Christmas 2012

i really wanted christmas this year to be christ-centered
so when my sister told me about THIS BOOK
i bought it right away and we got to work
 emily freeman starts the first monday of november and each monday following
they pick on character from the nativity scene and learn more
the book includes a lesson, an activity, treat (recipes included) the works!
it was very simple and will be a great tradition for our family
since our kids are little, we had then draw while we were talking
obviously, i need to invest in some christmas paper :)

one of the activities was to do a service
it was interesting how this came about
we read a curious george christmas book about service
and brackon said he wanted to do something
at lunch, he said, let's open a restaurant
and we can use the money we earn to buy something for someone
i had just made bread so it was kinda good timing (??)
so i just tried to roll with it
i called some neighbors to see if they wanted lunch
so we did a couple deliveries and had one neighbor come join us for lunch
he made $15 and so we went to the store and got some little gadgets
and then packaged them up
we took them to some kids at the hospital
it was a very special experience to see my boys' eyes light up
when the kids got excited for visitors (and a gift)

before christmas we headed on our LONG journey to be with family
only 25 hours later, we made it to our destination

it just so happened that grandpa marlin's dog had puppies
so brackon was thrilled to pick one out and give him a name
meet "JACK"

cousin sandwich

these two boys were inseperable

cousins watching movie "peace" :)

the boys with their favorite christmas toys
coopers cash box (with lock)
brackon's castle

we decided 25 hours wasn't too bad and we took a detour home
we stopped at my dad's in colorado for new years
it was fun to be there all by ourselves, usually when we go, it's with THE WHOLE FAM

for some reason brackon wanted to celebrate with smores


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