Preparing for the Holiday

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Christmas cards are done and mailed. Presents are wrapped under the tree.

Matt, Chloe and I all pitched in to make Scotch eggs and sausage rolls (British food favorites) for us and for the holiday potluck at Matt's work.

The kids and I made Santa handprint ornaments as keepsakes and decorations for the tree---

Chloe paints her handprint.
Oliver loves to paint and was very excited to do this project--he said there wasn't enough painting though.
Emma Claire got in on the painting action.
The finished products.
Our babysitter, Cailley, even made some ornaments with Oliver and Emma Claire.
Oliver's is on the left and Emma Claire's is on the right.
Chloe had her school orchestra and choir concert for the holiday. She couldn't wait for me to see the surprise during the advanced orchestra's rendition of "Let It Snow" (spoiler alert: it snowed on stage!).
Chloe in all black, which she swore to me they had to wear. You be the judge---doesn't it look like A LOT of kids missed that important dress code announcement?
The 5th grade orchestra on stage.
And, Oliver's favorite Christmas tradition--the Advent Calendar. I opted for the Lego calendar this year instead of the traditional chocolate calendar. Just a few days in and I might lose my mind--Lego pieces everywhere! They get built and disassembled and scattered. But, it is the first thing they run to after waking up in the morning. They really like them.
Each child got a Lego Advent Calendar--Chloe on the left with Star Wars, Oliver in the middle with Lego City and Emma Claire on the far right with Lego Friends.
Day one of the advent calendar--putting their pieces together.


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