There's been a flurry of Christmas hoopla going on around here.
Lucy made sure we put gingerbread-house-making right on the top of our Christmas-to-do list:
Our annual ward Christmas party was in the morning as per tradition at my friend's house:
Complete with Santa:
Grace got to go to an amazing Christmas singing concert (MCO) with friends.
We had our Young Women party complete with ugly sweaters:
We made our way to Boston and soaked in all the Christmas beauty there:
Including "make way for ducklings" decked out with the cutest hand-knitted beanies:
We went caroling with neighbors:
Our "old" elf on the shelf got some new energy this year (with help from some older elves in our family).
ELLE CAME HOME from her island!!!
Which means our house gets filled up more until late into the night with all these great kids we have missed:
We have ready stories under the tree approximately three times.
Christmas cards are always a crazy fiasco around here.
I wish I had more pics of all the parties the kids have been at...so many things going on around here, but here's at least Claire's ugly sweater party.
Dave was "the innkeeper" for a great primary thing they did at church...here he is getting ready:
We had our annual talent show with all of Dave's family. Lucy was so proud to play her piano pieces:
Talents followed by the annual gift exchange.
My favorite part was when one cousin had pity on Lucy and "stole" her Nerf gun so she could pick something new. And Lucy shared that new gift with her cousin who ended up with something she didn't want.
This is Nana with the grandkids she had her traditional "Nana sleepover" with:
More Elf-moving wonders:
My parents arrived! They are staying with us for Christmas and we're so excited! Loved hearing some Christmas duets the other night...
And Grammie is helping with the lack of stories under the tree around here:
Lucy worked long and hard on thank you notes for all her teachers:
All the big kids went to the "Nana & Papa Teen party" last night (I'll get pictures at some point...) so we got Lu all to ourselves.
Of course we played scum with her at her request :) She was eating up being with all those adults!
BUT one of our biggest parts of Christmas prep is getting ready for the Children for Children Concert coming up tonight! More on what we're doing this year back HERE.
Here are the kids making big plans:
We are so excited to share pictures and stories about the kids we will be helping with everyone who is sharing talents tonight. I will share more on the blog tomorrow. A couple weeks ago I got to be part of a conference call with the camp director over there and she shared some things that made my heart yearn to do more. To be more. To be more grateful for what we have. To open my heart to others more than ever. There are so many people in that camp just wishing for HOPE.
We are hoping to give at least a part of that to them as we raise money tonight.
If you missed the blog post in that last post about the refugees, here they are again:
Thank you so much for everyone who has donated to this very worthy cause. I love that that 100% of what is raised goes directly to help those in need. AND will be matched.
Here's the link for donations if you want to join in tonight!