Saturday, December 19, 2009

Our Christmas Fun...Day 19


Day 19 was Christmas with just the 5 of us...











Friday, December 18, 2009

Our Christmas Fun...Day 17

Our second annual Graham Cracker Shack
Decorating Festivities!
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Titus enjoyed eating his plain crackers and then the icing
straight off of his knife. Yes, I know. I am a wonderful mother.

Decorating



Eli enjoying his graham crackers, sans icing, of course!




I think they turned out even worse than last year's!
HA! The kids had fun, and at least it always tastes yummy!!!


Our Christmas Fun...Day 17, continued


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Just because I love this song...

We sing this at church, and I LOVE it. Here's the video. Click to watch on YouTube if you want to see the lyrics on the right.



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Documenting Traditions...

Every year, we get the boys Christmas ornaments to go along with a certain event that happened or something they were really "into" that year. In order to keep the stories behind the ornaments safe, I am documenting them here!


Justus -
2008, McQueen and Tow Mater - You LOVED the movie "Cars" this year, and you had so many of the characters on your clothes (not to mention the actual cars you received from us and many others!)
2009, Star Wars ball - You always pretend to be some superhero, and whenever you are a "Star Wars" character, you just say, "I'm Star Wars!!!" (Justus, you can't actually BE Star Wars, bud! Oh well... :) )

Titus -
2008, Elmo - You l.o.v.e.d. Elmo and would get so excited whenever we saw him in a store. You would sing "Elmo's World" and sit on the couch sucking your thumb and playing with your hair for an entire Elmo's World video...the only movie you would last through!
2009, Red Firework - You often compare things to fireworks ("That looks like a firework!! What's that sound?? Fireworks??!!!") It's kind of funny how often you mention it, so I thought this ornament was perfect for you. ***

Eli -
2008, First Christmas - This is your first Christmas!!!
2009, Red Guitar - I searched HIGH AND LOW for an "All I want for Christmas is my 2 Front Teeth" ornament. You are our slowest teether yet, and I thought that ornament would have been perfect for you this year. Oh well!!! Couldn't find it. I bought you a guitar, because you LOVE music. You love to dance and will dance to anything. Before bedtime and before your nap, you want me to turn on this singing bear. (In fact, you INSIST! :) ) You love when I sing to you, you love when your brothers sing, when your daddy sings, and when we turn music on in the house and dance our hearts out!

***We will give the boys their ornaments on our early Christmas day, Dec. 19, and I can't wait to see if Titus says this looks like a Firework! It is just one of those glitter-covered (what was I thinking?!), shiny, red "bursts." Don't worry, I'll take a picture when he opens it.

Animal Noises and other chatter :)





Saturday, December 12, 2009

Baby Steps :)


Is it over yet? Our Christmas Fun...Day 11

I really do enjoy doing crafts with the boys, but I have to say...doing arts/crafts every.single.day lately has been a bit much for me. However, THEY are not tired of it at all!! Here are pics from today's activities...and finally, our pasta creation!! We all helped each other. (Can you guess which part was Titus' contribution?? :) )


Working on a gift for a friend...
(We'll have to see how it turns out :) )


Notice Titus' glitter tattoo? He and Justus got those
last night at the Library Christmas party.
They both chose lizards and, of course, blue glitter.
(We have washed their hands since then, but the tattoos last a few
days...or until you scrub with alcohol.....just wanted to clarify!)


And yes, of COURSE, T man is wearing his Superman costume.
Why in the world would he wear actual clothes during the day
when he can be SUPERMAN every.single.day!!!????


(Titus' chair cover was drying and awaiting "ornaments.")
Guess it would have been smart of me to WASH the
pillow cases first...so as not to have CREASES all over them!
(You live, you learn, then you learn it really doesn't matter ;) )




Thursday, December 10, 2009

Our Christmas Fun...Day 10

Went to the store last night for 3 huge bottles of rubbing alcohol...Still working on dyeing that pasta!!



Next up was our bean project...well, revised...to no longer accompanying the dyed pasta as a Christmas banner! Gotta go with the flow here, people!!



Hey...we all had fun doing it. That's all that matters, right :)




We started these today (ahem, today's activity) but will have to finish tomorrow:



My little arts and crafts fiend remained at the counter for quite some time after our project time was over. Can I just tell you...we went to a friend's house this morning to make a handprint Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a cool pine cone Christmas tree, we did these projects together today (not to mention the numerous projects we have been doing the past week and a half), and he still just couldn't get enough. He painted with all kinds of supplies and then cooked up some bean soup with his leftover beans. Check him out. Do you like how I plug my own blog on...my own blog??!!! Yeah, it's my blog. I can do that :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Need a new computer??

I'm blogging about this giveaway ONLY for selfish reasons, so please forgive me!! MckMama is giving away an HP Touchsmart computer!! (Well, I mean, HP is giving it away, but whatever...) I think it would be so awesome for Derek to have this computer in his office, so I'm going to blog about it here, facebook about it for a second entry, and post a comment on MckMama's blog for a total of 3 entries and therefore 3 chances to win!!!! Wish me luck :)

Our Christmas Fun...Day 9

We're catching up on days we have missed, so we did quite a few activities this morning! The snowflake-making, which was actually TODAY'S activity, is always so cool to me. I mean, fold up a piece of white paper, make a few cuts, and open it up to see a cool creation. Justus loves watching me do it, and he loves using scissors...but he wasn't too interested in it this morning. Another activity didn't turn out exactly as I had planned...such is life with kids!

We did have yesterday's Red and Green lunch today, but I actually posted about that here on our other blog. (Don't ask...I just like to keep some things there and some things here.)

We started our pasta dyeing this morning, but OF COURSE I didn't know we were out of something (rubbing alcohol.) I ran next door and across the street and came back with about an inch of the stuff...certainly not as much as we needed. Looks like we will have to postpone yet ANOTHER activity. We were able to make 2 bags of the pasta, one red and one green. I don't think I used as much rubbing alcohol as we were supposed to, because I was trying to stretch what we had. It will be a good test to see how it turns out, though. Once the dye has really set, we still have to give our pasta time to dry...so it's looking like this might be a long drawn-out project. Here's to hoping the boys don't lose interest!! (All Justus wants to do is eat it!) Hopefully, we'll be able to go ahead and make some letters using our beans (already naturally colorful!) this afternoon.



Justus and Titus helped themselves to a snack this morning while I was laying Eli down for a nap. Usually, this entails crackers, cereal, etc. all over the floor (not to mention an entire box of whatever it was completely not wasted.) I was pleased, then, when I saw this this morning.



No, I don't always make them wear helmets (although I have considered it.) They had just come in from riding their bikes :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Praise His Holy Name!!




The moon is high and the sunset fades
The lullabies have all been sung
Were tuckin in another day
And stars appear now one by one
But the stillness moves and the silence yields
And not a single beat is lost
You can hear the chorus in the fields

Taking up where we left off
And Your praise goes on, rising to Your throne
Where You guard us while we dream
Past the stars they fly, Your praises fill the sky
Til You wake us with the dawn
And Your praise goes on

Now bring your warmth, O morning sun
Chase the stars and the moon away
And wake us with your brightest song
And add our voice to your refrain
Now rise up everything that lives!
Flap your wings and leap for joy!
Oh forest lift your arms and sway!
Clap your hands you ocean waves!

And Your praise goes on, rising to Your throne
Where You bless our toil and play
Through the clouds they rise, Your praises fill the skies
Til the setting of the sun
And Your praise goes on
And when my final breath You lend
Ill thank You for the life You gave
But that wont mean the praises end
Cause I wont be silenced by the grave!

And Your praise goes on
Ill be runnin to Your throne
With every nation, tribe and tongue
To Your arms Ill fly
Ill gaze into Your eyes
Then Ill know as I am known
And Your praise goes on
And Your praise goes on
And Your praise goes on

Feeling overwhelmingly blessed tonight...a loving and faithful husband, friends who love us and pray for us and bless us open-handedly and sacrificially, blessings beyond measure, provisions for life (and blessings way beyond just needs!) Praise Your name, Lord. You are faithful, sovereign, and my All in all!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Shaving Buddies

A common occurrence around here...but a sight I love to see :)



WHAT DAY IS THIS?????

Well, in 2 hours, it will be Day 7 of our Christmas fun. *sigh* Alas, I am behind...Surprise, surprise. We have been doing most of the things on our calendar:

Day 3 included a present to open, so of course the boys loved that :) Titus loved playing with baby Jesus, but Joseph occasionally made him mad when he kept falling over. I had forgotten about a book I bought at the Antique Mall, Journey to Bethlehem, so we read that instead of using that website I mentioned the other day. I didn't even take a picture of the Nativity set I bought. It's pretty cute and very child-friendly (while not exactly realistic, seeing as how "baby" Jesus has a FULL head of dark brown hair.) The whole reason I even bought a new nativity set is because the baby Jesus from our previous Nativity scene had gone MIA. I have to confess that ALREADY, I have no idea where the current baby Jesus is, let alone his manger or his earthly father.





We did the Snowman Felt Pictures for Day 4, a hit with Justus (but not something I would repeat next year.)




And finally, we went to the library yesterday to check out some Christmas books. It never fails that the boys want to check out movies as well, and that's fine with me. However, on this particular trip, Titus was in charge of pushing our little basket. We ended up with a video about Kwanzaa and a book about Hanukkah. Thankfully, I was able to weed through the basket without him noticing, so we made it to the check out line without any issues. Justus even told me he wanted to go check out by himself, and he wanted me to go stand "over there." Ah, it begins :) I handed him the library card with pride in my heart over his confidence and sat back and watched (well, I helped a little.)

We didn't get to the pasta dyeing today, because SOMEBODY was too busy painting t-shirts. It was fun, easy, and I'm pretty pleased with the results...it being my first time and all. I definitely need some more practice, but it looks like I'm going to have to find some girls to give t-shirts to. (Somebody ELSE thought the idea was kind of girly ;) ) I'm moving our Red and Green Lunch to Wednesday, because we have a busy next couple of days. I know lunch tomorrow and Tuesday will be rushed, and I want our Red and Green Lunch to be a special occasion (with hopefully some new-food-tasting, but shhhhh...no one is aware of my hidden motives on that one.) Hope you're having fun with your holiday festivities, whatever they may be! We'll be wading in food dye tomorrow...pray for my patience!!

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