Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Christmas Eve

We had our families traditional candlelight dinner with ham, potatoes, etc. Everything was delicious. My mom looks so pretty in this picture. I love it. 

My little girl!

She started liking soda for the first time ever. She loves it now. 
 I was so impressed with the Christmas Eve Program that my parents ward put on that evening. The children came in as there was a retelling of the nativity story along with multiple musical numbers. The children entered reverently and stayed reverent in front of the congregation during the hour-long presentation. It was very uplifting. I was glad to be able to be part of this worship service.
She was a great little angel.

He must have liked the cheesecake!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Quiet Christmas

Of course we missed getting to celebrate Christmas with all of my amazing siblings, their families, and Ben's family, but it was nice to get lots of attention.

Abby only had the dog to play with.

My mom worked very hard to prepare costumes for the special Christmas Eve program that her ward put on.

One of my mom's piano students gave her this beautiful sweater to give to Abigail. So cute!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Ta Da!

What a great way to join a fun holiday tradition with the true meaning of Christmas! Success. Way to go mom!

I love the little sheep.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Most Awesome Gingerbread Project

My mom planned so many fun activities for us during our visit. One of the highlights was making a gingerbread nativity. She baked the actual gingerbread pieces ahead of time.

We marked out the patterns on them as we prepared to frost the characters.

My dad supervised, or at least watched.

We were pretty proud of the set up. We put frosting on a marble slab that I used to use to make suckers when I was a teenager. Then we coated that with toasted coconut (my mom's great idea) and made a fence out of chocolate covered pretzels. The stable was hard to stabilize, ironically. We used lots of toothpicks to try and help it out, it didn't fall although it was a little lopsided.

She was very creative and precise in her decorating.

Benjamin was pretty creative too as he decorate the roof and made a path.

Our hands were so sore as we pipe out the precise decorations.

Perry made it out on our trip and continued his surprises and antics. Abby loved finding this note from Perry written using scrabble Cheez-its.

Pictures of the final product to come. It was hard for Abby to wait to eat the gingerbread nativity, while the rest of us just wanted it for decoration.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

On Our Way

The night before we left to visit my parents for Christmas, we had a minor emergency at our house. Abby was out of bed and being sneaky. She climbed into the window seat cupboard and it closed and smashed her thumb. She had a toy in her mouth similar to the one pictured below and was so startled when her finger got smashed that she swallowed it. I was pretty scared. This toy is part of a necklace set and is as big as a quarter. After consulting several friends, no one was too concerned so we just let it pass, literally. 
We didn't have any problems on the drive and although abby's finger was black and blue for months, it never fell off.

She has become a great traveler and entertains herself well on the drive. We checked out audio books on the kindle through our public library and she enjoyed listening to Fancy Nancy and other books. This was our last big road trip in our four door sedan.

Everybody was happy to see each other. We got there late, but luckily the greeting party was excited and cuddly.

She and Chessie had to become reacquainted. They were both jealous of each other.

The toy room was her favorite place to play.

Friday, April 25, 2014

J for Jesus

We made reindeer hats based on the tutorial found here: / They were especially cute because the "antlers" were made using the handprints of the student.
I started having the girls keep a book or a journal of sorts. They are to illustrate a picture and then write a "story" or a sentence to describe it. This time she decided to draw the nativity story. I loved it. At this stage the girls were telling me what they wanted to write and then I would dictate back letter by letter how to write. 

The First Christmas, baby Jesus was born. The three wise men gave baby Jesus gifts. Mary and Joseph look at baby Jesus.
 We also made Christmas cookies.

and Christmas gingerbread trains. We have a lot of fun, but I like how the girls get to use their hands so often and to strengthen those muscles. I am also proud of their creativity.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


We made orange juice. First I let the girls mash the oranges. This was quite entertaining. Then we juiced the oranges and enjoyed the fresh orange juice. I believe that this was still during "j" week.

We made orange jello jigglers and then used Christmas cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes.