One of the shortcuts was to use pre-made cookie dough for our Christmas cookies. Less time, less hassle, less mess; and the kids didn't have a clue. Both boys loved making cookies, but Spencer especially got into it this year. He hand-picked all the cookie cutters, opting for non-traditional ones, like bears and horses and men, instead of Christmas trees and bells and stars. I rolled out the dough and the boys cut out the cookies. Then they frosted and sprinkled them. Ashton definitely enjoyed the frosting!
We did a few projects as well: one homework assignment, a few gifts, an impromptu holiday train and our traditional tree skirt hand prints.
|Spencer wanted to keep painting and asked me to make a train so he could paint on the wheels and connect the cars.|
|2012 tree skirt hand prints. This was right before Spencer smudged it.|
Santa stopped by to drop off gifts for the boys again this week since they upheld their end of the bargain and gave a few gifts of their own. Spencer inserted money into the Salvation Army bucket rather excitedly, then announced the bell was very loud. Indeed, it was. We participated in our church's giving tree, where we bought a resident of a facilitated living center a gift. And Spencer gave Grandpa Dave and Barb a handmade present--a painting he called Choo Choo Hands.
|Grandpa Dave and Barb's picture--Choo Choo Hands. He did all of his own hand prints in several different colors all over the paper.|
|Playing in the snow at Aunt Hopey's.|
|Ashton's first time playing in(or eating) the snow.|
|Making a snowman with Aunt Hopey.|
|Crawling all over cousin Kaylie.|
|Playing a game with Aunt She-She.|
|Watching TV with cousin Kurtis.|
|My sisters and I posing right before I kicked some Phase 10 butt! Picture compliments of my whacky brother-in-law, Brian.|
|Dave modeling Brian's infamous leg lamp.|
|Watching cousin Olivia play a game.|
|Grandma Keeha attack!|
|These boys will not leave the tree alone!|
|I leave them unsupervised for a short time and this is what I find: utter chaos.|
|Playing with some Christmas presents in their new jammies.|
|Spencer refused to take his paint shirt off once he was done painting.|