Oh, the pictures. There are sooo many pictures…
You know how it is at the beginning of a New Year. You all of a sudden have this burst of energy to start organizing anything and everything (I know it’s not just me!). In fact, this afternoon I cleaned out 2 closets and Seth ran to Home Depot to buy supplies for his new “project”. Usually all this energy dies out on or around January 3rd. Here’s hoping I can get a few more closets done before then!
But as I was saying…the pictures. I just loaded over 200 on the computer, which can only mean one thing. We had a great Christmas! I will attempt to put the last couple weeks in order…
You may be familiar with the Elf on a Shelf. The concept is that Santa sends a special elf, straight from the North Pole, to hang out around your house and spy on little boys and girls. Each night he “flys” back to the North Pole to report to Santa the happenings around the house. CBS also aired a cute little movie about the elf, which Jake watched no less than 100 times. So yes, we were MORE than familiar with the idea. Meet Chippy:
I wish I’d taken more pictures of his whereabouts around the house, but on this particular day he ended up on the tree. Chippy was so mischievous and also hung out in our nativity scene, on top of light fixtures, above the front door, and even in the boys’ rooms. All during December, the first thing Jake did every morning was run and look for Chippy. For awhile he was actually a good disciplining tool. Jake was careful to act very nice because I kept telling him Chippy would tell Santa to take away presents if he wasn’t good. But by mid-December, it was all out the window. I think I’d “taken away” all Christmas presents about 15 times and Chippy’s presence became ineffective. Good thing Santa had the good sense to reconsider his naughty & nice list before Christmas morning!!
We read lots of books, especially Christmas ones. For some reason, Jake wanted to read every single book on his shelf this day. That killed a lot of time!
And p.s. you may notice that Jake is in his pjs in the majority of these pictures. For some reason, he has a new obsession with staying in his pjs (specifically footed ones!). If we aren’t going anywhere I let it slide. But I promise I do get him dressed as much as I can.
We played with our new Little People nativity scene. This was such a great way to teach the birth of Jesus. And especially the part how monster trucks watched from afar.
Also, we uncovered the ancient scriptures that recorded the tow truck taking baby Jesus for a ride in his manger.
We made a mean gingerbread house. I remember being so disappointed last year when Jake just wanted to eat the candy. Well, this year was no exception!
I know you’re just speechless right now. Yes, we are considering doing this professionally.
The main reason the house didn’t get decorated to my liking was because SOMEONE kept stealing the bag of icing to help himself. Perhaps this is why we had so many discipline problems in December. Sugar crashes, anyone?
What a goober!
And p.p.s. I promise Drew was around this month. We just did a lot of our activities while he was napping!
Then we made cookies for Santa. I remember always making sugar cookies with my mom (and probably my sisters? It was a long time ago and I am old so I don’t remember). I love homemade sugar cookies so this was a tradition I was going to keep! Jake had a blast cutting out the cookies and did surprisingly well for an amateur baker.
Oh the mess…
Jake has also perfected his “cheese” face this month! It’s so natural. I can’t look at this picture without laughing!
Patiently waiting for the cookies to bake. We made snowmen, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, Santas, stars, and snowflakes. Oh, and a random dog bone.
Melt my heart. I will say it again. Melt.my.heart. Like I’ve said before, it’s taken a good 6 months, but Jake finally loves his little brother! And Drew looooves him. Ok, one more time…
Melt my heart!
The best part of baking cookies was decorating them of course.
And there’s that au natural cheese face again!
I can’t say it enough, but I love my little boys so much! I was so glad that Jake enjoyed preparing for Christmas this year. We went on a walk almost every evening to look at Christmas lights and I think he made almost every Christmas craft possible between church, school, and home! Most importantly, we wanted him to know the real reason for the season. I tried to insert Jesus everytime Santa was mentioned. I know it’s too much for him to comprehend now but hearing that sweet boy pray every night is a good enough start for me!
Many many more posts to come. I will get to them between organizing closets, writing syllabi for the Spring semester, cleaning my house, loving on my kids, enjoying my husband, and running errands…AGH!