In keeping with my new method of sending Christmas cards, I had hoped to have some nice family pictures to share with friends and family, but we don’t have them back yet. Yes, we went to a real photographer this year, kind of a last-minute-thing, so the wait is not unexpected. The results will no doubt be quite an upgrade from last year’s quick-round-up-all-the-kids-and-find-the-tripod kind of picture, and maybe we’ll even have them in time for some pictorial Happy New Year greetings.
In the meantime, I’ll share some Christmas joy captured this morning.
We try to keep it simple in the gift department, and I had to laugh because this homeschooling family got a big bang for its buck with books. It really struck me today because, more often than not, the gifts we give are ones with pages, and that was really the case this Christmas.
How many 8-year-old boys ask for curriculum for Christmas? Well, this one did, and the smile says it all, doesn’t it?
Of course, if you are familiar with the clever, catchy tunes of Lyrical Life Science, you’ll understand why he wanted a second volume. Score for the homeschool mom!
Caleb always has books on his wish list, and this Christmas he was thrilled to unwrap this riveting work.
I know. I don’t quite get it either. But I’m all for advanced learning, especially the kind you can do without Mom’s help.
Hannah just started the Elsie series
and, of course, Moriah loves her books as well.
In fact, I would say books are just about her favorite thing in the whole world right now. She loves to say the word “book” too, and she was pretty captivated by her new reads.
Nathan has developed an interest in O. Henry and his surprise endings, so this volume should keep him occupied for a while.
Another highlight was Hannah’s reaction when she opened up her new scarf. Did you hear the squealing?
The story behind the scarf is that at the last craft show we went to with our Lilla Rose display, we sat near a friend and her friends who happened to be making these beautiful scarves. Hannah REALLY wanted this pink one with the sparkles, but I told her that no, she could not buy it because it was not something she needed.
Well, when she had gone into the other room to browse, I quickly bought it, bagged it and stuffed it away with my things, knowing it would be the perfect Christmas surprise. That craft show had little traffic, so the nice ladies had time to later teach Hannah how to make these scarves, and now she knows the real reason I have been dragging my feet about buying her some yarn.
All kinds of scarves are soooo pretty with a flexi-clip, so I think we have discovered a fun little side job for Miss Hannah.
Moriah loved all the excitement, and I didn’t see her eating too much wrapping paper.
Later, Elisabeth helped me make a flourless chocolate peppermint cake. She loves to bake and
lick help clean up. It was delicious.
My favorite gift? These little gingerbread men Elisabeth hand crafted for me. Too cute!
Merry Christmas, everyone!