|colorful lights on the playhouse, too|
When we started painting so many months ago I told David I was afraid we would leave the front undone for months at a time and it would be sooo embarrassing. So yes, we still have to put shutters on upstairs, and I kind of want to put a sign on the front yard that says, "YES, WE ARE MISSING SHUTTERS. COMING SOON. SORRY." Maybe if it would stop raining for five minutes so that hanging shutters could be safe.
This next cheerful picture is when I tried to get a nice Christmas picture of the kids. I'm not kidding, this was the best one.
Jonas got Llama Llama Jingle Bells for his Christmas book this year. So far I've read it 9,345 times. I thought it would be a good idea to show Jonas that reading with Daphne is just as fun as reading with mom. At least Daphne was happy about that plan.
|"don't take away my mama/book time!"|
But carols on the trumpet with Dad is always a good time. Jonas's favorite was singing/yelling along and sticking his hand up the bell.
Gingerbread houses. How do you feel? I hate that they fall apart so easily, so for the past few years we've just flipped ice cream cones upside down and decorated those like Christmas trees. Simple and kid friendly. But this year Daphne had been talking about gingerbread houses and how she would really like one, and then Ikea had them for $4.99, so I guess it was time to man up and let the kids do a house. I've heard several people say they hot glue theirs together, and ever the follower, that's what I did.
PROS: the house did not break while the kids decorated. The roof has since collapsed, but that would be from the piles of jujubes frosted onto the roof; the seams that I glued held fast. CONS: It was hard to glue because I had to hold the thing together for forever until the glue was totally set. It slid apart quite a few times while I was gluing. But since it held together so well the next day when the kids decorated, I would still hot glue if/when we do this in the future.
|we did trees, too|
I bought frosting for this project. Daphne exclaimed, "the frosting is ALREADY MADE? That is SO AMAZING!" Oh, the wonders of the modern world.
Nerds were one of the decorating candies.
Daphne: "Oh, Nerds! I love these! Do you, Christian?"
Christian: "I don't know, I've never eaten nerves before."
|he's eaten them now and approves. on the nerds, at least|
|You're really good at decorating, Jonas|
Also fun: Christmas trivia. FYI: Daphne is an expert in the Christmas song category. Out of the blue the other day she said, "You know what's an even prettier sight to see than holly on your own front door? Smiles on people's faces." Ha. What a little Christmassy nerd she is.
Christian is not so good at Christmas trivia. His answers are usually Jesus or Santa. We would just cheer and say "Yes! The reindeer who's name starts with 'B' is definitely Jesus! And also Blitzen."
Oh, this picture is nice of all three snuggled together for a Christmas movie. (Do not be too emotional over the sweetness in this picture. This is the same night Christian secretly put shampoo on Daphne's toothbrush.)
Happy Advent to you.