This week the country stopped and, collectively, we mourned a time of innocence, when we didn't think twice about dropping our children off at school. I must admit I'm pretty shaken up about the recent school shooting as it hits closer to home now with Spencer in school two mornings a week.
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.
|Grandpa Johnny and Grandma Ethelyn as a young couple.|
On another sad note, my grandpa passed away last weekend. He was six days shy of his 101st birthday. He lived a long, fulfilling life; and he will definitely be missed. I left the boys home with David while I attended the visitation and funeral back home alone. It was the first time I was away from Ashton overnight. We both survived.
And now on to more holiday cheer....
We got our first big snowfall of the season, so I bundled up the boys and we headed outside to enjoy some outdoor fun. It was Ashton's first real time playing in the snow and he wasn't a huge fan. All the layers of clothing made it nearly impossible for him to move; and his mittens kept falling off, exposing his little fingers to the cold snow. Spencer, on the other hand, loved every single second of it. I brought out beach buckets and shovels and he plopped down and began digging.
|It was hard for Ash to balance on the sled and kept falling over. He wasn't too happy.|
|He was far more content off the snow, but it was quite hard getting him OUT of the swing.|
Since Ashton didn't particularly love playing outside in the snow, I decided to bring some inside instead. After I put some mittens on Ashton's hands, he decided it wasn't so bad after all, not to mention a tasty treat.
|Can't let the snow on his toes go to waste!|
We did a few projects this week, of course--our traditional picture ornaments and a keepsake hand print project. Spencer also brought home a present he made at preschool.
|Coloring the paper for the ornaments.|
|The ornament on the bottom right is Ashton's from last year. Look how he's grown!|
|Keepsake hand print project. I display them every year at Christmas. Last year we made reindeer.|
|Present Spenc brought home from preschool.|
One of Spencer's friends turns three this week, so we celebrated with a monster truck party. I made Jackson one of my blankets as a gift.
|Snuggling with his birthday blanket.|
Spencer participated in his very first Christmas program at church, and it probably was the most precious thing I have ever seen. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much.
|Christmas outfits. They match, of course.|
|"This Little Light of Mine."|
|Cheering big brother on.|
|Look how small they are in the pew!|
|"Angels We Have Heard on High."|
|My little lamb.|
Our third annual Rotary Lights trip with the Zeisels was a hit. Sadly, this year there wasn't much snow on the ground, but thankfully the temperature was much warmer. The older kids--Spencer and Briella--very much enjoyed the lights display, but Ashton and Bryson hunkered down in their strollers, a dazed expression on their faces.
|Our traditional family pose in the sleigh.|
|I love how Spenc is looking up at Penguin Briella!|
|Dancing under the flashing lights.|
|Note how Spenc is licking the candy cane. I didn't notice this at picture taking time. Delicious!|
|Snuggled under a blanket--an improvement from last year hidden under a car seat cocoon.|
Also this week, we continued our gift giving, as instructed by Santa Claus. Spencer made an extra special picture for his friend, Jackson; we shopped for a toy to donate to Toys for Tots; Grandma Amy received a matching set of our picture ornaments; and we donated canned goods at the Rotary Lights. Santa delivered another set of Christmas books and movies, as promised.
|Spencer instructed me what to write on the picture for his buddy. He was extremely excited to give it to him.|
More random things from our week:
Spencer is practicing songs for his mini preschool concert (with a cameo from an unhappy brother).
|Test driving some toys at Barnes and Noble.|
|Spencer's recent obsession: cutting. Since starting preschool, he has learned how to cut one-handed, and he loves practicing. I learned a valuable lesson to keep anything of value out of reach, because he will cut it!|
|Helping Daddy shovel the driveway.|
|Snuggling with Daddy.|
|I checked out these snazzy princess rollerblades from the ECFE library for Spencer to practice. It's not looking promising that he'll join us this year on our annual rollerskating trip.|
|Shaving like Daddy.|