The absolutely love seeing the kids first thing in the morning when they find our elf. Yes, it's a ton of work and thought put forth for this month, but the rewards are so much more. I feel as if there will only be a few more years that Leah will believe and we are on borrowed time with Seth so I am taking the time to enjoy every single morning this year. I love the magic of Christmas time.
Thursday, December 08, 2016
This year Seth actually asked if he could make his own gingerbread house so I was thrilled that he wanted to join in on the fun.
The kids worked on their houses for almost 2 hours and had such a great time.
Seth possibly ate as much candy as he put onto his house.
He also ate a ton of the frosting. Yuck.
We sat down and chatted after they were done about what candies they enjoyed working with, what was their favorite part of their house, etc. It was so comical.
Happy Holidays from these crazy kids.
Posted by JCharlton at 9:21 AM
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Leah made her First Reconciliation on Saturday like a champ.
On Saturday night our friend Sommer came over and braided Leah's hair all beautiful for the ball.
She and Roland looked absolutely stunning together and they had an AMAZING evening.
We had a little girlie cocktail party at our house before the ball so the girls could have some snackies and see each other for pictures prior.
Grace, Alexandra, Lead, Avery and Adi
Time Out for Shopkins
Leah saw so many of her little buddies and had the absolute best time.
Her first Sugar Plum Ball was an utter SUCCESS.
Last night we went to the WHS vs. IHC basketball game and the kids sat behind the players.
They had such a great time.
Bean actually had a much better time than this picture portrays. Ha.
Posted by JCharlton at 10:36 AM
Friday, December 02, 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Leah is truly happy when she is doing two things...crafting and cooking. We have been doing tons of both lately so she is all smiles.
This craft took a LONG time, but we did it together and had such a blast.
Cody our elf returned finally and the kids are overjoyed.
He even made up a behavior chart. (Smart elf)
As you can see, Seth needs a little work on his behavior.
Seth's teacher sent me this text and it completely made my day. She has a class elf and he has been causing all sorts of trouble in the class. I love that she is keeping the magic in Christmas even at the 5th grade level. Seth is LOVING it.
Posted by JCharlton at 9:36 AM
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Thanksgiving vacation was truly amazing. We had an unexpected snow day that week so we almost had an entire week off school. One day of work wasn't too bad. Leah was a huge helper with Thanksgiving prep this year.
Leah and Caitlin were even able to get together for a play date. They hadn't seen each other since early October so they had tons of girlie fun and even sent Judi a sweet little video to make her smile.
I snuck out and met up with some family for a Tom & Jerry the day before Thanksgiving.
We played in our annual Parents VS: Kids soccer game on Wednesday.
Thursday morning we were up and out the door to start the day off right.
This was the first Turkey Run for Leah and Poppy. They finished in 34 minutes. We are super proud of them.
Seth ran with Nico and Jack this year and the three came in 1st. They were over the moon excited.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving day and meal at our house. We are so grateful that everyone is still able to join us.
Leah and Uncle David chilled out on the couch for quite some time chatting.
Roland can't just cook a turkey and be done, he also cooked a pork roast as well.
Aunt Joan and Uncle Justin wound the kids up.
Later in the night we broke out some games and had tons of laughs.
On Friday we tried a new tree farm in Mexico and absolutely loved it. We cut down a fresh tree, sat by the fire and had some treats.
On Saturday Seth's team participated in a round robin basketball tournament. It's the first time Seth has played with his new 5-6 team and what a huge difference it was. The boys are so much taller in this league. It was tons of fun to watch and we had a great morning of basketball.
Amazing group of boys
The little sisters who always get dragged to sporting events making the most of it.
Sunday we decorated the house and the tree.
Monday, Leah got her basketball jersey. She will be on the Little Clippers, second grade team at the Y and she is super excited.
Monday night we headed to Lowville to grocery shop, change the bed, have dinner and put up Gram's small den tree. We are all loving all the holiday spirit and enjoying every second of it.
Posted by JCharlton at 9:25 AM