Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve Day and Eve

Well Ben flooded the rink one week ago and today we felt was the perfect day for its Grand Opening.  It was perfect!  Jonas was out there by about 7:45.  All in all, the kids spent a few hours on it today.  It is a lot of fun!

 Go, go, Jonas!

 I love this.

 The happy skating gang.

 She's already better than she was last year.

 Such a cutie!  Although she's very aware and not-super happy that she does not have skates like everybody else.

So that was how our morning and afternoon was spent - with some things intermingled in as well.  Tonight  was spent getting our Little House on the Prairie dinner ready.  This is our 2nd year doing this theme - and since last year's was pretty horrible tasting, I knew it wouldn't be worse!  And it was actually good - at least some of it.  Here was our menu:  oyster soup (nobody else like but Ben), rabbit and dumplings (the rabbit was actually very, very good and the dumplings were great too - "the best I've ever had," said Ben), and creamed carrots (the only hit from last year and so I wanted them again; a hit again).
 Our cute kids eating their fare.

 After we had cleaned up, Lucy found a rabbit-leg and ate it up.  What a funny gal.

Then it was time for the siblings to exchange their "handmade" gifts to the person's name they had picked:
Lucy - Emmy had gotten her and with Ben's help they made some fun bath toys (PVC and suction cups - pour water in them, etc.).  Miles - Jonas had picked his name and so we made him some paper animals:  a whale and a swallow-tail bird.  Emmy - Miles had gotten her and made her a fairy wand and fairy dust (sugar, powdered sugar, and cinnamon).  Jonas - Lucy had him and so we printed up a picture and decorated a frame.  Lucy made the hearts with her fingerprints.  Jonas was so sweet and kept telling her thank you.  All the kids were excited about giving and getting.

Then it was time for new PJs.  I didn't make them. . . maybe every other year I will.

 This pretty much sums up how Monas Jonas was for most of the evening.  Sweet Emmy was trying to put her arm around him and he was so mad about it.

After about 1/2 a dozen shots I finally said, "Nobody will leave until everyone smiles."
It worked, for the most part (Lucy was making a face back at her dad :).

Happy Christmas Eve!


Emily said...

What a great way to spend Christmas Eve! Tell Ben that the ice rink is awesome!! You must be the coolest family in town!

Niederfam said...

LOVE the sibling exchange idea, SO cute, great projects for GREAT kiddos. ;)

Nicole said...

oh my!! i thought you had gone ice skating...but in your back yard?!!! so dang cool!! i love it. genius!

And lucy just looks like little cindy lou who to me! So darling!