It doesn’t seem like a Monday to me as we cruise right into the first full week of Christmas vacation.
We had a very festive weekend around here. It started with the girls’ Christmas parties at school and ended with gingerbread houses with Oma and Papa.
Emily was so excited for her preschool Christmas party, and I couldn’t even handle how cute she was! She slept in sponge rollers the night before and was all festive and ready to go!
They did a Secret Santa gift exchange, and Emmy was SO EXCITED when she came out of school because the little girl who picked Emmy’s name got her a DIY princess wand! #perfect
Lunch can wait . . . there’s crafting to be done!
I was feeling good on Thursday afternoon because Ems was officially done, and Lucy only had one day left. I had teacher gifts all ready to go, and all we had to do was get through Grinch Day on Friday. But then Lucy came home on Thursday and said she decided she’d like to make ornaments for all SEVEN of her teachers. I didn’t want to break her sweet Christmas spirit, so we pulled out the crafting tablecloth, the cardstock, the paint, the glitter, and the beer (ha!) and got busy. I tell ya, that girl meant business because she sat there and traced, cut out, and decorated seven ornaments without complaint.
The finished products! And she wrote each teacher’s name on the back and “Love, Lucy” underneath the name. I bought a laminator a few weeks ago, and I’m loving it!
Thursday evening was a Christmas Zoom party with my mama friends. Penelope joined for a little while . . .
. . . but it was past her bedtime and she just couldn’t hang!
Friday was Pajama Day/Grinch Day at Lucy’s school. I watched a YouTube video on how to do hair like Cindy Lou Who, and I was feeling confident and ready to go on Friday morning . . . but Lucy wasn’t. She was upset because her hair was too high.
So we adjusted a bit and made it smaller, and it turned out SO CUTE!
I could tell she was excited but also nervous to go into school. She really wanted her hair like Cindy Lou Who’s, but she was nervous that no other girls would do it and that the boys would make fun of her. When the teacher opened the door I saw three other girls with their hair done up, and this mama breathed a huge sigh of relief!
And when I got home from dropping Lucy off at school, I found this going on in Matty’s office . . .he was working (sort of) and while I was gone he had introduced Emily to Angry Birds, and she was loving it!
One of the girls’ dance teachers handmade these gorgeous ornaments, so I bought one for each of their trees. Excuse my unpainted nails in there for size reference. They got dropped off on Friday and were a big hit with the girlies.
And then Lucy brought this ornament home from school and our hearts melted!
This went down on Saturday morning. If this is where we’re at on Day 1 of a two week vacation, I’m not sure what’s gonna be doing down at the end of the two weeks!
We baked some delicious cookies on Saturday and tried this new recipe. I promise Lucy was having fun! Note: if you make the cookies, we found them to be more enjoyable when they were rolled in just the colored sugar as opposed to the sprinkles.
I don’t have an after picture, but they looked so festive and everyone thought they were delicious!
Penelope got caught being extra cozy on Saturday night.
I went to the grocery bright and early Sunday morning, and Matty caught this sweet sister moment while I was gone.
My mom and dad came over for the third annual Gingerbread House Decorating Day, and they walked in with this huge present for the girls. As they started opening, we kept playing up how cool it was that my parents bought them a new rug . . . and the girls didn’t seem too jazzed about it! haha
I forgot to take an actual “after” picture, but it was actually a purple gymnastics balance beam that was folded in half . . .and they were so excited!
After lunch the decorating got started!
Emily 2020 vs. Emily 2019
They ate so much candy!
Lucy 2020 . . . 2019 . . . 2018
Penelope was interested, but not interested enough to get off the couch.
I mean, next year we could probably just hook them up to a sugar IV and call it a day!
When you come down from your sugar high and just need somewhere to rest your cheeks!
The finished products! 2020
After clean up and outfit changes, the girls settled down for some serious Guess Who.
And finally, we let the girls open presents that my parents brought from my Aunt Donna and Uncle Jim. Sadly, we won’t be getting together with them for Christmas this year. Lucy was thrilled to get a bow and arrow set!
And Emily was happy to finally have enough baby food to feed all of her babies!
And the rest of the day was spent playing outside, watching Christmas shows, eating dinner, and going for a walk around our circle before bed.
What a festive weekend!
We’re in the home stretch of the most magical week of the year, and Matty and I are here for it! Could three and five be the perfect ages for Christmas? They very well might be!
Have a great week, and don’t forget to fit in some Christmas magic!