since we've been iced in the past 3 days i have been trying to find fun things to do with the kids. so today i decided that we would put the christmas tree up. we weren't sure about doing that this year (yet again) because our son is definitely at that destructive age. but i dont want to have to wait until he's 18 for us to decorate with a tree. so up it went and we decorated with mostly kid constructed decorations and definitely unbreakable decorations. and at this point im glad we did.
so for a kind of fun activity, a sort of advent, i wrapped all the christmas books that we had. the kids get to open one a day. for the most part they are enjoying it but audrey is alittle skeptical of the fun because she remembers some of these books. oh well. its a fun way to bring out the christmas books, one by one.
we had an ice day because we had freezing rain and below freezing temperatures. audrey was so excited when she woke up and saw what was on the ground. it looks like snow but its actually ice.
so after breakfast we bundled up and played in it for a short while. the kids both enjoyed it but with the windchill at 14 degrees, i was cold. i also broke a swing while trying to show audrey how thick the ice was on it. :(
since it is very cold today and we would be playing outside in the ice i decided to layer my socks. i meant to tell my daughter to do it also but i forgot. turns out i didnt need to. this little girl thought it up all on her own. she really is my daughter.
knee socks under regular socks, thats the way to do it.
went with the kids and my sister-in-law, sarah, to see the prairie lights because i had a half off coupon. hurray for coupons.
the girls all enjoyed it quite a bit. miles was not impressed and didnt like just sitting in his car seat while we inched along. he was also tired. but im glad we went because i had fun. thanks for coming with us sarah and taking good pictures. (i was driving so all the pictures are from sarah)
audrey was so happy
miles had already removed his socks, shoes and glasses by the time we were 5 minutes from our house.
this year i wanted to try something different for the thanksgiving food that i was assigned. we did a green bean crockpot recipe, it had bacon, soy sauce and garlic powder with the green beans. it was awesome. i also did an apple snack and pilgrim hat cookies. yes, all the ideas were from pinterest.
i had a super cute assistant making the pilgrim hats. we used peanut butter instead of frosting to stick the pb cups on the cookies.
we used leaf sprinkles for the buckle.
our apple snack with peanut butter/greek yogurt/honey dip.
wouldnt you want to be served at starbucks by this adorable barista?
our thankful tree. we are still missing jake's thankful leaves (he's been sick) so we have even more to be thankful for.
im thankful for alot this year but my tops are:
my God who has been my helper and guide lately
great school and teachers for my kiddos