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Wednesday, December 19, 2007


so we've borrowed a tradition from pete's aunt (thanks becky!). after her kids moved out she wrote a book about the things she had done with them (special traditions, things she learned, etc.) she sent me one and one of the things we adopted was letter days. it can be done anyday with any letter but for christmas, work the letters backward on the calendar and then each letter is it's own day. you can make a meal that starts with the letter. do an activity that starts with the letter. you get the idea. so here's where we are so far....

C - we actually kind of fudged this one a bit. 1. becuase i wasn't all that organized and 2. because the thought of making more cookies was not appealing to me. mia and i spent all last week baking. now, you may think i exagerate when i say this. oh no. see we had a christmas open house/party for our entire church on saturday and we were prepared to give the people desserts. we made 100 dozen cookies (again, this is not an exageration). too bad for us it snowed...alot and our turn out was drastically hindered by the weather. we have cookies, cookies and more cookies at our house. some will be wrapped up and handed to neighbors, some will go to grandparents houses and some are being handed to anyone who happends to knock at our door. =) (the picture is of mia and her friend emma "helping" with the sprinkles. two 2 years olds with sprinkles, two 1 year olds underfoot and two moms trying to hear ourselves think over the giggling, beeping ovens, sprinkles hitting the floor, babies vying for attention and general insanity that insues when baking with small children. ya gotta love it!)

H - we had hotdogs and hamburgers for dinner then made a house out of gingerbread. okay, quick mom note here ... read the directions before attempting this task with small children. we were doing fine until we got to the part where it said "wait one hour for house to set." um, bedtime is in about 45 minutes. not going to happen. so we very carefully iced the roof anyway and decorated away. the house stayed intact and mia had a great time. asher loved chasing the stray candies that hit the floor then he and daddy took a little toy room break from the action. thanks to grandma for bringing us the house. i think we have definately found a new tradition.

R - tonight was rigatoni with red sauce and red juice to drink. then we made rudolph the red nosed reindeer (out of her hands - for antlers and a foot - for the face). we tried to do this with asher too but trying to get a 13 month old to hold still long enough to trace his hand or his foot was not in the cards today. we had a pretty hilarious time trying though. =) then we read christmas books. we have a red tin basket that we keep all our christmas books in and i think we read through almost all of them. there was a slight battle for lap space and then over which book to read when but all in all a good night. it was so great to sit in front of our tree, with the stockings on the fireplace, a little christmas jazz in the background and read christmas stories with the kids.

now here's my dilemma. what in the world do you eat that starts with "I"? we're going to do ice cream for desert but i have no idea for the meal part. we though about italian but since we just had that tonight i wasn't too sure. if you have any good ideas let me know!!


The Maines Family Blog said...

i love all the pictures...but especially the one of the girls with sprinkles! looks like lots of holiday fun at your home!
merry christmas! i theme i will think and if i come up with something i will let you know!

librariane said...

Yea! I absolutely love the letter tradition--I have great memories of doing it on birthdays and Christmas. :)

For 'i' you have to whip out those adjectives or get really creative, like calling mashed potatoes 'igloo glue'. And don't forget Indian and Irish foods!

gianna said...

I forgot all about this idea! And I'm married to her son! Maybe next year when I have THREE kids I will have time to think about this. Sounds like a lot of fun! I'm glad your kids are enjoying it!
I--play with Icing!

Amy and Scott said...

Inchworms and Iguanas ... that's all I got! I have really enjoyed reading all your latest entries - you have a real knack for writing.
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

Katherine said...

Cookies and kids can be fun (and extremely messy!) I will have to keep this idea in mind for the future.