Thursday, December 25, 2014

December 13-19: Christmas routines

December 13.  Kimball's piano teacher offered us some free tickets to the symphony for the Here Comes Santa Clause performance.  It was really fun for the boys to see Abravanel Hall and hear the symphony.  Although it was only an hour, they were bored about half way through.

Our elf, Pippen, was hugging Baby Jesus today.

December 14.  Sunday was our cousin gift exchange.  John and Jill made a delicious pork roast with rosemary.  We also attempted a nativity, which was just a little chaotic.

December 15.  Monday was Stanford's preschool Christmas program.

December 16-17.  We have developed some fun routines for the Christmas holiday.  First thing in the morning the kids get to eat a chocolate from calendars they got from Pippen the elf on December 1st.  Next they like to see what is new in the computer advent calendar from Nana and Papa.  In the evening we open one of the Christmas books I have wrapped.  We are loving these small moments of celebrating Christmas together.  I love to see the pictures that the kids draw.  Below is one of Kimball's.

December 18.  On Thursday we spent the morning running errands.  Stanford refused to go to Preschool like he does nearly every morning and I was too tired to fight him.  I also let him wear his old tiger costume which is size 24 months.  The triumph of the day was fixing the vacuum with a new belt.

 December 19.  Kimball used the blocks to recreate the 12 days of Christmas.  It's hard to tell, but in there are 12 lords a leaping, 11 ladies dancing, 10 drummers drumming, 9 pipers piping, 8 maids a milking, 7 swans a swimming, 6 geese a laying, 5 gold rings, 4 calling birds, 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.  (He would refer to the partridge as a "tar pidgeon" until he could remember it correctly).

Saturday, December 20, 2014

December 6-12: Christmas festivities abound!

December 6.  Saturday morning was our Ward Christmas Breakfast.  After we ate they took all the kids out into the hall and did an impromptu Nativity.  Kimball was Joseph.  Stan refused to participate.

In the afternoon Kimball had a piano recital at a retirement home.  He was so excited to play.

December 7.  Sunday was our Stake Conference.  The last few times we have listened in the Nursery Room.

Kimball took LOTS of pictures of animals he built with the LEGOs.  I'll spare you and only post one.

We went to Grandma and Grandpa Hansen's for dinner.  Kimball then took pictures of something else he built.

December 8.  Monday morning Abby tried to seek into Kimball's school by lining up with the kindergartners.  She thinks she is so big.

After school we made Christmas chocolates with our neighbors.

Then we met Ed and Cyndy at a gingerbread house festival up at This Is The Place Park.  It was super fun.  We saw lots of fun houses, played with play dough, ate cookies, and the kids got their faces painted, which I later regretted because they had school the next day.

December 9-11.  Tuesday through Thursday were busy days with Mom trying to squeeze work in.

One day Stan was playing with a puzzle.  He asked me which piece I wanted.  When I told him I wanted the whale he said I couldn't because it wasn't on sale.  Ha!  

December 12.  Friday night we made caramel popcorn, got out the blow up bed, and had cousins over for a Christmas movie.

I tend to get mauled whenever I sit down.

Monday, December 8, 2014

November 29 - December 5: Lots of Lights!

November 29.  We finished up the Christmas decorations on Saturday.  In the evening we met John, Jill, their kids, and Charlotte and the food court in City Creek.  It was packed!  We strolled over to Temple Square afterwards.  We didn't get to see John in his choir performance but were happy to spend time with family.

November 30.  Sunday morning Kimball was the first up and found on Pinterest how to make a snake with toilet paper rolls and string.  Then he made a home for it in a box with a Christmas pillow.  Sometimes he makes me tired.

December 1.  On Monday Pippen made his return.

December 2.  Sometimes we have to wait for Stanford to get out of preschool.  This is how Abby and Kimball pass the time.

December 3.  On Wednesday evening the Young Women had a service project at the church.  I got to drop of the kids for three hours(!) and go Christmas shopping.  Best. Service. Ever.

December 4.  Thursday is piano lessons.  Stan, Abby and I enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather in the Holt's back yard.

December 5.  Abby got her hair done by my neighbor Veronica while I went to a meeting for the PDA.  We ended our week with a trip to Zoo Lights with Grandma and Grandpa Hansen where we saw Santa.  Kimball says to me, "Every time I see Santa he looks a little different."  This kid misses nothing.  Abby was none to happy about sitting with total strangers.  Stan wouldn't even get in a picture.  Kimball is wearing an old coat of mine since we lost his.  It was found under the stroller at the end of the night.


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