Christmas puzzle…

I remember walking into a neighbor’s house at Christmas time a few years back. The house smelled of cinnamon and the decor looked as though it came from a magazine. At the kitchen table several of her grandchildren were busy putting together a Christmas puzzle. It was an iconic holiday picture.

It reminded me of my own grandmother’s house growing up that had a puzzle on a card table set up at Christmas time – the same puzzle year after year.

Since then, I’ve wanted a Christmas puzzle on our table. This week I finally made it happen. We’ve had a few casualties with Briggs stealing pieces, but I think we’ve recovered all of them!

We’re still not finished, but we’re close. All the kids have taken time to sit down and put some pieces on. We’ve watched several Christmas movies and listened to Christmas music while sitting at that table. It’s Christmas and I love it! (and the house smells like cinnamon!)Christmas Puzzle

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Wax Museum…

Hallie participated in her school’s wax museum right before Thanksgiving. Each kid in the grade was assigned an inventor. Of course Hallie would’ve preferred to choose an inventor, but that’s not how it works – she was assigned Charles Goodyear, a man neither one of us knew much about.

I kind of felt as though the kids should’ve been able to choose who they wanted to do such a large report on, but after she was done I was glad it was assigned. Charles Goodyear is a man she would’ve never chosen yet the information was fascinating. A man who spent his entire life trying to figure out rubber of all things. He died fairly young with a huge debt to his name – only to have the process he discovered make it big after his death. Most would think Goodyear tires would be of some relation, but it’s not. The man who started Goodyear tires basically named it in his honor.

She wrote a report and made a display board. She then had to write a speech and present it at the museum while dressed the part. She did a great job and as you can tell worked really hard on the project. She earned that grade!

Charles Goodyear

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Christmas books 2017…

Our Christmas book collection continues to grow every year; both fun and playful and deep and spiritual. We’ve got all varieties. I had some great recommendations from readers last year that I picked up after Christmas and they got shoved in a box so it was a fun surprise to open the box and find new books my kids hadn’t looked through. I know some people wrap the books and open one every night but that just doesn’t work for us or our December schedule. The books are there all month long for the kids to look through and read whenever they feel like it.

Favorite Christmas Books

The books sit on a shelf in the living room and I find them left on the couches most every day after the kids have read through them. Some nights we read together as a family (we always choose our very favorites as a family) and some nights the kids read them to each other. But usually by the time Christmas rolls around we’ve gone through most of them. Here’s what’s sitting on our shelf now:

Snowmen at Christmas
Christmas Oranges
The Mansion
The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes
A Christmas Dress for Ellen
Christmas Bell for Anya
Christmas Day in the Morning (The first book we read every Christmas season)
Llama Llama Holiday Drama
Forgotten Carols
The Christmas Train
The Tale of Three Trees
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
Polar Express
The Christmas Candle
The Gift of the Magi
Drummer Boy
C is for Christmas
The First Christmas
The Visit
Great Joy
The Christmas Sweater (illustrated)
Snow Angels
Christmas Carol
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Twelve Days of Christmas (Pop-up book)
Twas the Night Before Christmas (Pop-up book) (Our Christmas Eve book)
Christmas Sweater (novel)
Secret Santa
Christmas Jars
Christmas Parade
Beyond Bethlehem
A Christmas Story
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree
The Crippled Lamb
The Three Gifts
Mary, Did You Know
I Believe in Santa Clause

Favorite Christmas Books

The kids know their time with these books is limited – they make sure to get through them before they’re boxed back up until the following Christmas. Is there anything more special than reading a Christmas book by tree light? I love this time of year.

 

 

 

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Here comes Santa Clause…

The Bass Pro Shop has to be my favorite santa year after year. He’s funny. He’s animated. And even though he never actually asks what the kids want for Christmas – they love to visit him. He throws broken candy canes out of his bag and yells “Broken”. And he poses for pictures like this when I’m testing lighting. He’s a winner!

Bass Pro Santa

We actually found ourselves at Bass Pro two times this week. The first time we showed up late afternoon and they were done passing out picture tickets for the entire day. It was anti-climatic to say the least.

Today, Steve picked up passes this morning on his way from a meeting which meant we returned this afternoon for another shot at Santa. Briggs had no idea what was going on and although he was really unsure – he never cried. He cries if I leave him with other family members. But Santa was just different enough that he sat mesmerized – no facial expressions.

Bass Pro Santa

Cannon was excited but not entirely sure what was going on. The whole Santa concept isn’t something he’s quite caught on to. He doesn’t ask questions or make comments about Santa – he was just happy to get a candy cane.

Bass Pro Santa

Bennett was by far the most excited. He’s at the best age and I wanted to bottle his excitement about the whole experience. “This is the best day ever, I can’t believe I get to see Santa.”  He recounted that his friend visited the North Pole last week and he wished so badly that he could go to the North Pole as well. He wrote a letter to santa while waiting in line – he wants a red locker to lock up his legos so Hunter doesn’t steal his and Cannon doesn’t break things he’s built.

Bass Pro Santa

Bass Pro Santa

Hunter and Hallie determined they were too old to sit on Santa’s lap. In fact Hallie didn’t even join us the first time we attempted photos because she had an invite to go to a friend’s house. I realized our kids were getting old and growing out of some of the aspects of Christmas that were so exciting when they were younger. Luckily, they are great sports and still play it up real well for the younger ones. It made my mom heart happy when she joined us today and even more happy when Santa called her out for being too old – he was generous and still gave her a candy cane!

Bass Pro Santa

Bass Pro Santa

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Spelling bee…

Hallie came home from school a couple weeks ago with her good news minute: She won her class spelling bee and would be moving on to the school wide spelling bee for grades 4th-6th. She was excited (as she should be) and we were excited for her. But then it started to get a little closer and I could see her nerves start to set in. She had a list of words from the national level that they may pull from but she wasn’t spending time looking at the list. She started joking that she may be sick that morning and the replacement girl would have to step in – that’s when I realized although it was fun to win her class, she really didn’t want to stand in front of the school and I don’t blame her.

The last two nights she spent some time looking over the list which I think made her even more discouraged because there were some hard words – words I didn’t even know how to pronounce, let alone spell.

Today was the day. We went to the school to watch and when I walked in the gym and saw her sitting on the stage my stomach dropped. She looked miserable and scared to death up there. I made eye contact with her and with all the emotions of my face, tried to reassure her she would be great. Her face told me that she wanted off that stage!

Spelling Bee

Hallie is a smart girl. She’s kind. She’s loving. But she’s also a perfectionist and I knew standing in front of a large group with the potential to misspell a word would be embarrassing. So I waited on pins and needles for every round she stood up to the mic. It was nerve-wracking – not because I wanted her to win but because I wanted her to feel good about how she did. I hoped she wouldn’t miss a word that she knew and was just too nervous to spell it correctly. And in one of the last rounds she was given the word balloonist – in which she spelled it b-a-l-o-o-n-i-s-t. And the bell rang, she was out. She returned to her seat until the round was complete and then she walked off the stage with three others, leaving the finalists to duke it out.

Hallie was disappointed in the word she missed but I was a proud mom. We want to pretend that kids don’t share the same fears and anxieties we feel which is why it’s easy for us to tell them to do stuff we would never do ourselves. But in all reality – her fears were real and it took a lot of strength to stand up in front of her school today. I love that she did it. I love that she was nervous and didn’t call in sick. I love that she tried something that she’s never done before even with the fear of not being perfect. I love that her brother got to see her participate (in which he said he will make sure to never win his class spelling bee!). And I’m happy that she made it far enough to be happy but not far enough to move on to the district level and have to experience those emotions all over again!

Spelling Bee

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