Monday, December 24, 2012
The Wilson things have been busy while waiting for Santa to visit. (Side tangent on Santa: I am so very glad my kids understand perfectly well that Santa is not real yet still have so much fun pretending!)
Sweet Kristen realized we would not all be together in March when Emily has her birthday, so she made it possible for us to celebrate now while we are together. And we had a great time singing "Happy birthday to Emily, eating cake, and then looking at all Emily's clothes and accessories.
Another activity we enjoy at the Wilson's is a little guitar jamming, singing, and dancing!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
One activity we went to was for toddlers only. We played in a rice table, with blocks, with trains, with doll houses, had snacks, saw Santa (which J did not like at all) and the most fun of all: a big pile of shredded paper!
We also recently went to a Christmas festival downtown. Each store had treats and an activity, the library had crafts, there was a live manger seen (J loved that he wanted to pet the animals about three times), a tractor ride, (also a favorite with our kiddos) and ice sculptures. There was live music and caroling and even horse drawn carriage rides-which we did not get to do. These pics are pretty bad, but my kids met a polar bear and gave him a high five.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
And, just for fun. Here is a precious pic of M all dolled up! The occasion was she and her daddy had a special shopping trip to go on together. She asked for a morning shower, conditioner in her hair, and a facial mask! She picked out her outfit and even let me brush her hair! They had a fun daddy/daughter date!
Saturday, December 15, 2012
It takes a little while, so during the waiting and watching process we worked on spelling and writing:
(This was all M's idea. She loves writing these days.)
And the finished product:
One proud girl with a bowl of butter! "Where is J?" you might ask. Not participating!I thought he would be excited to make butter since that is a major food group for him, but he just didn't have the patience to sit around and watch it. For some reason watching cream churn just wasn't fun enough for him....
On another note: others have already aptly expressed how I feel concerning the horrific incident in CT. But, I would like to also express my condolences to the families of this tragedy.What happened is really beyond belief. I'm sure the families that lost a dear one are still trying to grasp (or avoid) the reality of it. That there could be someone so evil out there is terrifying. We have not told M because we just don't want her to know that such awful exists in the world. The fact that some young, innocent, precious babies had to live through it absolutely breaks my heart. I have cried several times for those sweet children and for the families that have had to experience this. I hope and pray that they will somehow find peace. I don't know anything I can do except pray for them. I think one of the hardest parts about a catastrophe like this is that once it is gone from the media, those not affected forget about it and move on, while the families who are grieving will never forget and will have to wake up to it every. single. day. For the rest of their lives. My heart goes out to them.
This is just happening way too much in our country recently. You think in your head, this would never happen where I live. But, it is obviously a possibility. At the risk of sounding crazy, I am going to talk to the principal at M's school this week. They have drills for this kind of thing, but I don't think it's enough. They either need a metal detector at the front entrance, or have the teachers keep the classroom doors locked or something. I need to know my daughter is safe. We can't live in fear, but there must be someway to protect our children. God bless those families and those little ones.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Playing with cousins (who were all such good sports about it!):
Playing trains (and cars):
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Here are my beautiful snow angels:
Sunday, December 9, 2012
And here are a couple pics from one of the Sundays. It was so beautiful outside and the kids all looked so darling in their Sunday best, so I really wanted a nice one of all the cousins together. I think they turned out hilarious! Here is the first and last one I took! (You can imagine what was happening in the middle!)