Yesterday while the boys were in a new-toy-frenzy, and Dave was organizing our 2013 finances, I finished up my December Daily.
And every time I look through it I think, “gosh this December was Christmasy!” :)
So, here is the last week of the album.
I ordered the boys minecraft Christmas ornaments in early November from etsy. And it became a shipping nightmare. They went back and forth across the country a few times between me and the seller and finally, we got them just in the nick of time. So, I printed out part of the email correspondence I had with the seller and photos of the boys with their ornaments. On the right side, I put a full page photo of the tree. If you look closely, you can see that the lights of the tree are a starburst shape. I read a tutorial on how to do this (it involved using a tripod and a 30 second exposure) and I was really impressed with how it came it out!
The 20th was all about the holiday parties at the boys’ school. LOVE the photo of him with his two besties. :)
And the 22nd was about the return of Andrew Santa. He spent a few hours on Saturday building this year’s chimney (even covering it in wrapping paper!) and testing it out.
On the 22nd we went into the city to see the Christmas bustle at Rockefellar Center. It was a VERY warm 70 degree day!
I stuck a little story in here of Isaac reading part of our family’s advent passage at church. Since Isaac is so reserved, most of the people in our church have never heard him talk…so they were very surprised to hear him read a whole paragraph at the mic in front of a large crowd. :) They all started clapping when he finished. It was pretty neat. And I was so glad for them to see that part of him.
On the 23 we made more Christmas cookies. I waited to make this batch of cookies for a time when the boys could help. They love using the cookie press.
And on Christmas Eve the boys gave each other presents. Minecraft toys!
At 3 o’clock in the morning, on Christmas Day, I found Andrew Santa in full costume (which he did NOT sleep in!) running about the apartment with a sack of presents. I chased him back to bed only to have to do it again at 4am! Finally at 6:30, I gave Andrew Santa the green light. He came out, dressed, with bag of gifts and placed the gifts under the tree. Then he quickly de-costumed so Isaac wouldn’t catch him. :) I LOVE this kid. He makes things SO much fun.
For Christmas Day I made a collage of photos.
And I added another collage of our post-Christmas trip to Vermont.
And with that? The album is done.
Farewell, Crazy Christmas. We’ll see you again next year!