12/5/11-Each year, it is our tradition to celebrate Christ with our Advent calendar and a number of deeds, activities and tasks during the month of December. The boys really look forward to rotating turns between placing the stickers on the wall calendar and digging in the pockets of the advent tree. Tonight's surprise was a snicker a piece! They love to hang out underneath the tree and read books, snack, chat and chill. I use these times to talk about traditions and where they come from. I want to teach them the commercial and religious aspects of holidays and the things around them, so they are always informed. This week we've put up the tree, decorated the house and gathered outgrown clothing to donate.
11/27/2011 - Today we bid farewell to Auntie as she begins the collegiate path to becoming an Orthodontist! I'm elated! The usual path in becoming an orthodontist is a four-year undergraduate degree, four years of dental school and two to three years in an orthodontics program. So I'll be getting my free pair of invisaligns from Dr. A, in say... 2022? :-)
We wanted to surprise Auntie with a celebration lunch and surround her with lots of positivity, love and encouragement before she left. Nicholas colored posters for her! I ordered food. We got cupcakes and a couple friends joined in. We sang "Happy College to YOU!", but the boys ears started to bleed... We just wanted to wish our college girl well, and let her make some wishes of her own too! We got our squeezes in before she left. Nicholas held on the tightest. But I had the hardest time letting go. ...and so there she goes. Off to school, in her fancy new "all HER own" vehicle, packed to the brim, full of Independence and future success. Our College Girl!
11/23/11 - Tonight the boys and I are making a Thanksgiving craft. We're just using a cardboard sheet and some cardstock we had laying around the house to make a Turkey.
We've been talking and praying about things we're thankful for, and also how we show/feel appreciation. Nick's job was coloring the turkey's body and Nathan's job was to trace, cut and color our handprints.
I helped with writing out on each finger, things we all are thankful for and everyone got to stick the feathers on the bird. It's always interesting to see what the boys come up with. I was especially touched to see that "family" was embedded in their thoughts, and then the simplest of things like cars and cartoons made the cut as well. We each also wrote down our favorite thanksgiving foods! Turned out to be a super cute and sturdy piece of table decor we'll have and use for years to come. Thanksgiving morning, the little turkeys were joined by their father bird for breakfast. I tried to make eggs, oatmeal, pancakes and bananas into birds. We'll say an "A "for effort! LOL I let the kids drink out of "fancy" glasses and they were tickled. After that, I shipped them out to Dad's for the day with extra servings of pie and ice cream! Check out today's food indulgence :-) Roasted butter and herb turkey breast, jasmine rice and gravy, mixed greens, sweet potato cornbread stuffing, mac&cheese and pumpkin pie with vanilla bean ice cream. Auntie Drea and I went to the movies and ate wayyy to much pie. It was a HAPPY Thanksgiving, after all! Breaking Dawn was good!
THIS particular space within our walls is very special. Creating this room was definitely a form of vicarious living. I always dreamed of having a play room full of "just for me" things as a child. I can really see the value and purpose come to life here for the boys. It's a space that provides ownership, relaxation, creativity, comfort and is even essential in our day to day doings. The kids can be themselves, make a mess, play, paint, imagine, sleep, draw, lounge, snack, etc. etc. A LOT of memories are made in this space. A LOT of imagination. It's the perfect platform to capture the true essence of childhood.