Thursday, December 31, 2009

Please excuse the weird picture layout.  I'm trying to get the hang of the new way of doing the picture uploads on the blog.

This is Alyssa's Christmas Concert at Preschool on the 17th of December.  Alyssa loves to sing and had been practising all her songs a lot. There were days when we had to tell her it was time to stop, which is terrible but sometimes the 30th Jingle Bells is too much :)  We weren't sure if she'd sing as loud or at all once she was in front of all the parents etc at the concert but she totally went for it.  I could hear every song that she sang clearly, it was great!  They sang Jingle Bells, Ring the Bells, Where is Santa, I'm a Little Snowman and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Once I figure out how to get a video on here i'll try and add some of the snippets I caught.

Alyssa loves to draw with crayons, markers or chalk it doesn't matter. Its been really cool to watch the changes in her technique. They always start out with the back and forth scribbling, then they get into circles and slowly things start to take form.  This is the first bunny rabbit Aly has done and I just had to take a picture because I thought it was awesome!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Letters to Santa. On Thursday Alyssa dictated her and Emerson's letter to me and then Aly signed her name and they both coloured their letters and envelopes to make them fancy. (Alyssa loves the stories about Fancy Nancy who is a little girl that makes everything fancy and helps her family and friends be more fancy too, really cute stories!)

December came so quickly, being away in November threw us off and it took awhile to get back to normal. The first week of December we slowly started bringing out Christmas decorations, movies, books etc. On Dec.6th we set up our tree and the kids were really good helpers putting ornaments on the tree.
With all the snow and cold weather Teagan and Alyssa have had to really bundle up to play outside. I let them go outside when the smaller kids are having nap time because a few of them are just too small to handle the weather conditions.
That Friday of the really big snowfall and insane road conditions it took Travis 7hrs to get home from work. He got stuck and had to abandon the car for several hours and hang out at his boss' house. This pic is of Emerson watching Travis dig us and the vehicles out, he literally opened the door and had to start digging we had such big snowdrifts in front of our house from the wind. The kids climber in the back was completely covered!
Our dancing penguins and snowman.
Alyssa's Christmas artwork from preschool.
Our snowman wreath on the front door speckled with blowing snow makes it really feel like winter and Christmas.
Knee deep snow.
Couldn't see out the playroom windows.
Santa on the inside of our door.

Our advent calendar that the kids take turns opening. Each box has a wooden ornament that gets hung on the trees behind. The snowglobe plays Santa Claus is coming to town and the music on the piano is We Wish You A Merry Christmas. I've been learning to play that one and Jingle bells because those are a couple of the songs Aly's singing at her Christmas concert next week.