We are back this week and hitting the Christmas scene hard! I'm still battling INSANE pregnancy insomnia but trying to ignore that and how it makes me feel and enjoy what this Christmas season brings.
Kids find all the details about Christmas so magical-they soak it all up. Gideon and Sir both look forward to our nightly walks around the neighborhood to see Christmas lights. We bundle them up in the stroller and head out every night after dinner. The highlights are a Santa that pops out of a port-a-potty (so totally creepy but Gideon's favorite) and spotting baby Jesus in the manger. Gid has taken to carrying around our wooden baby Jesus from my nativity set I bought in Jerusalem and kissing him. Too sweet!
Both boys are at fun ages to introduce them to Advent, Santa, presents, traditions, and special outings. Also Gideon is an egg nog lover! But only from Costco or his grandparents's house, apparently...I bought stupidly priced organic egg nog at the store for him-he tried one sip and declared, "Yuck."
I guess I'll put it in my coffee for the next month instead. Lots of pics in this post of what we've been up to!
Last Saturday we went to the Westminster City Hall lighting with our friends The Bolts. We could hear the Mayor talking about something over the microphone but it was super muffled. I asked Ryan to get something out of the diaper bag for me and as he was bent down focused on that task they lit up the WHOLE place! That's what the Mayor was saying I guess! I felt terrible to have made him miss the big moment ha!
City Hall is where Ryan works now so he gets to leave this amazing wonderland every night on his way home. They truly did a spectacular job-the lights were beautiful
Gideon played in the nativity set for awhile and by play I mean he found a stick and used it as a sword and pointed it at Joseph and the Shepherds
We have been doing our Advent devotional every night before bed. Mostly it's just Ryan, Giddy and I doing it because Sir goes to bed earlier and is uninterested. We do our Jesus Storybook Bible devotional with the ornaments I received from a recent exchange and then as Gideon's reward for paying attention he gets to do his chocolate calendar his Grammy gave him
A few weeks ago I attended an Advent ornament exchange with 24 other ladies. We all brought 25 of a certain ornament coordinating with a day of advent and the corresponding Bible verse. I loved seeing all the handmade ornaments (so much creativity!). We hang ours on our big Christmas tree and Gideon gets such a kick out of the whole tradition
Look at this naughty monkey! Climbing on boxes in his diaper to get to a train ornament he wanted. His smile is too sweet here.
On Saturday we went to meet Santa! My mom found a free Santa in Olde Town Arvada so we spent the morning going to a German bakery for Christmas treats, adventuring in the library, and then meeting the big guy. The Santa was very charming-totally sweet with a real beard and incredibly nice to my boys
Um, has Gideon ever been prouder of having a dollar bill??? So cute
Santa was a hit with Sir but Giddy felt differently about the whole experience. At least he got a candy cane out of it!
These three chubster cousins! Sir, Fynn and Caius all were born within 3 weeks of each other. They are all rolly polly sweet boys and play very sweet together. We were all together unfortunately for Ryan's grandma's funeral a few weeks ago so while it was a sad reason to get together I'm always thankful for our great family to spend time with
My mom ordered this shirt for Sir's first birthday coming up!!! I think it's so cute and he can keep wearing it year round
This morning while baby took a 2 hour nap Giddy and I pulled out all the crafts and activities and had some fun together. The rice sensory box was A TOTAL MESS and I think he liked the pom pom pick up game and coloring best anyway.
I mailed out over 60 Christmas cards this week which felt very freeing. I kept worrying I would lose them all or spill something all over them (first world problem) so I'm happy they are on their way to people. We have a MOPS Christmas party this week, Denver Zoo lights, a cousin birthday party and volunteering at church to look forward to. It's a full week of fun outings and events :)
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.