We went to see the OBT's Nutcracker this afternoon with 8 mamas and girls from Liesl's GS troop (and a few younger siblings). We all got very fancy and met up for lunch ahead of time at Nel Centro, and it was a magical day. Liesl's enthusiasm for the Nutcracker is undimmed, and she and Nora were delighted to be there again.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Liesl and her GS troop, organized by the inestimable Courtney, rehearsed a dozen Christmas carols last week and then sang to various teachers after school yesterday. They got all dressed up in festive clothing and hats and toured around the school, popping into classrooms to sing two songs to each teacher. It was adorable and fun and sweet - really a wonderful little activity for her troop to bring some Christmas cheer.
Posted by Brianna at 10:14 AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Posted by Brianna at 11:46 AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
We bought, constructed, and decorated the Trader Joe's gingerbread houses again this year. It's one of my favorite traditions - the scramble to secure a kit (they sell out by early December), making the icing and plastering the thing together, and then going all out on the decorations. I always either raid the Halloween stashes or buy additional candy in order to add more pizzazz to our houses. And I buy two, so the kids each get their own. And then of course, we all look forward to the annual smashing of the houses during January.
Liesl beat me twice at mancala and then twice at this memory card game. She won by a lot. She was super delighted with herself.
What would a cozy weekend be without baking? I made a sticky cranberry gingerbread and it was delicious.
Posted by Brianna at 10:12 PM
Thursday, December 6, 2018
On the weekend, we got a Christmas tree and wreaths from Cornell Farms nursery and set it up with lights and all our favorite ornaments. We hung our stockings, put out all our decorations (reindeer, Finnish gnomes, Advent calendar, window candles), dressed up the table with a Christmas runner and snowflake candle holders, and hung colored lights around our garage door and railings. Our home is very warm and festive, and it makes me happy to see.
Posted by Brianna at 10:50 PM
Monday, December 3, 2018
We belatedly celebrated Sebastian's birthday on Sunday with a crew of his friends - they were dropped off here at 1 for an afternoon of sports, fun, and food. The weather was on our side; the forecast was good all week, and the morning fog burned off, leaving an unusually temperate and pleasant December afternoon. We all piled into a (rented) minivan and drove over to Cedar Mill park. Seb brought a plethora of sports equipment and we started off playing baseball. It was 3 on 3, with the adults (and Jasper) as extra fielders. Jasper is fast to get to the ball when it's hit, but he's not so good on bringing it back or dropping it for the throw-and-tag. :)
Posted by Brianna at 11:05 PM