Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Playing Catch-Up

How in the world is it already 12 days until Christmas? 

Granted, the complete absence of snow and 40-degree temperatures have contributed to my feeling like we should have at least another month until the holiday.  I am still having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that this past Sunday morning I played Christmas carols with the church orchestra followed by a 3-mile run outside that very same afternoon while listening to "All I Want for Christmas is You" and "Jingle Bell Rock." 

Please do not interpret these as complaints.  The fact that I ran errands today in nothing more than yoga pants, a long sleeve T-shirt, and a puffy vest has me pretty thrilled.  However, if given the choice, I would much prefer 34 inches of snow in December rather than in March.  And, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't bummed about the fact that it is looking more and more like we may not be getting a white Christmas this year.   

Anyway, the season has definitely kept us busy, leaving little time for blogging.  When we haven't been watching "The Nutcracker" or addressing Christmas cards and wrapping Christmas gifts, we've been busy making paper Christmas wreaths or dipping pirouette wafer cookies in chocolate and making Rolo pretzels with peanut butter M&Ms. 

Last Friday night we even took the kids to a Bethlehem market at a local church that had a live nativity and tons of Christmas-themed crafts geared for preschool and early elementary aged kids.   In addition to signing their names on the census, the kids were also given gold coins to "purchase" their crafts at the different locations around the "city."  Allie and Zach had a blast visiting the inn and making their own pillowcases, talking with the shepherds and making their own sheep, making a star ornament and watching stars with the wise men, visiting the palace and making their very own crown, and making a picture frame for the family picture that was taken that evening.  It was a really neat event and despite having to give up his coins, even Zach said he had a great time. 

In preparation for Jesus' Birthday, we've also began our advent calendar.  Although all three kids look forward to opening the door each day, discovering which nativity character is inside, and reading the corresponding scripture passage, Olivia is especially enamored by the advent calendar. 

The other big news around here:  Allie lost another tooth!

It has been loose for quite some time and we were all incredibly thankful that she finally yanked that thing out.  Unfortunately, less than five minutes after it was out of her mouth, she proclaimed that she didn't like the feel of "the really huge hole" and wanted it back in.  Oh boy.  It doesn't work that way, Allie-babe!

It appears that Allie lost her tooth just as another member of our family is close to getting one. 

In addition to chewing on everything within reach, she's been a little crabbier than normal.  Hopefully that new tooth will make its appearance soon. 

And, just because it is cute, here are some pictures of Olivia trying desperately to put her doll's bib on herself.  It was actually really funny--we all got a kick out of it!

Whew...how's that for a marathon update?  I think that about covers it, though.  Ben has been super busy with work lately and I've been busy keeping up with everyone's schedules and the ever-growing mountain of laundry....which reminds me, I have a load in the washer that is ready, at this moment, to be switched to the dryer. 

We're definitely looking forward to the upcoming Christmas break with time off school and work.  Hmmmm....does that mean I get to play laundry hooky too? 

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