Monday, December 06, 2010

New Traditions....

So most of you know I like to buy something new each holiday season for the kids to do. A few years ago it was the Little People Nativity which goes under the tree......(see below why it isn't out yet)....

Then it was Clarke (who has returned)...


Then it was the Lego Advent Calendar last year. And we had so much fun with it, we got it again...

This year, for something new, I found this neat little book with cardboard stickers to make the nativity:
I really like this book as it is really short and to the point. It introduces a new person or thing and then gives a bible verse to back it up, or tell about the person, and then also an application on how they can do something pleasing to God each day. And it reminds them and helps them to focus on the real meaning of this holiday season... the birth of Jesus.

A few months ago we had decided we were going to update our house....but the timing was poor. So a few weeks ago Frank had called and got the tile part set up. Friday and Saturday our kitchen looked like this:

Saturday the tile guys showed up with the wrong tile. Thankfully I was home to see the mistake. That pushed us back a day. And we got pushed back another day today. Even though we had spent A LOT of time putting up plastic sheets in the doorways, the dust is laying all over my house. Five days of a dusty, messy house is NO FUN. Trust me. And living without a kitchen is hard work. We have pretty much been living upstairs because the downstairs looks like this:


Pretty isn't it? Yes that is our refrigerator, washer and dryer in the middle of our den. And the dining room is just as bad.

So, with the house a complete dirty disaster, we haven't decorated the inside of the house with any decorations. And I HATE THAT!!! We usually are early birds getting the house and tree decorated before Thanksgiving. I can not wait for the house to be somewhat back together so we can decorate this weekend.

While the kids were at school today, I decided to do ONE MORE fun little Christmas surprise. :) I decorated their rooms with ornament, snowflakes, and lights. I was quite pleased with their reactions. They are so loving their decorated rooms. And hey, I feel better having something inside my house decorated for the season.
Ellie's Room:

Hadley's Room:

And Gavin's Room:

Their Reactions to each of their rooms:

They were so excited tonight when they got in bed and have the glow of the lights shining on them. I got a big Thank you and I love you from each of them. It was so worth the fall I took off the chair while hanging the ornaments that hurt my back, thigh, and arm. LOL. :)

Hopefully we will have a decorated house and tree by Saturday!!!

9 comments:

Emily said...

What a fun idea to decorate their rooms! I know they must be thrilled.

Hopefully you'll get your whole house decorated soon! And i completely forgot about that think you texted me about until I read this post. I wish I had remembered to get it! Maybe next year1

Our Life Together said...

Great idea in the rooms. I know luke would love it too. Can't wait to see the kitchen.

Bethany said...

That is so sweet, their little expressions are PRECIOUS!

Toni said...

So cute! Kate loves having a tree in her room. "Freddie" finally made it to our house last night. It's so fun making traditions and memories. Can't wait to see your house after the updates!

Kristyn said...

You are such a fun Mom!!!! I bought my kids the little people nativity set this year. I think I am going to try to introduce Elf on the Shelf next year. So it looks like we are right behind you. Keep giving me the great ideas :)

BTW: kids expressions are priceless!!

Courtney said...

Cute idea! Love their little faces. I can't wait to see your new kitchen and those Christmas decorations!

Team Dale said...

AHh looks so fun...not the fridge in the den but the kiddos rooms...Can't wait for the big reveal on the tile! Loved seeing you and going on a speed walk with you!!

ashley said...

How fun! You are such an awesome Mom!

Hope you get your house all put back together so you can get busy decorating for Christmas! The tile in the kitchen looks good! Can't wait to see pics of the finished product!

tayton said...

I think you get mom of the year award! So fun, I'm going to take your idea in a few years. I love the kids expressions. Hadley looks like she is going to bust into a funky move walking into her room. Merry Christmas kids! And post pics of the kitchen when you get it put back together.