Friday, December 16, 2011

partying & style!!!!

"JOY TO THE WORLD"...(sung in my best clark griswold voice!!!)...i am oh. so. thankful that school is out and we can begin to truly enjoy our holidays!!!!!! this momma bit off a tad much & my sleeping habits have been paying for it!!! i would do it all over again though...i'm twisted like that!!!!! :)

we started off last week with an absolutely precious performance by ella in the FBCS christmas program! talk about melting this mommy's heart! ella tried out and got a solo this year...& i am fairly confident that i was waaaaay more nervous than she was!!!!! she sounded like an angel...i wish i could share it here. i sat in awe of so many things while she was on awe of her confidence at such a young age, in awe of the spirit of christmas, & in awe that that sweet little girl is mine. she's such a doll face!
next on the agenda was maddie's class christmas party! another mommy & i were in we had our work cut out for us! i decided since i am in "LUV" with all things reindeer this year, that we would go with that "theme"! turned out wonderfully and the kiddos had lots of fun!

we try to avoid cupcakes at the parties simply because they are so i adapted an idea that i had seen last year! i turned krispy kreme chocolate donuts into rudolph the red nosed reindeer! they were adorable...and oh so delicious!!!!!
we had a book exchange with the "friendly frogs" and then played pin the nose on rudolph! great fun & a perfect way to end the year until 2012!

the prize (that everyone received) for playing the game...was a bag of reindeer food! we can't have santa missing our neighborhood!!!!!! these were definitely a labor of love (that my husband questioned about every 5 minutes...seeing as he was put to work too!!!!)...but definitely worth every second! i love their glittery noses...and i love the bows on the "girlie" reindeer!!!
today came the tricky part! jeffrey was out of town...& i needed to be in two places at once! maddie also had a special performance of "away in a manger" at her christmas program & ella had her party, that as co-room mom, i was in charge of!!!!! so since i couldn't figure out last minute how to cut myself in half, i ended up going to maddie's performance first...and thanks to my mom & brooke, i was able to dash away when it was over to get to ella. mrs. keen said that ella kept saying "but my mom isn't here yet..." broke my heart! maybe i need to ask santa for a clone this year!!!!!!!

maddie did wonderfully...she is such a little song bird! her mouth while she sings is the. most. precious. thing. EVER!!!! i was so proud of her! again...amazed at her confidence...i definitely could learn a thing or two from these little people! ava thoroughly enjoyed watching her sister perform...and licking on a bout 5 dumdums at once!!!!
this pic was when she saw maddie on stage...
...and this is when she heard a song she knew...such a little "sassafrass"!!!! i laughed out loud when i saw this picture!!!!! she'll have her turn on stage before we know it!!!
ella's party (the part i actually made) was adorable! the other room mother is a reincarnation of martha stewart so i knew everything would be top notch! my only contribution was the "take away" reindeer ornament (i told you...i'm addicted to rudolph this year!!!) that the kiddos made! they painted clay pots and turned them into rudolph jingle bell ornaments! after a book exchange and a snack, they played a cute game...of decorating a christmas tree...or a friend! they split into groups and decorated each other! lots of holiday happiness!!!

ella was getting her daily dose of "teacher hugs"! i asked mrs. keen what she was going to do without "ella hugs" during the break...she gets lots every day!
we love this teacher SO. VERY. MUCH! what a precious soul!

ella & her best pal, kendal

i am so excited about spending the next 2 weeks with these three little people! we have a BIG surprise planned for them next week with their cousins...but other than that, i am looking forward to spending time in our jammies, decorating cookies, watching christmas shows, & just enjoying being together!!!!!

this time of year is so special to me for so many reasons. i have much to be thankful for...& blessings abound! i hope your christmas season is filled with just as much!

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