Sunday, December 23, 2012

Advent Calendars

I love seeing different advent calendars. You can find about a million different ones on pinterest. We currently have three in our house right now. One is wooden with little doors you open each day.  That one has candy in it.  My sister, Cassi, sent us one for our computer - the Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar. I think I look forward to this one just as much as the kids.  It's a view of London with a different activity or scene that's unlocked each day.

The third one is one I've wanted to make for a few years.  It's one I loved growing up.  My mom made this felt advent calendar in the 70s at a church craft day. I love that it focuses on the real Christmas story.  You move Mary and Joseph up the trail each day and on Christmas, you put Baby Jesus in the manger.

Cassi and her cute girls traced all of the pieces and sent them to me.  I don't know who came up with this idea, but they are pretty darn creative.  Once I got going on mine, I got a little annoyed with all of the tiny pieces that I kept losing, and that needed to be doubled, ironed on and stitched, but I'm happy with how it came out and my kids are loving it.  Some traditions just need to keep going!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Finally Snow!

We went to bed last night with the forecast saying 8-12 inches overnight.  We heard an icy snow/rain against our window all night and woke up to ice on the grass.  We laughed since we're still waiting to see winter in the midwest these last two years.  But all morning it has been snowing and it's starting to pile up.  I took the kids out and within a few minutes we had icy wind burns on our cheeks.  It's not exactly "play all day in the snow" kind of snow.  It's a cold, wet, frozen blizzard out there, but we're happy to have a white winter, especially in time for Christmas.

We're also ready for Tuesday because we visited Santa last weekend.  This Santa makes me teary when I see him.  He was there last year, too.  He looks pretty darn real and is the sweetest, kindest man.  He acts like each kid is the only one that matters and is so tender.  He might have me convinced he's the real thing. :)

Madeline asked for "a snowflake that floats around my house."  Not sure what to make of that request. :)  And Charlie refused to look at Santa and was mute.

I'm getting a little giddy thinking about Christmas on Tuesday.  Matt will be home, we'll make good food, enjoy being together and remind each other of why we have so many reasons to be happy.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Winter Wonderland?

Not quite...  Everyone warned us about midwest winters and we have yet to see them.  Last year we hardly got any snow and this year we're still waiting.  Some of the coldest days have definitely been bitter, but we're really hoping we get some snow for Christmas.  Despite the lack of white powder, we've been enjoying some winter activities.  We took the kids ice skating.  After a few times around, Madeline started to love it and got a little more confident.  After a few times around for Charlie, he decided he did NOT like it, so he spent some time with me watching. We're a little paranoid about me doing anything while pregnant, so I sat and watched and the kids took turns with their daddy. I feel like such a weenie, but we're 2 for 2 for bed rest and trying our best to delay it this time.

We've also been enjoying many Christmas music and movies. Madeline's favorite is the Jim Carey version of the Grinch. We have neighbors who put up cut outs of the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and Max the dog and we love seeing them every day and worrying whether he's going to come steal our presents. :)

Since we tend to stick around for Christmas with Matt having to work, we had to get a real Christmas tree. The kids were excited to decorate it, only to find that after seven years, our christmas tree lights all died.  So we had to postpone our decorating party so we could get re stocked with lights. Hopefully they'll last at least another seven years.

I feel like this time of year gets so busy.  I'm trying to relax, enjoy it, enjoy my kids. not have preterm labor :) and remember why we celebrate Christmas and what and who is important.  Somebody might need to send me a reminder each day to keep me on track.   I hope your weeks leading up to Christmas are Merry and Bright.