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Well, it happened…

In my last post, I said that a winter storm was coming our way. The weather predictions were right. 7″ of snow for us (lots of places in our area – like where I work – got 10-11″) plus a nice thick layer of ice before all of that. Basically all roads are just a sheet of ice. Not fun. Especially when we don’t have the resources in our area to clear all the roads.

I also mentioned that we had Finn’s party scheduled for this morning. We originally had it planned at a gymnastics place so the kids could run around and play as much as they wanted (that’s code for: let’s do it there so I don’t have to clean my house before and after and we can keep it low key).

Well, there was just no way we could all make it to the gym (35 minutes away) and we didn’t want to postpone it because things start to get really crazy for Christmas. So, we moved it to our house.

17 kids and 20 adults, when it’s a winter wonderland outside, means this:IMGP5631


17 kids who have been cooped up in houses and are now at a superhero party gets you this:IMGP5650
(well, to be fair, 2 of those kids were babies and didn’t make a mess…)

It was a wild time and it was definitely a quick change for us in terms of party planning because of moving locations, but we had so much fun. I think all the kids had a really great time and it was a nice break from the usual “what do we do when there’s a snowstorm” kind of activities.

Finn was smiling and playing hard all day and Mia wants a superhero party at her next birthday (I’m sure that will change 27 times between now and then) but that tells me that we made the right decision to go ahead and do it. So, so fun. (And we have very good friends who will get out in that mess to come celebrate Finn!).

Party pictures soon! For now, I’m going to sit back and maybe watch some tv – anything that is not on my to do list for a change.

Christmas Party

Lots and lots of “Christmas Party!” excitement around here. Putting up the “Christmas Treats” (trees) really got it all started.

The tree in the living room went up first. We moved a few things to add some to the top but for the most part, I left things where they landed. I’ve learned to loosen up about stuff like that and just smile when I see things clumped together.

Finn was so focused. He loved hanging the balls on the tree. And then was so excited when it was time to do his tree.
Uh, silly kid. He was so proud of his tree. And still is. He wants to sit and look at the lights and ornaments all the time. If we’re out, he wants to get back home and see the Christmas Treats.

Mia has a new tree this year. A pink one we got on clearance last year.
Of course she loves it.

We all got new nativities this year! I’ve been wanting one for a while for us and for the kids. I found the kid one last year on super clearance and have waited patiently (sort of) for it to come down from the attic.
Here are the kids waiting to open their “what Christmas is really about” reminder gift.

The kids have played with it non-stop.
We’ll upgrade when there are no longer sheep and donkeys flying off the shelf but for now, this is a really sweet one that the kids are enjoying.

I have been looking for a certain nativity for our mantle but I haven’t been able to find it. I did, however, find these hurricanes with the nativity sleeves this year and I love the way they look.

In addition to all that, we’re doing an advent calendar this year.

While there are a few chocolates here and there, we’re focusing on discussions and experiences this year. The kids are excited to do the pockets and it helps us be able to keep talking to them about Christmas, pointing always to the reason we have “Christmas Parties”. We do an activity and read a story in The Jesus Storybook Bible each day. It’s a little advanced for Finn but he loves the pictures and follows the story pretty well. Mia hates that we stop at only one story, so pretty sure she will be excited to go through until Christmas.

One of the Advent activities is go to a Christmas Parade as a family. Since our town’s parade is always on Saturday and we miss it every year, we went with some friends from church to a different one. The weather was perfect (we’re getting a major winter storm in a couple of days so we enjoyed today), there were lots of floats and trucks with lights (although Mia wanted more marching bands – tubas and drums are her favorites), and the amount of candy that we came home with is ridiculous. But, seeing as “build a gingerbread house” is somewhere in one of those pockets, it’s good that we’ve got supplies now.



Christmas is always a fun time of the year for me but doing Christmas with the kids and seeing everything from their perspective is just so exciting and refreshing.

Praying we can continue finding ways to turn our eyes to Jesus and have a great time celebrating.


Well, we survived the dentist.

Mia did great. Finn…well, … not so much. I had to pin him down so he could get his teeth cleaned. Not even Lightning McQueen on the ceiling was going to make him want to be on his back. I just kept hearing people say “he’s so strong!” Why, yes…yes he is. Never knew I could get so worn out from a dentist visit.

Now, if we could just capture all the excitement and enthusiasm that Finn has for the lobby and move it to the dentist chair…. It is such a cool place.





We managed to get all teeth cleaned and checked by the dentist. Everything was great and no cavities in either mouth. So while I love their dentist, I’m very glad we don’t have to go back there for 6 months.

As incentive/reward we got to eat lunch and play with Charlotte. Nothing better than friends and food!


One more thing checked off this week’s list…feels good, even if it did make me break out into a sweat.