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Christmas Parties 2 and 3

So today the girls had their parties.  It happened to be a half day which meant their parties were at the same time.  No worries though…Jacob and I had a blast at Jamie’s party.  Jacob and Jamie colored (together) a candy cane and put it together.  Jamie decorated a sugar cookie and cut it in half for Jacob to share.  They shared a plate of food too.  After a bunch of treats (read: way too many) were handed out, it was time to leave for the day!

While we were having fun at Jamie’s party, Jeremiah went to Mazie’s party.  The fourth graders had a project ready to go.  They were building graham cracker houses.  Mazie said she couldn’t quite figure out how to make a pointy roof with the graham crackers so her house became an apartment.  It did take the entire hour of the party to create this living palace but it was fun to watch…

So now we’ve started our two weeks of Winter break and we’ve got a few things planned over those two weeks!

Preschooler Songs

I have to say that one of my very favorite things as a mom is to see my kids in a program.  I don’t care how out of key they sing, it is just something I have to see.  Today was Jacob’s last day before Winter break and his class had a little party. 

The teacher read The Mitten and the kids (and some of us parents) were completely enthralled…

The kids were asked to find their letters (what a cool way to have them line up and listen…makes me want to get alphabet carpet all over the house 🙂 !)

As you can see from the last picture, Jacob was pretty excited.  Not that he was going to sing his best for us but that he was standing beside his little red-haired girlfriend, Miss Bella!  Nice.

Their first song was to the tune of I’m A Little Tea Pot but was about a snowman and he melted at the end of the song which meant the kids had to act like they were melting…

And since they were already down, the next song had to do with sleeping bears to the tune of Are You Sleeping?…

Then the grand finale was Jingle Bells!  And the kids were jingling bells, of course and belting it out…out of key, out of sync…man, I love preschooler singing!

“In a one horse open sleigh.  HEY!” Can’t you just hear it…

They put their bells back and lined up for their big bow…

It was time for food…

And Santa joined us by surprise.  The kids were so excited to see him come in the door.  It happened to be snowing (finally) and it was a perfect entrance.  I can’t believe this is Jacob’s first encounter with the big guy.  Since the girls never liked sitting on his lap, we just never pushed Jacob to do so.  But he was so excited to actually meet him that I’m not sure he even realized he was on his lap!

The teachers took a family photo of us with Santa and we made a wreath ornament for on the tree.  Jacob was all about placing the different colors of tissue paper all around our picture.

It was such a fun hour.  Tomorrow…each of the girls has a party…at the same time.  Jeremiah is joining Mazie and Jacob and I are joining Jamie!

Birthday and Christmas

Saturday was my birthday.  So the kids (and Jeremiah and my dad) took me out to eat for an early supper but I had to open presents first!

When we got back we had an angel food cake made by my dear husband!  He did a great job even if it didn’t rise like it should have and I stayed out of kitchen.  I had a lovely day of relaxing and my family!

Since my dad left this morning, we decided to have Christmas with him last night so he could see the kids open their presents.

It was nice to be able to see him open our gifts too!

The kids are in a toy utopia right now.  I think the things they opened last night will hold them over until Christmas (I hope)! 😉

More on our visit from Pop Pop later.  Stay tuned!


Our Thanksgiving was amazing.  First we had lunch in the living room while watching some football…

Snuggled a lot with people we love…

Had a delicious feast (yes I went overboard as usual)…

Then it was onto the fun.  Dad was apparently not too full to play on the floor and have kids jumping on him.  Seriously, at one point Jamie ran from one side of the room, hopped onto his stomach landing on her knees, and slid off laughing hysterically!

There was a little down time.  Typically whoever needed that little break snuggled with Pop Pop…

I had the camera so no one jumped on me 🙂 !  Dad was even musically inclined on Thanksiving night.  He played Wipe Out on the drums…

A trombone in the marching band…

Even a cello in the symphany…

You can see Jacob being a piano with Beethoven’s Fifth being played here

I am thankful for so many things.  My wonderful husband, my beautiful girls, my handsome son, (the fact that they are healthy, smart, and happy), and my family and friends (too many to list here).  I think it’s very clear that we are all happy that Pop Pop is here visiting…

I love my family and am very thankful to be so blessed.

Turkey #2

On Thursday, Jamie’s class put on three Thanksgiving plays at the Reader’s Theater.  The kids read their parts aloud to the entire crowd and believe me when I say there was a big crowd of proud parents!

After the first two plays were over it was Jamie’s group’s turn.  Her play was entitled The Ugly Turkey (some of you may remember when Mazie did this play in first grade and she was the Ugly Turkey).  For those of you who know the story of the ugly duckling it is similar but with turkeys and a peacock instead of ducks and swans.  Anyway, Jamie was Turkey #2!

Turkeys 1, 2, 3, and 4 were mean to the peacock.  But then they went off and grew up and became beautiful turkeys and realized the error of their ways being mean to the peacock who was now beautiful!

It was so great to hear her reading so fluently out loud.  She did a great job as did all the students!  One thing I am thankful for this year…kids who love to read!

Happy Halloween

The kids were so excited about dressing up this year.  Jamie insisted on being a black cat because she knows how to roll her tongue to purr!

Jacob wore his Thomas the Tank Engine costume from last year since he never wore it last year.  He was proud to do so too!

Mazie was supposed to be a vampire but I couldn’t quite find all the things to go with the cape.  So I bought these cute horn barrettes and we went with a vampire devil!

You can check out the Halloween goodies at the business website.

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