Some festiveness while Tom was in Nicaragua: gingerbread men, decorating the tree, watching Polar Express with hot chocolate, making snowman pizza, watching Elf with Colleen. That picture of Eliza with the cookie- seeing that was the first time I ever thought about her looking like mom.
A super fun night. After the kids were in pjs we asked them if they wanted to go look at lights. After a very excited response, we drove a looong way to Alum Creek State Park for the light show + UDF candy cane and eggnog shakes on the car on the way back. Great night.
Tom and I got to go to an Indian restaurant for the RMM Christmas dinner and the kids meanwhile had a great time making pinecone forests with the Showalter family- with a bonus sleepover with Rachel at our house afterward. The night before was Claire’s choir concert- she did a great job!
Our friend Caleb came over for honey baked chicken and yahtzee.
Claire built and painted a pinewood derby car for races in math class on a big track. Her watermelon car made the semifinals! Woot!
An unexpected power outage that led to a few cozy hours of candlelight, tea, and reading. The girls fulfilled their wish of carrying lit candles up the stairs just like the girls in Little Women.
All three kids were a part of the church Christmas program- The Advent Tree. Eliza as Mary, Silas as a wiseman (he kept talking about how wise he felt), and Claire as a reader.
After the last day of school and right before our big road trip to VA/DE, we had the beginning of our family Christmas at Cracker Barrel and opening gifts (we saved stockings and a long Christmas day for new years back at home). It was such a fun, special night. I love Eliza’s face in that last picture while Claire read our advent book…”Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas” by Ann Voskamp.
This year has felt like the most calm and peaceful and relaxed Christmas season we’ve had in a long time. I always have a hard time striking the balance between having fun and enjoying the festiveness and really keeping Jesus in sight and having times of true, meaningful worship as a family. Keeping things pared down this year helped.