Christmas Eve…

Annual cookie making for Santa is always a hit and I’m always surprised at what kids stick it out to the end. It would be easy to slap some frosting on a cookie and cover it in sprinkles, but these cookies are far more detailed than that. There is time and love and plenty of licked fingers that are involved. I used to buy the cookie kit from walmart (with premade cookies) because that’s the amount of time and energy I was willing to put towards this activity. But  in recent years, our loving neighbor has invited us to join her family with freshly rolled sugar cookie dough and frosting in all the colors and my kids think it’s the best thing ever and I agree its far better than our stale store bought gingerbread cookies.

On Christmas eve night, we hosted a few families that didn’t have any family to share the evening with. We often take for granted that we live near so many family members and for those with no one around, Christmas can be a hard time to be alone. We have two families in the neighborhood who are recent transplants and we were surrogate family for the evening.

We hosted a dinner and then bundled up with hot chocolate for our “chilly” hay ride around the neighborhood to take in the beautiful luminaries and Christmas lights.

When we arrived at the Christmas house Bennett insisted we take a picture together. “Can you text that to Grandma and tell her Merry Christmas…and will you use some emojis?!”

And then it was home with just our little family to open Christmas pajamas and read Twas the Night Before Christmas (our favorite version is Robert Sabuda pop up book, aff. link) And then the kids excitedly headed to their beds hoping to find a little sleep.

Christmas Eve 2018

Christmas Eve 2018

Christmas Eve 2018

Christmas Eve 2018

Christmas Eve 2018

Christmas Eve 2018

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It just might be my very favorite night of the year. The excitement and anticipation building – it doesn’t get much better than this!

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October 2 second video…

I was hoping to have of 2018’s 2 second videos buttoned up by the first of the year and I’m really close. I realized I haven’t posted the last couple months before December.

We we’re throwing it back to October and our life in 2-seconds a day.

Side note: October was the month we were in the thick of our kitchen remodel as you will notice in the video. Watching the videos and remembering the process still stresses Steve out just a bit!

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Christmas Preschool Program…

I was going to lump Cannon’s Christmas preschool program with the rest of the random events that I have pictures from in December. But after going through the photos I realized it needed it’s own post. Simply for the fact that there were so many costume changes and every song was my very favorite. Perhaps it was Cannon’s cute face beaming – he was so proud that he knew all those songs and throughout the month of December every time a song came on the radio that he was learning in school he would proudly shout with excitement from the back of the car, “I know this song – this is from my program!” Needless to say, he stood on that stage and sang with pride.

Bless his sweet preschool’s teacher’s heart for all her effort and coming up with all those costumes. She goes above and beyond!

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Every year the teacher does two songs where previous students can come and sing with their siblings. That morning, Bennett was begging us to let him go. How could we deny such a sweet request – I loved watching those two sing the songs together and Cannon couldn’t have been more excited to have his big brother by his side.

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

And just when I thought we were done with crying on Santa’s lap – Briggs surprised us. I don’t think it was Santa as much as he really wanted a cupcake and instead got a cookie. You can’t reason with a two-year-old!

Preschool Christmas Program

 

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Happy Unbirthday…

Several years ago Steve decided it would be much better to celebrate my December birthday on my half birthday in June and I agreed. There’s so much going on in December, my birthday was often overlooked anyway – and who wants to receive Christmas gifts, anniversary and birthday gifts all in a week and a half.

So for years, we’ve celebrated my birthday in June. Of course, then December rolls around and people start wishing me a happy birthday and asking what I was doing for the special day and then I had to explain over and over again that we celebrate in June.

This year, a neighbor stopped by with chocolate muffins for my birthday and the kids answered the door. He asked Cannon who’s special day it was and Cannon had no idea. “Doesn’t someone in your house have a birthday today?” Cannon denied any such birthday. Our neighbor was a little confused – clearly his wife sent him on the errand and now he was second guessing leaving the birthday muffins. Cannon proudly said, “No, it’s my mom’s fake birthday today, her real birthday is in June.” Cannon was so matter-of-fact and this confused our poor neighbor even more. He left the muffins anyway. (thank heavens, they were delicious!)

Needless to say, the neighbor was in contact and relayed the funny conversation and I was able to set the record straight and then explain to Cannon that indeed it was my real birthday. Even as the words came from my mouth, Cannon was shaking his head in disbelief. He knows very well when we put the birthday bucket and banner out and when I open my presents! His mind was blown!! I reminded him all day that it was my real birthday. Just as real as his birthday!

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