Here are just a few of the "small things" that made our December so great!
At the beginning of the month, I told the kids that I was taking anything that wasn't Christmas related down from the cabinets, Reese clearly wanted to make sure that the President kept his spot!
Reesie spent LOTS of time mastering math facts!
We took the kids to the Battle of Great Bridge reinactment. My little historian (Wyatt) had THE. BEST. TIME. Hudson making guns with his hands? I don't know where he got that!
We all went to the Great Brige Christmas Parade that night. The grandfather of one of Wyatt's friends was on this KISS float. He thought that was HYSTERICAL.
And Reese read the two little kids a bedtime story.
I was obviously in the Christmas spirit,
Finley just wanted to play on her blanket in front of the tree.
And our sweet family tree completed. We got this from The Home Depot because we didn't have time to make it our usual lot. Never again. This thing barely made it to Christmas!
We took these four to see Santa. Of course we had it planned perfectly, everyone's clothes were out, and we had promised them that we were going to see Santa. There was no other day! And then Wyatt had pencil shavings land in his eye at school that day. You can't really tell that he had an allergic reaction to them in this picture because his hair did a pretty good job blocking it.
And we followed it up with a trip to the Garden of Lights!
We had a crazy busy Saturday! Wyatt went to Derek's birthday party in the morning, his friend Cole's birthday right after, and then Reese went to Sophie's birthday at the same time! Having twin cousins is a lot of fun! Reese was able to paint a Mermaid and she had a blast choosing all the things she wanted to do.
And not to be outdone by our kids, Brian and I ended the night at a 30th birthday party for Stephanie while they were home from California! It was a busy day!
Has anyone seen Jeter?
In addition to subbing in a Kindergarten class the last week before break, I also had a First Grade party to pull off! Here's Reesie and Emma....
And Reesie with her friends Addy, Makena, and Hunter. They are super readers!
Speaking of Readers, this guy got his first one right before break! He had it last year, but we wanted to work on his writing a little before he started back with it. Once he was almost finished his Phonics Book (for the second time :)), he expressed more of an interest in starting to read again. And he hasn't stopped since!
The third graders put on a Winter "Snowcase." He would probably tell you that he doesn't like being on stage and singing, but he always gets into it and does a great job! His excitement about the colored shirt and the pants with a button was pretty low though, How dare I put this kid in pants with a BUTTON!?!?!?
We followed up his show with a trip to the "Crazy Light House."
The best thing about two older readers? Someone else to read with Hudson!
This was me at the end of my week of subbing! Cheers! And my kitchen wall looks crazy at Christmas. We love decorating with all of their original artwork. I save everything and put it in a folder that I store with our Christmas decorations. We love to pull it out every year and make the wall festive! This year we added our FINAL "golden handprint" from three year old class. WHAT?!
We had another crazy busy December day - Finley's dance showcase and Hudson's good friend Mason's birthday party. Fortunately Fletcher and his family took Hudson along so he wouldn't have to miss it! Hudson really has some of the sweetest friends. I'm so glad that these three have been together since they were in three year old class.
A HUGE moment from our December was the release of The Force Awakens. Brian went to see it the morning after it was released with all of the same friends he saw The Phantom Menace with. He took Wyatt the next morning (before Finley's recital), and then we took Hudson and Reese that night! Our new movie theater opened that weekend, too. We invited Wyatt along for this viewing, but he needed some time to process a big point in the movie...and after 5 viewings, he still prefers to wait in the hallway during that scene!
Reesie helped me make one of our favorite Christmas treats!
And our December weather was pure insanity. We went to the Holiday Lights at the Beach on December 23rd and it 75 degrees at night! We had Christmas music playing, the windows were down so we could hear the waves crashing, and we were checking out the lights. So fun!!! While Brian spent the whole week complaining about the warmth, I loved every minute of it. I'm ready to have it back!
And on Christmas Eve, we finally got around to making our Gingerbread Village. I LOVED that the kit came with 4 small houses - one for everyone!!!