Wednesday, December 23, 2009
December 19 - Took Eliana's Christmas picture in her pretty new Christmas dress.
December 20 - Eliana got to wear her new Christmas dress to church!
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!
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
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!
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
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 6 - We drove around and looked at Christmas lights in the neighborhood.
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
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
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!
December 2 - We started devouring the gingerbread house!
We also donated to the Salvation Army and talked about giving to others on this day.
December 3 - I wrapped the first Christmas gifts!
Then Eliana and I made little heart candies for the holidays.
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!
And today? Well, we'll see what today holds. There are still plenty of holiday things to do!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
It's so fun to watch her learn and grow!
Thursday, December 3, 2009
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.