I am glad I take pictures, because December has mainly felt like a blur, and I feel like all I have done this month is frantically over-order from Amazon and Target, wipe snot from Reese's nose, take Lily to dance practice, try to find an Elsa ornament, wrap gifts, and try in vain to cross things off of my list. But, apparently, we have done some really fun Christmas festivities!
Lily's dance school was in the Bristol Christmas Parade. It was cold and drizzly, but she had a BLAST! She saw several of her friends and her teacher watching and waving! I think she thought the whole crowd was there just for her dance group.
Emma and Lily! SO grateful for this family in our lives!
Reese has rocked out to some singing animals.
We did a Gingerbread workshop at the YMCA. Lily believes in Santa with every fiber in her being. Love her heart.
Lily when she was Reese's age. It is obviously her, but at first glance, my brain thought "Reesie!"
Hughes took Lily to Target, and they came back with these awesome snowflake lights!!
Our elf, Circle, usually just barely remembers to move to the next room, but I did find this cute coloring sheet online one day. It has a kid-sized one and an elf-sized one.
Lily made her (it's a she apparently) the blue tunic dress, and Noni bought the tutu.
We went to a boring Christmas program at Lily's school. One of her best friends is also named Lily!! So, they made leaves with their hands and were Lily flowers. (Also, yes, I think it is hysterical that the only other Lily we know is Asian).
We got this star in Winston Salem, because all of the houses there have them outside. I would never want to go back to that year, but it does make me happy to have this souvenir.
MeeMaw and Granddaddy sent a gift for each girl to open each day until Christmas. Lily gets so excited every day and can't wait to open hers and Reese's. One day, it was "pin the carrot on the snowman."
Bristol Parks has a Christmas card contest, and Lily wanted to enter. I read the rubric to her (my kids may grow up not knowing how to cook, but they will understand the importance of sticking to the rubric!), so she understood that it was being judged as much for the message and creativity as for the artwork. She could only use 2 colors and had to use this size paper. I am not at all impressed with her artwork or her lettering (she was rushing), but I love her message! She wanted to do something different than just "Merry Christmas," so she said "We hope your Christmas is Mary and Joseph." Haha.
Hughes' work has an awesome Christmas party every year!
I got their Santa outfits at a consignment sale for $3 each!! I am 5 for 5 with scoring cute Santa outfits at consignment sales. #goldstarforme
Lily insisted that Reese get her face painted, and Reese was PERFECT during the entire sitting. Good thing Lily was there to watch out for her, though.
Another of MeeMaw's surprises.
I splurged and got Lily the Kiwi Crate Gingerbread House and brought it to Chattanooga. A cardboard gingerbread house with stickers and glue? Did they just take something that is cooking-baking and make it into CRAFTING?? Yes, please.
MeeMaw, again. SOO cute!!!
I found the Elsa ornament!!! I love the Christmas spirit of the employee who talked with me on the phone. Target could sense my desperation. PLUS...the employee recognized my name and voice, because I am what you may call a "frequent visitor" to the Bristol Target. I cannot even make this up- she even knew the ornament was for Lily when I called. #smalltownperks
One of my friends/favorite former students (Anna) gave us this calendar last year, and it is one of Lily's favorite Christmas traditions now.
Lily's teacher loves for the parents to be involved, so somehow I ended up in her class for 3 hours making Christmas crafts, reindeer food, and snowmen donuts. Lily LOOOVEES when I come in to help. But, there is always a considerable amount of pouting and stomping and being a brat, too. I can't figure it out- I think it is partly because she can't handle how excited she is about me being there. BUT, also/mainly she is pissed because since I am there, she thinks she should get to be in charge of every single kids' every breath and movement. Unfortunately, this doesn't really work. But, overall, I know the memories of me in her classroom make us both so happy.
I love the contact paper/tissue paper stained glass projects.
In Daisy Scouts the same day (it was Polar Express pajama day at school), we made Gingerbread houses! It was our best meeting so far, and the girls had a blast!!!
Same night (it was a big day for us), we went to the Speedway in Lights! Lily got to stand up in the car while we looked, which may have been the highlight of her month. And, Daddy surprised us with Great American Cookie Co.!
Part of the lights display is INSIDE the NASCAR racetrack!
Merry Early Christmas!