Tuesday, December 24, 2013

waiting for Santa

Little J. made this hat in his sculpture class and decided to try it out on Snow Bear.

hmmm, the hat - not so sure about, the attention - perfect!

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 23, 2013

holiday events

We have been busy having all kinds of crazy, looney fun. So much so, I haven't been keeping up with blogging all that fun. Here are some of our December highlights:
Officially a teen!
Little J. turned 13 earlier this month.  I was planning on doing our annual interview, but I think he covered it nicely on his blog. Although, I might have to stop calling him Little J., as he is as tall as I am now!

this odd looking blob is taffy in the making
Every day, we tried to do something exciting, and taffy making was one of our activities. It was great pulling the candy, and even greater munching it!

fig flavored
We also decorated, made/baked gifts, wrapped, sang carols, cut snowflakes, drew pastel snowmen, and made a gingerbread house, packed toys for children, read Christmas stories, listened to holiday music, and other traditional pastimes.

Something new and part of the loopy-fun we have been having was trying out Big J.'s idea to celebrate as many holidays as possible.  So, we looked up  holidays happening around this time and attempted to participate in some way or another.  Events on our list were: Hanuka, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Feast of St. Nicholas, Feast of Immaculate Conception, Feast of St. Lucy, Winter Solstice, and the Feast of the British Kings.  Mainly, we learned a lot about these holidays when we researched what they were about, and enjoyed special dinners on these days (such as Mexican food on Our Lady of Guadalupe).  Some slipped by in the rush of everything else, but that was just fine. It was really nice exploring these days and gave us something to look forward to.

And of course, snow makes the holidays that much more fun.  An impromptu snow day was called when the kids woke up mid-week to everything covered in white.

All of this has been super fun, and I can hardly wait for the rest of events to be celebrated in fine style!!!