Christmas

advent 2011

Our Advent Calendar for 2011This was a huge hit with my kiddos, and we had a blast learning about Christmas. It was a perfect way to introduce Christmas to the little ones, and my toddler loved learning different things about the season and what Christmas is all about.

Day One: Deck the Halls! We got window stickers & Jessi loved decorating! Day Two: Make ornaments. Our hand print ornaments were a bust, so we made snowmen too.

Day Three: Watch The Little Drummer Boy! Jessi loves this Veggie Tales Movie, even Zoey joined us! Day Four: Visit a live nativity! It was so fun to see the story of Jesus come to life.

Day Five: Drink Hot Chocolate! Jessi loved it!! She kept saying "CHOCK-IT! CHOCK-IT!!!" Day Six: Let it snow! We learned about snow & made some for our windows.

Day Seven: Buy our 2011 ornaments. Jessi was more interested in pulling them all off the shelf. Day Eight: Christmas crafts! She loved getting into the paint and we made a wreath!

Day Nine: Christmas card pictures! Oh man they are cute! Day Ten: Christmas pancakes!! We made snowmen...the snow was her favorite part:)

Day Eleven - Make grandparent gifts! We did a fun picture of the girls! Day Twelve - Sing a Christmas Carol. We went to Target and she sang Jingle Bells to everyone.

Day Thirteen - A trip to the library. We love storytime and picking out books! Day Fourteen - Meet Santa! Zoey didn't mind...Jessi was not a fan.

Day Fifteen - Watch a Christmas Movie. We watched Elf and had popcorn! Day Sixteen - Decorate cookies. Oh, the apron cuteness.

Day Seventeen - Take cookies to the neighbors. We made little bags and Jessi loved handing them out! Day Eighteen - Go see Christmas lights. She was a huge fan of the lights!

Day Nineteen - Build a fort. Such a fun family activity! We loved it! Day Twenty - Wrap presents. I think we wrapped and unwrapped that one about 5 times.

Day Twenty One - Watch a Charlie Brown Christmas. Zoey was not so interested. Day Twenty Two - Read the Christmas Story. I got her a little story book with pictures and she loved it.

Day Twenty Three - Make cookies for Santa Day Twenty Four - Make a birthday cake for Jesus. Cutest little baker!

Merry Christmas!

 

Advent: Days 1-10

We are having a great December! I'm so glad I went ahead and did an Advent Calendar for Jessi even thought she doesn't really understand Christmas. She's having a blast learning about it all, and I'm having a blast teaching her! Here's a little update of what we were up to days 1-10!

Day One: Deck the Halls! We got window stickers & Jessi loved decorating! Day Two: Make ornaments. Our hand print ornaments were a bust, so we made snowmen too.

  Day Three: Watch The Little Drummer Boy! Jessi loves this Veggie Tales Movie, even Zoey joined us! Day Four: Visit a live nativity! It was so fun to see the story of Jesus come to life.

  Day Five: Drink Hot Chocolate! Jessi loved it!! She kept saying "CHOCK-IT! CHOCK-IT!!!" Day Six: Let it snow! We learned about snow & made some for our windows.

  Day Seven: Buy our 2011 ornaments. Jessi was more interested in pulling them all off the shelf. Day Eight: Christmas crafts! She loved getting into the paint and we made a wreath!

  Day Nine: Christmas card pictures! Oh man they are cute! Day Ten: Christmas pancakes!! We made snowmen...the snow was her favorite part:)

Having a BLAST! More to a come!

last minute christmas gifts!

Are you looking for some last minute gifts that really make a difference? After blogging about what we got our daughter for Christmas, I had a lot of you interested in doing this so I wanted to share some other ideas.

GIVE A GOAT!

$75 buys a goat for a family. Goats nourish hungry children and families with healthy milk, cheese, and yogurt. Goats also give a much-needed income boost by providing offspring and extra dairy products for sale at the market.

There are many more animals you can provide for families! Check them out here.

GIVE WATER!

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s one in eight of us.

GIVE HOPE!

Through sponsoring a child, you can not only make a difference and give hope to your sponsored child, but you can teach your children how to make a difference. $38 a month sponsors a child. And changes not only their life...but yours.

I encourage you to teach your children that there is more to Christmas than the gifts they receive. That many children all over the world won't get anything for Christmas. Teach your children about giving, not just receiving. Allow them to make a difference.

our new family member

I'm excited to introduce you to Angie Chica, the newest member of our family! Angie was born on March 25, 2010...um, the same day as Munchkin!! She's from El Salvador, and oh-so-cute! Instead of buying our daughter mountains of toys for Christmas, we got her the gift of friendship. Of compassion. Of love. To teach her that there are children in the world with less, and there is a way we can do more.

I can't wait to watch Jessi Girl grow up with Angie Girl (as we call her). In hopes that my daughter will be forever changed by this relationship. And in hopes that someday they will meet and it will be a friendship of a lifetime.

I encourage you to give your children a different kind of gift this year. A gift that keeps giving, and a relationship that will change their lives (and yours).

These are 2 great organizations I recommend sponsorship through: World Vision & Compassion. Go scroll through the kids, and it will be hard for you to walk away without doing something.

I dare you to try.

a handmade christmas list

I've started Christmas shopping. And don't hate me...I'm actually halfway done. {go me!} But the most fun...um, making a list for me & the munchkin!! I hardly ever think about things I want for myself, but when I got the life threatening kind and persuasive e-mail from the mother-in-law {before Halloween even arrived}, asking for Christmas lists - I figured I should be prepared. I'm buying handmade this year. No, not everything. And there are things on my list that are not {ahem, espresso machine}. But I'm so excited about buying from some amazing designers who create some gorgeous things.

Here are some must haves on my list this year.

FOR MAMA --

{25 Designs} Headbands. Because I never fix my hair. And I need 50 of them.

{apronqueen} Because I'm a rockin' housewife.

{tank&tink} I'm in love. Every home needs a gorgeous print like this!

{tweetbabydesigns} A chomping necklace for baby...but cute for mama!

{gussy} Because mama's not always lugging the diaper bag around!

AND FOR THE BABE --

{knottytots} Because her chunky legs need to look even chunkier.

{brittanysbuttons} This needs no words. Unfortunately, the baby is not included.

{twolittletots} These are a-dor-able.

{sullivan&sawyer} A toy tie - to keep that dumb giraffe in the stroller.

{mamarunswithscissors} My kid would be amazingly cute in this.

Ok, I must stop for now. This is just a glimpse at what will {hopefully} be under our tree this year! I hope you are planning to shop handmade and support some amazing people who pour their hearts and souls into their work!!

What are some must have handmades I need on my list this year?

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