|Doroty and Toto|
|Tin Man looking for oil|
Following the snacks we helped the kids with crafts and then had a great game of Bingo.
|Matcha Christmas tree|
The very next day, Mackenzie was on a crafting mission. She made cute little snowmen for the tree (supplies courtesy of Grandma) and decided to give one to Junkosan (our friend from Tsukuihama) as a thank you for inviting her to the play. --that's the Santa she won at the party watching the magic happen. She also made snowflakes, a nativity scene and other ornaments for the tree.
A few days later we spent the morning with our cute little friend Alyssa and her mom, Leanna, baking and decorating (very sugary decorated) cookies.
The final result: about 10 dozen cookies to share with friends, Sugihara Sensei, Ayakosan, and the hardworking men and women at the 911 center. (picture below was taken after we had eaten several and also handed out a few boxes to friends)
We are one of those families that has good times with our Elf on the Shelf, Jibee Hoban. This year he seemed to have a little more fun than last year, though not as much fun as some other elves I've seen on Facebook. But, I just can't bring myself to allow that elf to make a huge mess that I then have to clean up. Plus, I was afraid if he was too tricky, Boy would try to emulate some of his maneuvers. Here are a few of Jibee's adventures this year:
After reading the story of Jesus' birth to the kids it was time to hop in bed. But, not before one last look out the window to see if we could see the sleigh...WAIT...HE SEES A BLINKING LIGHT!!!! Oh, it's just an airplane. Sigh...off to bed....
One last craft for the week....a new nativity scene. It was a lot of fun to make, the kids didn't help much, other than argue about which figure belonged to which kid. Mackenzie set it up once we finished all the people and animals. Garytt used a few leftover pieces to make a place to harness the donkey (on the left of the picture).
Me: Ugh, Kris...the tree fell over.
We get up and head out to the family room. The tree didn't fall over...Boy just thought that was the fastest way to get us up and out of bed. Sneaky little Boy!
After cinnamon rolls were in the oven and sausage was sizzling on the stove, the chaos began.
Lots of Lego toys this day. We had a quiet afternoon as the kids spent time building. Finally, Garytt is old enough that he could build his toys all by himself. Well, other than just one creature that he put together backwards, so I had to reverse a few things for him to carry on.