Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Before Christmas

I have truly dropped the ball lately on documenting December.  We did some really great stuff, and I want to remember it all. 
 
Frank was up to his usual antics this year, including decorating the kids' pictures with a dry erase marker!!
 
 
Of course, we had to go look at Christmas lights wearing pajamas and drinking cocoa!
 
 
We played a Christmas version of Minute To Win It!  Big fun!  In this challenge, you have to move a cookie from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands.
 
 
SUCCESS!
 
 
This challenge had everyone trying to hook candy canes to get them into the jar....without using your hands, of course!
 
 
In this game, we had to see if we could get a cotton ball to stick to a tiny dot of Vaseline on our noses....without our hands.
 
 

Of course, we did our traditional Christmas Cookie Chaos!



My kids love cookie day! 



We're a pretty well-oiled machine after so many years!



During the week of Christmas, we hit the lanes for our annual bowling event!


Graham was happy with this roll!


 

 
Sydney, not so much!

 
On a more serious note, we went to a candlelight service at our church, and Graham was mesmerized.  I look forward to this service every year!
 
 
We had some really beautiful, unseasonably warm weather here before Christmas.  The kids enjoyed the week off of school and played outside a lot.  I asked them to act out the nativity story, and this is what they put together.  I was thoroughly impressed!

 
While the warm weather continued, we visited some parks and enjoyed being outside. Please note the shorts and tshirts.  This was on December 23rd!  Crazy Texas weather!
 
 
On Christmas Eve Eve, Mamma and Jennifer flew in.  We had everyone over for dinner and the kids did their traditional caroling.  We played a few games, and it was a nice way to kick off the holidays.  Next up, the festivities begin!

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