So we kept with our tradition and let the kids open one gift each tonight. The kids really get a kick out of this. Trinity got a pair of Hyde-Hitops that she has been dying for, Quan got, yes you guessed it, another video game, and Kennedy could not contain her joy about receiving Moon sand. Everyone had a great time sipping eggnog and making crazy holiday memories, and to top it off I got called off from work and didn't have to work tonight. I couldn't have asked for more.
So after setting up the girls blog we headed home to make homemade ornaments and a gingerbread tree. This was our first year making popcorn ball ornaments and we had a lot of fun. Some of the kids gave up with only half decorated balls. but we pressed on until they were complete. After finishing the ornaments we took on the daunting task of making a gingerbread tree. Despite directions, we still managed to mess up the first batch of frosting. The tree eventually was finished and turned out quite nice! These are crafts that we will definitely do again next year.
Today we hung out with our good friends Kim, Kalin, Sage, and Taimour to create a reading club blog for our older girls. The girls really enjoyed setting it up, and hopefully it will spark a love for reading in them. The two younger siblings had a blast being fabulous!
Here are a few of many wonderful pictures taken by a local photographer, Paige. We took the photos downtown on a Sunday afternoon. The weather was great and so was the company. Check out more of Paige's work at http://elizabethpaigephotography.com
Every time I go to McDonalds for coffee I order the same thing: a fresh medium cup of coffee with 1 squirt of sugar free syrup, 8 equal packs, and 4 creamers and each time a get a different variant of this request. Today I had to repeat my order 3 times and I still ended up with coffee without creamer or sugar. It's so bad that when I got home my nine year old said "so did they get your coffee right?" and I said "of course not" and she said "well hey, at least it's hot this time!" LOL:)
Here is a picture of Kennedy learning how to roll her R in the word gracias. Here are a few of the books we use daily In our daily calendar we learned that today is the anniversary of New Jersey being the third state to ratify the constitution. We also learned why birds migrate.
Tonight was Trinity's night to fly solo in the kitchen. On the menu: Baked teriyaki chicken, vegatable rice, and string beans with red potatoes. The dinner was delicious and Trinity can't wait to cook again next week!
Today was parent observation day in Kennedy's ballet and tap class. Miss Robyn has done a wonderful job with the girls this year. This is Kennedy's third year and she absolutely loves it. All of the children had a great time showing off their new moves for all of the parents.
So we finally got around to taking family pics today. The professional pics were taken by Paige, who was awesome. After she was done I pulled out the trusty camera to catch a few photos for the blog. I am so blessed to have a happy and healthy family. God is good!
Watch your thoughts for they become words, your words for they become actions. Understand your actions for they become your habits. Study your habits for they become your character. Develop your character for it becomes your destiny -unknown
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 Don't give what is holy to unholy people. Matthew 7:6 A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. Matthew 12:35 A wise woman builds her house; a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1 Bless the Lord, who is my rock. He gives me strength for war and skill for battle. Psalm 144:1