Putting up the last advent symbol.
Preparing for the Christmas play. They take their parts seriously. (sorry about the red-eye!).
Hanging the stockings with care.
I expect most people are ready to move on to the new year and don't want to see another Christmas blog, but I must document for posterity's sake. The week before Christmas, we all consecutively acquired a lovely stomach bug. This was in direct answer to my prayer to God that "if we were going to get this thing, please send it before Corwin's arrival and before Christmas". He graciously acquiesced starting with Wally and ending with Rhianwen on Christmas Eve. Amazing to say the least! God really does answer prayers in detailed ways! So, Christmas was a quiet one of recovery and no travel and ended in lots of snow. It was really quite lovely.
My Christmas morning favorites: reading Luke 2, running down the hall yelling "Jesus is born!!!", singing happy birthday to Jesus, Rhianwen and Alden insisting that "baby Jesus" (ie. the baby doll in the basket from the previous night's Christmas play) be in the family room before opening any gifts.
Blowing out Jesus' birthday candles.
What Rhianwen did for most of the day: fashion stickers.
What Alden did most of the day: drilled.
Good thing it's not a metal pole.
Falling in the snow. Thankful for snowpants!
We postponed our trip to Conway until New Years to avoid infecting anyone. Sadly, this meant missing seeing Uncle Skipper.
Great Grandpa and a real live Tam o' Shanter straight out of Peter Rabbit.
The marble run fascinated everyone. I think Uncle Christopher and Wally had more fun with it than the kids!
Tickle time with Grandpa.
Grandma Nanny Kim reading Rhianwen's new favorite book: The Paper Princess. I got it from Goodwill, and when it arrived, I saw it was signed by the author including a little hand-drawn sketch of the paper princess!!! I love this story too, so I'm so glad I'm reading a book daily that I enjoy. Alden's new favorite book is The Knight and the Dragon, very cute too.
My parents are selling their house, and Rhianwen asked, "How can they fit that house in a store?". So cute. She manages to ask new questions every day even if it's about a book that I've read to her 10 million times. It keeps things interesting, and I hope I am encouraging her curiosity most of the time. Sometimes, all I want to do is rush through and pack them off to bed.