Advent: 22 and 23

On the 22 we played and sang some Christmas carols. Nothing like trying to play the piano with a squirmy toddler on each side and a cat in your lap. We had fun though, even if Noah kept turn the pages of my music book in the middle of the song.

On the 23 we drove around and looked at lights. The boys had decided to skip nap and were out cold by 6:50 pm. They were a little upset when we got home and were unloading them out of the car, but they were right back out when we tucked them into bed. Bonus they slept all the way until 8 am!

Advent: 19, 20, and 21

We’ve still been doing our advent calendar, just don’t have pictures of monday or tuesday. Monday we went to the local frozen yogurt shop and tried the holiday flavored yogurt. It was eggnog and we put a little crushed candy cane on top. It was yummy! We had friends join us which was a lot of fun and then we took some to daddy at work. On Tuesday we read The Road to Bethlehem. It is an Ethiopian version of the nativity that I happened to buy before the boys came home (seeing the crazy prices now I’m glad I grabbed it up at a much more reasonable cost!) Wednesday we went on a family picnic at the park. It was nice to have lunch with daddy for once. 🙂


On this cold and gloomy day we let the boys have hot cocoa with marshmallows. They enjoyed it a lot. Noah’s main goal was just to get the marshmallows though and he ended up a little messy. 🙂


We went to watch our church’s living nativity Saturday night. The best part of any living nativity is the animals of course! This year there were three baby goats! The boys loved them, and the donkey, Ezra always loves the donkeys.


We made gram cracker houses for day 14 of advent. We had some construction issues so they ended up looking more like bunkers, but fun was had and way too much sugar was consumed.


Today’s advent activity was to deliver all the goodies we’ve been making. I delivered some earlier in the day to a couple of people, and we were supposed to deliver to a few neighbors tonight. We got all ready to go and then noticed it was pouring down rain. Since we own no rain gear and the world’s smallest umbrella Matt made us stay home. We will have to finish our deliveries tomorrow.


Last night we set out to make sugar cookies. It wasn’t going so well so I finished up the rolling and cutting out by myself. We then waited until tonight to do the decorating. Which was met with much enthusiasm and tears. Three year olds can be a tad emotional!


Visit Santa! The boys went to a local Santa who volunteers his time to collect food for the food bank. The boys answered every question he asked with “3!” (Noah holds up four fingers, while Ezra holds up three.) Guess we are stuck on our age right now.


Today I combined our advent activity with play school. We made candy cane play dough and had a blast! I managed to keep all four boys from burning themselves, but someone did touch the super hot play dough and feel the burn.

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(Wow that took a lot of red food coloring!)

All three boys were giggling uncontrollably so I got the camera out, of course the giggles stopped, but they were still silly and cute.


Tonight we colored Christmas pictures together. Coloring is nice and relaxing, something needed this time of year. You can print all sorts of free coloring sheets here.


Today we went shopping for our angel tree boys. We had a 3 year old who wanted a football and a 5 year old that needed warm clothes. The boys did great with knowing we weren’t shopping for them.


No pictures tonight! We had a family dance party to Christmas music. There was lots of spinning, some slow dancing, and even a little break dancing.


Tonight we made cinnamon applesauce ornaments. Easy project and smells so good! The fabulous Sandi gave me this recipe while I was still waiting to know my boys. I’m so happy to finally get to use it.

1 cup cinnamon
1/4 cup glue
3/4 cup applesauce

Roll out and cut out

3-5 days drying time