I love this time of year. I love trying to come up with new traditions for our little family and carrying over traditions from mine and Kyle’s and making them our own. This year we decided to carry on a tradition of his parents’ and bought our girls each a Little Golden Book to unwrap Christmas morning. The girls have Kyle’s books from when he was a little boy all stacked on their bookshelves; it’s neat to look inside the cover and see Kyle, 5 years old, Christmas 1987 written there in his mom’s handwriting. Erm… I hope I did that math right! Heh.
Anyway. I talked about some of the traditions we’ve started in my last post. Speaking of, what are some awesome excuses to give Jovi for when the elf is lazy and doesn’t move places overnight? ……..
So far we’ve held fast to a few of our annual things, like the Parade of Lights.
Jovi (unbeknownst to us) had strep and an ear infection at the time this was taken. We knew she wasn’t feeling super hot, but didn’t know the extent until 2 days later. Speaking of germs from hades, Aven is in a round of antibiotics herself for strep as well! Happy Holidays!
We met our friends and their kids there and watched the parade together. And drank peppermint schnapps and hot chocolate. Um, not the kids.
My parents came too. I love that they’re such involved grandparents! They want to share in the girls’ holiday experiences just as much as we do.
Every night after we all get home from work and school, we “open” a stocking and do that night’s activity. I must confess that I’ve subbed “make hot chocolate” for “make ornaments” a couple of times… Good thing neither of them can read yet!
Look at those spaghetti hands!
This weekend Kyle was working and I had big plans for the kitchen. The girls helped me (as much as they could, and as much as I would let them…) and we made….
..chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles.
…… and peanut butter cups. Which look super messy in that photo!
That was all we did Saturday, and it was enough. We took a break that afternoon (due to a certain small toddler’s mood swings) and played.
She looks a little mischievous, right?
And that look? I get that ALL. THE. TIME. People don’t believe me that she’s a little firecracker because she has this mask of sweetness. But believe me… she is all over the place and her mood turns on a dime. And no patience! She probably gets all that from her dad.
Today, while I dipped and decorated Oreo Truffles, I had Jovi (and Aven, sorta) paint clothespins for a project we did for Jovi’s preschool classmates. I also made rum balls – yum!! Anything with rum is +1 in my book. But I digress…..
Aven’s wonky hair is from pulling out her ponytail. Or the swirly I gave her; not sure.
Oreo truffles. *Homer drool*
I mean… I can’t even. Chocolate, cream cheese and peppermint? Yes please.
The cute little treat bags we made, inspired by Pinterest. If you guys are not on Pinterest yet, WHY NOT? It is awesomely addicting and I have to choose my Pinterest-seeking wisely because all the sudden three hours will go by and my kids fed themselves string cheese and dog biscuits for dinner. It’s that addicting. Add me if you haven’t: injeneral. Yay for new Internet addictions!
No photos of the rum balls because
I ate them all they’re still in the fridge waiting to be rolled. In coconut. Oh yes.