Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Daily December... Almost There!

Let's see....

December 19 - Took Eliana's Christmas picture in her pretty new Christmas dress.

Christmas 2009

December 20 - Eliana got to wear her new Christmas dress to church!

Christmas 2009

December 21 - Ellie and Daddy built snowmen!! We had the Turners and Werners over for dinner.


December 22 - Mary Kay Christmas Party!

December 23 - Daddy and Eliana went sledding at Peet's Hill. We went to the Richters' for dinner with the Gravings.

December 24 - Roundup and Christmas Eve!

December 25 - Merry Christmas and flying to Texas!

Holiday Lights

Christmas 2009

Christmas 2009

All that's left is to take pictures tomorrow and Christmas day and then finish the album I've been working on. Woohoo!

I can't believe we actually made it through Daily December this year. It has been so much fun!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Getting toward the end of December!

We're getting to the end of December - crazy! I have been having so much fun with Eliana doing holiday things each day, though. Next year I'd really like to do an advent calendar / book or advent tree. I didn't grow up with advent, but I have a few friends who are doing it with their kids this year and I really like the idea. I have a few ideas for making an advent book, but it will take me a while to put it all together, so hopefully I'll get to work on it throughout the year and have it done by next December! We'll see. =D In the meantime, it looks like I'm going to have to start planning our activities out so we get them all in!

December 14 - we sang Christmas carols. I played the piano and sang, and then Ellie and I just sang together. We also listened to carols as we drove around on our errands!

December 15 - Peppernut Day!!

December 16 - Our 9th anniversary - we are going to go out to dinner tonight. Ellie and I are also baking gingerbread snowflakes to use as tags on our gifts this year. =D

December 17 - We read "The Gingerbread Baby" complete with a gingerbread hand puppet that added to the fun!


December 18 - We baked sugar cookies with Erika and Zoe!

Christmas Cookies 2009

Christmas Cookies 2009

December 19 - We might go see Santa at the Children's Museum and have Ellie's picture taken. She knows Santa isn't real, but it might still be fun! We should also take our family Christmas picture this weekend!

December 20 - Sunday before Christmas - Ellie will get to wear her pretty Christmas dress!

December 21 - Leif is home from work this week, so I hope he will take Ellie out to make a snow man!

December 22 - More Ellie and Leif time, I hope they make snow angels or go sledding!

December 23 - Hmmm... Salt Dough Ornaments? Ice ornaments?

December 24 - Leif's Family Christmas in Roundup, Christmas eve dinner of crackers and cheese

December 25 - Christmas!! Christmas morning gifts followed by a plane ride to Texas to see my family!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Daily December...

December 10 - I got to do some holiday crafting while Ellie got to play with a friend and a sitter. I had worship team practice at church and played some Christmas carols! =D (Okay, so today is a bit of a holiday stretch!) I also wrapped gifts today!!

December 11 - Right Now Christmas Party!!


December 12 - Holiday Cookie Exchange with the church ladies! Also, Ellie started opening her 12 days of Christmas gifts... (Flower slap bracelet)


December 13 - MK Holiday Open House (and Day 2 gift - stick on earrings!)

December 14 - today we are either going to make Peppernuts or salt dough ornaments or sing Christmas carols. =D

Thursday, December 10, 2009

December Daily Continued...

Let's see...

December 6 - We drove around and looked at Christmas lights in the neighborhood.

Holiday Lights

December 7 - We went over to the Taylor's house for dinner and a GRINCHfest! Our first viewing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" this year! We also read the book at home in preparation. =D



December 8 - Josie came over for a few hours and we made paper snowflakes! They're hanging in the window of the kitchen door right now.




December 9 - We watched the Charlie Brown Christmas Special and Ellie got to make Christmas Tree Spritz cookies with Daddy!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Parties R Us

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On Monday Ellie and I met up with friends at a place in Bozeman called Parties R Us. It's basically two large rooms with several of those inflatable slides / obstacle courses / bouncy houses in each room. We went on a day that it was too cold to play outside, so it was perfect! It's a great place to take your kids to get their energy out, someplace you don't have to walk around picking up after them. =D I think the entry is a smidgen steep at $7 (but, then again, I'm a cheapskate!) but from now until the 24th they have "stocking stuffer passes" that are $5 each, valid after the 26th with no expiration date. I bought a few of them for Ellie's stocking and we will be going back!

If you live in the area, I suggest you stop in sometime this winter. It's worth checking out!

Here's a little video of Ellie running through one of the obstacle courses (and me following behind - the inflatables are sturdy enough for adults, too! Makes it fun for playing with your kids!)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Daily December

This year Eliana and I are doing holiday activities daily in December. I tried to do this last year, but we didn't do a very good job of recording everything! This year we are doing more activities and I am trying to document them as we go. So far here's where we are, with plenty of photo documentation to prove it...

December 1 - Ellie and Josie made their first batch of holiday cookies! We tried to make cookies with a cookie press using Martha Stewart's recipe, but it wouldn't go through the press. Instead the girls rolled the cookies into little balls and pressed their thumbs in for thumbprint cookies. They ended up tasting pretty good, and the girls had fun making them! We used the rest of the dough to make large circle cookies, and dipped them half in chocolate. Yum!

making cookies

making cookies

making cookies

December 2 - We started devouring the gingerbread house!




We also donated to the Salvation Army and talked about giving to others on this day.

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December 3 - I wrapped the first Christmas gifts!

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Then Eliana and I made little heart candies for the holidays.

Holiday Heart Cookies

Holiday Heart Cookies

December 4 - Amber and I took Ellie and Josie to Arts on Fire to paint some Christmas gifts.



December 5 - We went to the Christmas Stroll in downtown Bozeman!

Christmas Stroll

Christmas Stroll

And today? Well, we'll see what today holds. There are still plenty of holiday things to do!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Baby Jesus

Tonight we were driving home from the Christmas Stroll and listening to Christmas music. Ellie heard one of the songs about baby Jesus and said, "Baby Jesus is my favorite baby in the whole wide world!" I asked her if she knew who Jesus' mommy was. "Um, Elizabeth!" was her excited answer. I reminded her that Mary was Jesus' mother and asked if she knew who Jesus' father was. Without hesitation she answered, "God!"

It's so fun to watch her learn and grow!

Thursday, December 3, 2009


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At a friend's house yesterday I noticed that Ellie liked beading and making necklaces with her little friend. So while we at Joanns on the way home we bought a bag of beads and some plastic floss. Tonight after dinner we sat down and decided to string beads together. She made a necklace and I made a little bead man for her to play with. I figure she'll get a lot of use out of this bag of beads and floss. And it will help with her hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills as well.