Holiday Fun

We have been having a lot of fun doing Christmas-y activities ever since Thanksgiving. That Friday was house decorating day. This is a full day+ job with 3 kids! Which probably explains why there are no pictures.

The Saturday after Thanksgiving was the Derry Holiday Parade. We all marched with the Rig A Tony’s crew again this year. What a difference from last year! This year the weather was gorgeous – you barely needed a sweater, while last year was really cold and windy.

We passed out Brian's flashlight key chains, pens and Hershey Kisses.

Eating gingerbread cookies that Lisa was passing out.

We were near the front of the parade line so we were able to watch almost the entire parade from the parking lot. We basically had front row seats!

The guests of honor.

We got our tree the following Thursday. I love that my kids think all Christmas trees come from Home Depot! Makes my life much easier! We decorated the tree the following night.

Luke's 1st ornament from last year.

We also decorated a gingerbread house. Usually the girls poop out half way through, but this year they decorated the whole house!

We did the house decorating while Luke was asleep. I think this was a good choice because he keeps climbing up and picking pieces off the house to eat!

He wasn’t left out of the fun though. He enjoyed looking for new toys in the Sunday flyers.

Our Elf on a Shelf, Jessy, made her appearance the day after Christmas.

I will be posting all about Jessy’s shenanigans soon!

The weekend before Christmas was all about baking. We made fudge, peanut butter blossoms, chocolate mint cookies and a couple of other cookies. Plus I made my quiche for Christmas brunch. My oven was utterly confused.

Sara and Arianna took a cookie making class on Saturday at For Kids Who Cook in Derry. It was great! The kids got to do all the mixing and get their cookie dough onto baking sheets.  Each kid got to wear an apron and they were encouraged to wipe their hands on themselves!

They're always holding hands. So sweet.

Ari

Listening to a book while the cookies baked.

The finished product.

We had a lot of fun leading up to Christmas. It’s too bad it all goes by so fast!

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner was spent at my mom and dad’s house this year, same as the past 34 years. Nana and Papa usually spend the day with us also, but they were basking in the FL sun for the month!

I think there were 20 people total and all the food was yummy!

My Great Uncle George, Great Aunt Margaret, Memere, and Great Aunt Emily. They represent 366 years and still going strong!

Table #2

Aunty Emily loves Luke, and he loved playing with the light switches.

Sara had so much fun touching the ceiling with Uncle Matt!

Chocolate lollipops from Aunty Rita.

I don't know who is cuter - Memere or Luke!!

Leaves and worms

It has been such an odd fall.  We had a blizzard in October, trick or treating around snow banks, and a holiday parade in 60 degree weather!

We (mostly Brian) worked on cleaning up the leaves one Sunday.  The kids helped by jumping in the leaves and pulling all the toys out of the storage area after we got them put away.

Jack's always a big help too.

The girls discovered a couple of worms.  This kept them busy for a good hour.

The worms had their own bed, complete with pillows and blankets.

and just because I love this face!

Gymnastics

Sara did gymnastics for one session about a year and a half ago, right after Luke was born.  I thought it would be fun to do something, just her and I.  Well, not so fun.  She was pretty resistant to going and never really got in to it.  Oh well, we tried.

Fast forward to this past October.  I enrolled her at a different place – New England Gymnastics Training Center and this time her BFF Arianna is in class with her. What a difference a year and a half makes! She loves going to class and her Ari have so much fun!

Holding hands as they ran their laps around the mat at the start of class.

She was tentative on the beam at first, but she quickly gained confidence and did it all by herself.