Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Life As We Know It... Christmas Edition

Here are some of the things we've been doing this Christmas season...

On December 2nd, Addy & I went to our Girl Scout
Christmas pajama party/service project.

Our troop decided that for their fall service project that they wanted to make Christmas ornaments & take up a collection of cookies & gift cards for the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation.

So we combined that with our troop Christmas party.

At the party, the girls made super cool ornaments by 

melting crayons inside a glass ball.

And reindeer ornaments using glitter & mopping solution as the glue!
The girls made 2 of each, 1 to donate to the foundation & 1 to keep for themselves.

They also painted Christmas pictures and took photos in our 
homemade photo booth!

We asked each girl to bring a box of cookies & a gift card to the party to donate to the foundation. We collected about 50 boxes of cookies & 
almost $300 in gift cards.

Addy helped me box everything up & then I delivered it to the foundation.

The kids had their Christmas parties at school...

During Alex's party, they made shapes out of pipe cleaners & pony beads.

Alex made his into this heart for me!

They also decorated cookies & cut paper into 

snowflakes!

During Addy's party, they played a marshmallow toss & catch game, made trail mix & painted Christmas ornaments.

And Nick & I also went to a Christmas party.

Not a school party though, just one that a friend was throwing 
& we had a great time!

The kids & I painted Santas.

I sketched them all out the same but boy did they all turn our really different!

We also made gingerbread houses

and Christmas trash

homemade hot chocolate & lots of other yummy Christmas treats that I didn't get a picture of.

And of course we spent a LOT of time decorating the house 
for the Christmas season!!
















Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

Here's how we spent our Thanksgiving this year...

On Thursday morning, we drove to Nick's parents house in Lumberton. 

Wayne & his kids & Maryse & Kennin also came over 
& we ate the delicious lunch that Pat prepared. 

And took some silly selfies.


After lunch, we did a quick photo shoot to try & get some pictures for our Christmas cards. (And by photo shoot, I mean that I took some pictures of the kids in Nick's parents back yard & then passed my camera to Pat to take pictures of the four of us :)

Here are a few of my favorites...









And the winners for our Christmas cards were...


After our impromptu photo shoot, we headed back home so that Nick would be ready for Black Friday.

We were supposed to drive back to town on Saturday, the 26th to celebrate Thanksgiving & Hannah's & Larkin's birthdays with my side of the family but Brooke's kids ended up getting sick. So we did not celebrate Thanksgiving with the Hoosier side of the family this year after all, only with the Stricklands. 

And that's how we spent our Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Back to School

The kids have been back in school for several months now!
Matter of fact the whole first semester is almost over!

Here are some of the things they've done in school this year...

Alex is in 2nd grade this year & guess what, he has the same teacher as last year! He was so excited when he found out he was going to have Mrs. Martin again. It made for such an easy transition back to school for him!

Addy is in 4th grade this year. 

And this is her teacher, Mrs. Strube.

Here's Addy on the first day of school.


And Alex!

Addy did this on the first day of school. I was cracking up reading it when she brought it home, especially the last answer!

These are from a day when I went to school & ate lunch with the kids.
The kids had Red Ribbon Week back in October. 
Some of the themes this year were...

Spot me being drug free or animal print day.
Addy was thrilled to wear her animal print.

Alex not so much!

Red, white & blue day
Character day

And it wasn't during Red Ribbon week but they also dressed up for 50s day on the 50th day of school!

On election day, the 2nd grade class preformed a musical called Vote. They sang several of the usual patriotic songs.

Plus this one... The Presidential Rap. It was Alex's favorite!

I was presently surprised that Alex actually participated! He was signing (or he said he was just lip singing, but at least his mouth was moving unlike during his Kindergarten graduation) and doing the movements.

Here's his class after the performance.

And some pictures with some of his friends.




On Friday, November 18th Alex had a craft day at school.
The kids rotated between the 2nd grade classroom making several Thanksgiving themed crafts.

Including writing picture stories on paper bags


And making beaded necklaces.

They also made felt bags, spice packs, woven placemats & melted crayons to make candles. 

And in addition to all this fun stuff, of course they've been going to school & learning everyday :)