Sleeping under the tree…

Isn’t it every kid’s dream to sleep under the tree on Christmas eve?! I’m pretty sure my kids ask every year, and not once have I caved. They wake up early enough as it is without being right next to their stockings and all the presents not to mention they would never fall asleep. Nope. Not going to happen! But they’re getting older and it won’t be long before they stop asking to sleep by the tree – so my friend offered a suggestion: Let them sleep under the tree the night before Christmas eve. Almost as exciting and as magical but way easier on us!

We offered two surprises that night. They could open their sibling gifts (the gifts they purchased for each other) and they could sleep under the tree (which we later amended and said they could fall asleep by the tree but when we went to bed we would move them each to their own beds!) They were ecstatic. I mean parents-of-the-year-material ecstatic!

They each purchased a gift for the sibling just younger than them or in Briggs’ case his oldest sibling. They weren’t much, but they were perfect and everyone was perfectly happy with their little gift; a car, a memory game, a squishy, socks and letters for a letter board.

We read some Christmas stories with a fireplace burning on our TV screen. (That’s the only fire we were having in a fireplace in Arizona!) And the kids slowly drifted off to sleep, much faster than anticipated, some even clutching their gifts from earlier in the evening. It was quiet, the fireplace was crackling and the lights were mesmerizing. No wonder the kids ask to fall asleep by the tree. It is magical – so magical even I dozed off as I was watching the kids from the couch.

Its hard to tell from the picture but he’s got his beanie boo lion tucked under his arm, his new squishy is tucked under his chin and his stuffed snake is wrapped around his hand.

It’s safe to say our trial run sleeping under the tree was a success. Perhaps next year we will be even nicer parents and let them stay there the whole night! 🙂

Christmas card 2017…

Merry Christmas from our crazy bunch!

A quick look at some of our previous Christmas cards (here, here, here, here) will tell you that we’re not real traditional. One of these days we’re going to surprise all of our friends by sending a nice family picture with a beautiful picturesque background. This year didn’t happen to be that year.

I thought it would be fun to have a Christmas card with all the Dr. Seuss characters we dressed up as on Halloween. Steve didn’t love that idea. So this was the compromise – Steve and I in our Halloween costumes and the rest of the kids in some cute Christmas jammies. And because I love different design concepts for cards – this year was a banner strung on bakers twine. Yes, we hand strung those and yes, I made the kids help – and we sent out quite a few! We were all happy when they went out in the mail.

It might be my favorite card to date just on the message alone – and I can’t help but smile every time I see Briggs’ picture!

Creative Christmas card

Preschool Christmas Program…

We’re still recovering from a happy and successful Christmas and we’ve got a lot of family time planned in the next two weeks but I want to start documenting the last week before Christmas, lest I forget with all the pictures I have from post Christmas activities.

Cannon had his preschool program and it’s just about the cutest thing. Hunter and Bennett have both done it twice so I know what to expect and yet every year I can’t help but giggle with the costume changes and their cute little voices singing those Christmas songs. Cannon was probably our most entertaining child yet to grace that stage.

Getting all those kids to memorize the songs is no small task and I loved hearing his little voice throughout the house rehearsing those songs for the last month.  I think my favorite was when he was dressed as a reindeer. He tried so hard to keep that red nose in place and it fell off twice before the song started but he quickly bent down and picked it up. While he was singing it fell off and rolled across the stage. He looked at me with panic in his eyes – He missed a couple lines while he worried about his missing nose but he recovered nicely. 🙂

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

Preschool Christmas Program

 

Christmas tree lights…

We’re taking advantage of the quiet moments this season. Is there anything better than turning down the lights and reading Christmas books by tree light? All the kids gathered around the book as the audio to the book played in the background. And it was quiet – even with a toddler – it was quiet and peaceful. I need more nights like this – it has all the energy of the season packaged up so nicely! If I was a fun mom, I would’ve let them sleep by the tree. But I’m not and it was a school night so books by tree light was all they got!

Christmas tree lights

Christmas tree lights

Christmas tree lights

Christmas tree lights

It seems as though everyone has a fascination with the tree this year. I’ve found ornaments rearranged and even removed and new toys in the tree. Surprisingly – not a single broken ornament…yet. We’re enjoying these last couple anxious/exciting days before Christmas. We never take our tree down right away, but for some reason, the lights tend to glow a little differently after Christmas. Perhaps the energy of the tree goes out the door with the used wrapping paper. Don’t get me wrong, I still find myself after Christmas admiring the tree’s beauty but its not the same. So you’ll find us here the next couple of nights.

Christmas tree lights

Christmas tree lights

Christmas tree lights

 

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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