Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Here and There


It's only 10:45 in the morning and the girls have already finished up their gingerbread houses, which came out adorable, and I actually have some free time to enjoy some coffee and watch my favorite movie The Family Stone while the girls are making a ruckus in their rooms(they are soooo loud!)  Anywho here are a few pictures I've taken throughout the month of bits and pieces of our Christmas home that I wanted to show before it was too late.  Can't believe it's just 4 short days away!  
Hope you are all finding time to enjoy the season!












Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas at School

Hurray for 2 weeks off from school!!!
Brooklyn's last day was Thursday when they had a Christmas party and got to wear their pajamas.  I dropped her off that morning and then rushed back home to get some last minute things done, like wrap presents and organize presents as fast as possible so I could get back to help out at her party.

teacher gifts
When I got into her class they were finishing up some last minute details to their gifts they had made for us so I had to make sure not to peak because we like to wait til Christmas morning to see what we get.


After that was all taken care off the class got together and sat in a circle to do their gift exchange.


I caught Brooklyn and her friend Alyssa cuddling together, they are just too sweet!



Each kid took turns sitting in the middle of the circle opening their gift.  Brooklyn's gift could not have been more appropriate for her, she loved it of course!




After all the gifts were open they gathered in the front of the class to listen to their teacher read some books and the other teacher and I got their pizza and cookies ready for them.  After a quick prayer they were off to their seats to eat.


This girl sure loves pizza!


Before it was time to go home they played a couple of games.  Here's Brooklyn trying to keep the bow on her head. 
We got to come home with all of her adorable Christmas crafts she made throughout the past month and a few goodies from her friends and teachers.  She had such a fun Christmas celebration at school.


Kayla had two days of fun this past month at school.  A couple of Friday's ago she had pajama day and got to watch The Polar Express while they all got to drink hot cocoa for most of the day.
Here she is in her pajamas with Gingy, her gingerbread gal she had to take along with her for the month of December and then write a story about for her monthly homework assignment.



Yesterday she took her teacher gifts in and they spent they day decorating gingerbread cookies.  


They covered their plates with frosting so that the cookies would stick to the plate and they could decorate how they wanted.  Kayla said she did a boy and a girl gingerbread holding a kiss together.  I love the shoes and check out the yellow m&m's for the girls hair and mini choc. chips for the boys hair!!


I just love the imaginations kids have!
We had to display it so off went my favorite Fitz and Floyd plate so that I could display this beauty,


As soon as they were home they were off playing together with a few breaks here and there to read or play a leap pad.  I got some baking done and then relaxed a little until hubby got home so we could go to our favorite mexican restaurant for dinner.  
Now I have both girls home until January 5th which I know is gonna fly by but I'm definitely looking forward to some lazy mornings for the next two weeks!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Performances

It's been a week full of performances around here.  Brooklyn had been waiting for her Christmas Performance for the past two months talking about it and so excited to be in it!  Tuesday night was the night and she loved every second being up on that stage.  She might have even been a bit pushy making sure nobody stood in front of her by nudging the others when they crowded her space.  Girl was born to be on stage, in fact I think I have two stage stars in the future!   Anywho Brooklyn had hoped to be Mary in the play but instead was a townsperson.  She wasn't thrilled with her costume because, well she is Brooklyn and loves to be fancy but her part was absolutely perfect.
She had the best line of the show and was the last one to speak.  It was beyond adorable and we were so proud of her!


Brooklyn and her best buddy, Ali




video

"and when we trust in Jesus we give him the very best gift we could ever give, we give him OURSELVES!"


Such a fun night supporting our little girl!





Kicking off the week of performances was Kayla with her Sundance Singers Choir which performed last Saturday at her schools breakfast with Santa.
They sang three carols and helped us get in the Christmas spirit.



Killing time while we waited for it to start, Brooklyn of course wanted a picture of herself and then took one of  mommy and daddy.


Kayla and her pal Robbie after their performance



Last night was the last performance of the week ending with Kayla and all of the 2nd graders reciting Twas' the Night Before Christmas and singing and dancing to the cutest Christmas songs I've ever heard.  Whoever choreographed their moves was a genius, definitely my favorite singing performance so far!!!  I'll try to get a video of one of the songs up here later this evening but not sure if it will let me post such a long video.  After the show the grandparents all came back for some cupcakes and coffee and celebrated the little stars in the house.  





Kayla did so good with her awesome dance moves and has the confidence to do so(girl knows how to shake it and I have no idea where she got it from!).  


searching the audience trying to find her family



I might be exhausted after this busy week but I sure do wish we could go back in time and watch each of their performances over and over again!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Magic


"Magic is something you make"
This is one of my favorite quotes that rings true around the holiday season.  With Kayla approaching what might just be her last year "Believing" I treasure these moments of family traditions and fun even more.  She has mentioned lately a boy in her class who doesn't believe in Santa because it's silly but quickly reassured me that she still believes in Magic!   I'm hoping she holds onto this for the rest of her life and hoping I can create as much magic as possible for her and her sister to hold on to.
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is our version of the Polar Express.  Last Friday Kayla had Polar Express day at school and they watched the movie with their classmates and Brooklyn and I watched it together at home that same day so I figured this past weekend would be the perfect time to play it all out.  Since we had already watched the movie the day before I decided to read the book instead.  Just like last year I thought they would have a hunch about what the night held but neither had any idea what was going to happen.   After reading the book the girls got ready for bed only to find their golden tickets laying upon their pillows.  I kid you not they still get extremely excited.  Brooklyn screaming with excitement and Kayla doing her crazy dance they love this little tradition so much making it even more amazing for us as parents!
After slippers are put on and everyone is ready the girls must get their tickets punched and then climb into their seats where they will always find a Santa hat, milk and something sweat to eat.
Mommy and daddy stop for some coffee and then we are off to check out Christmas lights nearby all while listening and some singing of Christmas carols.  After about an hour or so of fun it's time to head back home to climb into bed.  Brooklyn is always already passed out in the back seat, which this year she asked if we could please go home because she was so tired and wanted to go to sleep in her bed(she's definitely my daughter!)  
Our Polar Express night in pictures,