We are enjoying this month, but I am feeling especially busy this week. Nothing major that I'm working on, just a million little things that need my attention. Yesterday, I was feeling a bit like a chicken with it's head cut off -- frantically making lists and darting here and there. Today, I think I have a better grasp on things and I'm slowly choosing things that I'm just going to let go of. I feel like if I can make it through Friday I'm home free. School will be out, shopping done (hopefully), packages mailed (hopefully), and then we can just settle down for a cozy winter break at home.
So until I reach that magical moment when my command station (a.k.a. kitchen island) is free & clear of piles (christmas card remnants, legal pad with lists, post-it notes, and dental insurance info - you don't want to know), the last classroom party has ended, and I'm finally able to sit down on the couch and watch Elf with the kids . . . until that moment, here is a gathering of a few things we have done in december so far.
We watched the Polar Express and then slept under the Christmas Tree. Yes, even I slept on the couch.
I just love Anna's set-up
The next morning we woke up bright and early to do some Scouting for Food. The Cub Scouts collect food donations for the food bank each year. This is our 4th year participating and I believe they collected 380 pounds.
Then, that same day we attended the ward christmas party where the kids sat on Santa's lap, ate an astonishingly large amount of ham, and sang Away in a Manger in the program. Anna even sang the first verse as a solo. She was loving all the attention & compliments.
We made lots of cards and treats for our teachers -- school teachers, primary teachers, and a piano teacher.
We also made Christmas cards for our cousins. Cousins Alert: don't look! We're dropping these in the mail tomorrow. Although, I have to apologize to Sam & Heidi in advance. I hope Payton's well-intended note doesn't set Preston up for disappointment on Christmas morning: "I hope you have a Merry Christmas! Maybe you will have a remote control car!" When you read it for Preston you are more than welcome to make something else up.
There's the classroom parties -- 1 down, 2 to go. I helped Payton's 3rd grade class make these woven star ornaments. I think it was a hit!
My eyes are getting heavy and my head is nodding off so it is time for me to say goodnight. Looking forward to a wonderful (busy) Friday and a fabulous weekend!