And so the Nutcracker theme extended throughout all of Christmas, similar to last year. Elizabeth painted her own Nutcracker with grandmom and was fascinated with cracking nuts. She would still be cracking away if we were not all full of nuts! While Elizabeth made a Nutcracker, Andrew constructed a clay gingerbread house. His attention span is still fairly short but it came together good enough to declare "home" for Stink Bug. And yes, Stink Bug is in capital letters as that is his official name. As it is too cold outside to let him go, he has permanently taken residence in our house. He has his own little cage and gets water and lettuce everyday. I'll keep you posted on how long he lives this winter as now I'm really curious.
A favorite activity during the month of December was to watch the Christmas tree lights and the fire while drinking their milks warmed up. It does not get any better than this!
The kids did their Christmas shopping at the dollar store using their allowances. It was quite precious to participate in the purchases as there are many decisions to be made when picking out dollar store presents. Daddy's gift was the funny face which turned out to be a big hit. Everyone wanted to wear it!
And here's Andrew, showing us his favorite Christmas gifts. His favorite toys right now (and basically since birth) include anything that make noise, has multiple buttons/switches or includes some sort of water feature (e.g. squirt bottle). The howling dog guitar, play drill and portable music player all fit the bill.
Jan outdid himself cooking this Christmas. Let me say, we ate very well!
Merry Christmas family! We look forward to our next reunion!