Edging Closer to Ready for Christmas

I have come to the conclusion that jammie storytime is too young for the twins… since Karyn is away on training we took the WHOLE family to storytime… way to simplistic for the boys who are bigger than everyone else and (in Zander’s case) louder. BUT we did the stories, sang the songs AND coloured the craft. Today’s theme was jungles and the craft – colour 3 parts and combine them on a popsicle stick to make a lion. 


We are still working through our cranky stage BUT I had two pretty willing individuals for some workbook time… on the floor since our kitchen table is a mess and the blue table was set for drying crafts… Emanuel is able to count rather far but is still working on his recognizing of number. The Math Mini Office is an absolute godsend. Gavin has gone in leaps and bounds with his reading (so has Zander really) though he is adamant that writing is NOT his favourite thing. I keep telling them – if you want to learn to type you need to learn to read!!

Workbook floor time

We finished our simple ornament craft. There is a lovely video if you like that over written instructions but you can make your own popsicle stick trees by following the instructions HERE. We only had a limited amount of the sparkly pipecleaners but I think the regular green looks great as well! We did not sandwich a ribbon for the little ones so I have to decide if they are going to make cards out of theirs or if I am going to hot glue some ribbon on now instead. 

Finished trees... fun and simple!

We got our Christmas cards in the mail today! EARLY! This year we are trying something different… with the move and our change in contact info and the fact that we simply cannot make enough cards for everyone I decided to go with Moo.comand buy mini cards. They are half the size of a regular card and you can personalize them and everything! So we used 6 different pictures – one of each of the kids and then a family shot (thanks Fydo for the amazing picture by the way!). So you may (if you get a card) not get the same card as someone else!! Actually, if you are interested  in buying stuff from there please contact me. I can refer you and you get 10% off AND I get some points towards my next purchase (ie. cards for NEXT year!). So I am already thinking about who gets which card, and hoping to SEE most people so I don’t post. This year has been (and the years to follow will be out of necessity) all about economizing. I don’t want us  to sacrifice our fun or our giving but I want us to do it in an intelligent manner. 

Moo cards!

Echo is standing on her own more and more. I need to catch her at a good time and get a picture! We think she will be walking VERY soon… what a Christmas present huh? In time for her to walk right up to trees and start UN-decorating them! Good thing she is adorable right?

Our Echo

I am working on ornaments lately – bitty 2 inch sock owl ornaments! Tomorrow I hope to have one up for sale… and maybe gift one… I swear this is the busiest November/December I have had in years crafting wise – I am just way behind where I usually am at this point! Thank goodness the kids are getting to the helpful age with things like baking! And with that back to work I go!

Up late and did her own hair.. had to take a pic!

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