Sunday, December 21, 2014

To be continued?

I'm way behind on these advent posts.  And I feel like they are possibly the most boring blog posts ever to be written.  I may not finish sharing them all.

Perhaps I need to make a resolution to be a better blogger in 2015??

Friday, December 19, 2014

December 13: Drive around and look at Christmas lights

Again, no pictures.

The plan was to drive to Peoria to see their Holiday Lights display.  But then we heard that on the weekends people were sometimes waiting in line for HOURS just get into the park and see the disply.  Considering that it would take three hours of driving time just to get there and back, we didn't figure it was worth that much time in the car.

Instead, we found a local park that had a newly set up display of lights.  We drove through, the girls oohed and awed at the lights, Santa met us at the end with candy canes, and then we went home.

December 12: Christmas Party

Tonight we had our small group Christmas party.  And a group of people from our church were hosting a babysitting night to raise money for an upcoming mission trip.  It worked out perfectly for us...all of our small group could send their kids to the babysitting night allowing us to have a kids free party!

So the girls went to their "party" with the babysitters, while Daniel and I joined our friends for a fun night celebrating Christmas.

It was a good time, but I failed at taking any pictures at all.

December 11: Sing Christmas Carols

The idea for this night was for me to play the piano, and everyone else could sing a long.  Sounds like a nice Christmas-y thing to do with our musical family, right?

Yeah, it really wasn't a hit.  Isla danced around a little, but Audrey didn't really want to sing.

Then I thought Audrey could play the piano while we sang, since she has learned how to play a few Christmas songs this year.  But then Audrey messed up on one of her songs, and our little perfectionist got upset.  And that was the end of the Shelton family Christmas carol night.

Maybe we will try again next year.  Or maybe not!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December 10: Snowball Fight!

We didn't have real snow, but we made our own with rolled up socks and wads of paper.  The girls thought it was great fun!

(Notice Isla's leg!  Her boot was removed the day before, and her leg is pretty much all better now!  She is walking with a  little limp, which is supposed to be normal.  It is SO nice to have both of her legs back in working function!!)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 9: Picnic Dinner by the Christmas Tree

Tonight we had a picnic dinner in front of the Christmas tree.  We did this last year, and I made a Christmas themed meal as our dinner.  Simplicity seems to be the theme for our advent celebrations this year.  We just simply spread a blanket on the floor by the Christmas tree and ate our dinner on it.  It's fun for the girls either way.

(I may do a whole post on our Christmas trees.  But this is the one that holds all of our sentimental and handmade ornaments.  I let the girls decorate it all by themselves this year.  Can you tell?  I think Isla was determined to make sure every single bottom branch all the way around the tree had an ornament hanging on it!!)

December 8: Drink Hot Chocolate

For an after school snack today, the girls got to drink hot chocolate...with marshmallows!  Except their hot chocolate was more like lukewarm chocolate, because they really don't like it when it is hot.