Where to begin? I've got a few notes on my iPhone that I jotted down, thinking I would blog about them. Truth be told, I don't know what some of them mean now. How bad is that? Oh well, I guess I'll just try to wrap up our month of December.
We have a Fisher Price Little People nativity set. We get it out every year before Christmas and then pack it up again with the decorations. This year when we got it out, Jorja and Ginny took to acting out the whole story from start to finish. They had Gabriel coming to visit Mary and Joseph, the census, the trip to Bethlehem. It was amazing all the details they remembered even before they got to the stable. They did this for a few days, and then one day they were looking for something to do, so I told them to play with the nativity set. Ginny said, "I want to, but I can't. I can't find Gabriel." I asked her if the other angel in the set would work, to which she replied no because that angel looked like a girl. Without Gabriel, the story couldn't start, so she couldn't play with it at all. It's funny how things change from year to year. This year was strictly a literal translation of the story. Last year baby Jesus took a trip to Strawberry Shortcake's house.
We hosted our bible study Christmas party here this year, so we had the tree up maybe a little earlier than normal. I think it went up the last weekend in November. It was nice though - the girls all had fun decorating and I don't even think anything was broken this year. Since we had snow that stayed since Halloween, I kind of missed the boat on getting lights on the outside of the house in nice weather. But I found a day that was only slightly below zero and got some done. Not as many as I would have liked to, but it still looked pretty good. Julie loves the inflatable lawn decorations too, so this year I bought a couple of those too.
|The girls proudly showing off their handy work|
|The lights up, inflatables inflated|
|Playing at the Fun Factory|
Aside from parties, the month was also filled with concerts and recitals. Ginny and CeCe sang in church with the Sunday School singers. That afternoon, they both had their piano/music recitals. Jorja had her school Christmas concert the next day (Monday evening). And Ginny had her preschool concert the following week. Yes, it was a busy month, but by the eighteenth, it was all over and we could take time and breathe again.
|Ginny and CeCe with the Sunday School singers|
|CeCe's music recital|
What else happened this month? I have a couple more notes in my phone that I do remember. One night Ginny was getting out of the tub and I asked her if she was all dried off. She said yes, except for her butt. I asked her why she didn't dry off her butt and she said that she didn't want to, because there were germs in there. I said that it should be clean having just gotten out of the tub. "Nope," she said, "it may look clean, but there is more poop right there lined up and ready to come out." Okay, it's tough to argue with that. Air-dry it is. Then there was the morning I had Ginny and CeCe by myself shopping at Superstore. I was looking at the cough drops and Ginny wandered across the aisle. She pointed to a box with a little picture of a devil on it and asked, "What are these?" Not wanting to explain what condoms were yet, I just told her they were nothing and to put them back. We're not quite ready to go there yet. (The stock boy thought it was pretty funny though - someday he too may have kids and I hope they put him in the same awkward situation.) That afternoon happened to be when I took Ginny in to get her ears checked out for her ear infection. As we were waiting for that to get filled, CeCe picked up a box of tampons. She didn't really ask what they were, but when I told her to put them down, she just yelled, "No! I'm still looking!" Oh the joys the next few years will bring.
By the time school and work were done for Christmas, Julie had not yet started her yearly project of sewing all of us pajama pants. So to get the kids out of her hair, I packed them up and went to my parents for a couple of days. They got to meet their new cousin Cooper, and play with their other cousins Sophie and Carson too. They had fun helping Nanny bake cookies and helping Poppa jam the jam-jams together. After that, we had a couple night at home (one being Christmas Eve) and then went to Julie's parents' place for a few days. We went to our church's annual service on Christmas Eve and then came home and opened presents. The girls played a bit Christmas morning before we headed out. When we were at Julie's parents' place, we went tobogganing one day. It was quite cold this year, so it was a little shorter that we wold have liked. But Julie's Dad plowed a path out to the hill with his back hoe so we could drive out there. He made a fire to keep warm and we roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. It's a yearly tradition that seems to be growing each year. Definitely a lot of fun. The girls also get a kick out of all Nanny's singing and dancing Christmas decorations that fill the house. They went on a couple of tours and took turns pushing the buttons and enjoying the singing and dancing figures.
|Julie all frosted up|
|Gordon roasting hot dogs|
|The lunch bench (bucket of the back hoe)|
|Julie and her Dad|
|'The Redneck Slopes' Julie coined them|
|Uncle Darcy getting loved|
|CeCe telling Poppa a story|
|CeCe and Sophie|
|Jam-jamming with Poppa|
|Playing lego with Poppa|
So looking ahead to 2013, I just hope and pray for continued growth and health and more of God's grace. (and more regular blogging) Later.