peeps. He brought back some super cute gifts for the kids.  Snow globes.  They love snow globes.  These are their first each and they are both ecstatic.  At least we can say we have SOME snow now, as things are looking pretty green outside.



Tonight's Christmas Movie - Mickey's Christmas Carol, Pluto's Christmas Tree & Frosty the Snowman (AGAIN)

December Daily® is a December mini-album project devised by Ali Edwards with the simple goal of capturing the spirit of December via one story per day. Read more on her website here.


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