The Christmas Countdown (Days 16 – 20)

Yay! The countdown is almost done! Are you all prepared? I still have presents to wrap and tomorrow, on Christmas Eve, I plan to bake cookies with the kids to leave out for Santa.

12.16.13 : ribbon wreath : I somehow didn't take the final picture, but this was our inspiration. I cut out the middle of two paper plates and Anna + I painted the outside rim. She wanted hers pink, I painted mine in traditional green. She was a perfectionist and didn’t leave a spot of white on her wreath. Later, after dinner, once the paint dried, we decorated with assorted ribbons. She cut, I glued.
12.17.13 : Snowman Soup : We put together these fun gift bags for Anna’s classmates at school and I made myself a cup afterwards.
Also happened that night: books! It took us until mid-December to start reading Christmas books. Next time, for seasonal books, I will plan better and start reserving them at the library weeks in advance. We read a stack of Christmas books that night – a favorite around here is How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas.
Reading Christmas books!
12.18.13 : My parents came over to watch the kids so Luke and I could go to his company’s holiday dinner. Now that my life revolves around the kids, I realized this evening just how bad I am at social functions and meeting new people. I can talk to fellow moms for hours, but don’t have two words to say to anyone else. So bad! Tell me I am not alone. Anyway, the mashed potatoes and stuffed shrimps were what I remembered the most. Oh and the gift exchange, we ended up with this crazy fur hat that I am modeling in the selfie.
Picture taken the next day.

12.19.13 : paper chain craft : We had plans to go downtown to look at the National Christmas Tree and to visit Santa's Workshop, but bad traffic kept us at home. Instead, we made this simple paper chain to hang around the kids’ tree. This was a project that Will actually participated in! I love our kids’ tree so much, it’s going to be a tradition for us.
12.20:13 : It was a day of solo parenting and lots of running around and by the end of the night, I was more than done. I gave the kids candy canes and sent them to bed early.
Today's activity - eat candy cane.  (I am out of energy)


  1. I got tired just seeing how busy you've been!

  2. That hat is so funny and fun! At parties, I usually ask a lot of questions so I don't have to do much talking :).


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