Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sweet Sunday

December 14th - 20th
All of our simple and sweet moments from the past week.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Sweet Sunday
Sweet Turtle Soup - Sweet Sunday
Sweet Turtle Soup - Sweet Sunday
We've been doing a ton of Christmas book reading! Loving our Christmas Book Countdown.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Sweet Sunday
I got so many cute photos from our mini tree photo shoot. We were practicing our 'surprise' Santa came face!

Sweet Turtle Soup - Sweet Sunday
I've been meaning to pull out Aria's Little People Nativity all month long and I finally remembered the other day. 

I was combing my hair yesterday and she ran to the door, pelted me with two of the animals, and then ran away. Gee, thanks. I've been camel-ed.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Sweet Sunday
Entertaining herself for a bit putting stickers on an envelope. They are the Disney gang so it is cute listening to her name them off, particularly goofy.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Sweet Sunday
Sneak peek at our Christmas baking!

Sweet Turtle Soup - Sweet Sunday
Visiting her fave bunny.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Sweet Sunday
Yelling for her godfather to give her the keys to his BMW. 'Turn on, keys, turn on.' 

Have a sweet Sunday!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Oh Hey, It's Five on Friday: Christmas Crafts

Still have the energy and time and patience to craft? I certainly don't. We've really switched gears to the baking portion of our holiday fun now though, but I'm hoping we can do some or all of these next Christmas. They are definitely a little advanced for Aria's age. She will be three next year though, so three sounds like the popsicle reindeer age, yes?

If you are looking for some extra cute and simple Christmas crafts I'd definitely add these ones to your list, or like me bookmark them for next year and cross your fingers you actually remember when the time comes.

1. Popsicle Reindeer Ornaments via Crafts by Courtney.

2. Candy Cane Ornaments via Rhinos to Rugrats.

3. Sled Ornaments via ANDIAMO.

4. Clay Ornaments via Tips from a Typical Mom.

5. DIY Winter Window Clings via artsy-fartsy mama.

Six days until Christmas....that escalated quickly, didn't it?

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17

For Days 1 to 9 click here!

Cannot believe how fast December is rushing past. Here is how we've spent the past week counting down to the BIG day...
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Book number ten was Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree, which Aria seemed to enjoy especially all the animals. We opened it at lunch so that dad could be there for it, he was missing out on the book openings with all the overtime he has been working this month.

Our activity for the tenth day was a reindeer craft. I officially suck at peeling off sticker backs and Aria had a heck of a time trying to put the stickers on the reindeer and not herself, but she loves her reindeer on the tree!
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
I just asked her the other night if she wanted to put cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve, and she said no. Then I asked her if she wanted to put out carrots for the reindeer, and she got pretty excited about that. So, reindeer trump Santa in her book.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Book number eleven was Snowmen at Christmas, which she loved because she is a big fan of 'snowmans' and thought the snowdog was hilarious.

Our activity for the eleventh day was salt dough ornaments! She even got to bust out her Birthday apron.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
I managed to mess the whole thing up and they all cracked. Too thick perhaps? Aria enjoyed mixing and rolling and tasting (yuck) and mushing so it wasn't a total wash.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17

Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Book number twelve was Christmas Magic, which was a really sweet story. Aria and I both enjoyed it, especially the lovely illustrations.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Time for a treat. Notice the other broken tissue paper above, another sneaky attempt at stealing extra treats.

Our activity for the twelfth day was eggnog muffins. Aria loves to help, and taste test everything including plain flour. She also blows on everything for some reason. So we'll pour in an ingredient and then she blows on it.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
The recipe called for a glaze but I always skip that step because I'm lazy, but I think these would have been a lot better with a glaze or a sugar top. As is they were just okay. I sent them all off to work with Chris - Christmas spirit, eh. Merry Christmas, have some mediocre muffins.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17

Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Book number thirteen was The Twelve Days of Christmas, which is one of my favourite Christmas books. I love all the details on each page, and there are a ton of things to point out and find.

Our activity for the thirteenth day was a trip to watch the Light Parade, which conveniently marched by one road over from our house so we only had to walk down the way to see it.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
It was cold as sin for us Floridians, so I was glad I thought to bring my winter coat with me and a blanket for Aria. We were toasty enough. Everybody else froze though.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Aria's favourite bits were when a bunch of horses pranced on past, and also yelling 'merry christmas' and clapping/waving at everybody.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Book number fourteen was The Spirit of Christmas, which I was super excited about because we are big fans of Nancy Tillman but both the story and the illustrations weren't as top notch as usual. It was close, but no cigar.

Our activity for the fourteenth day was shaving cream Santa beards, which was a real winner. Clearly. Aria loved it. I meant to use redi whip for Aria's beard but forgot in the moment. I think she may be scarred for life now. Um, Ho Ho Ho?
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17

Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Book number fifteen was Clifford's Christmas, which again was a hit. She is a total Clifford lover. Just like dad. Oddly enough I heard that Norman Bridwell passed away that day. I think he actually passed on Friday, but what a sad coincidence that the day I heard about it was the day Aria opened up another Clifford book. Or, just a bittersweet reminder that his creation still lives on.

Our activity for the fifteenth day was a Christmas tree mini photo session. She's rocking around the Christmas tree in this one.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17

Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Book number sixteen was The Animals' Christmas Eve, which is another hit. Anything with animals is usually a success with Aria.

Our activity for the sixteenth day was postponed so instead I watched The Family Stone, one of my fave Christmas movies, in bed after Aria went to sleep, and then started on my Mommy & Me Book Exchange book - I Capture the Castle, which grabbed me right away. A lazy mostly computer free evening was just the ticket, plus I went to bed early.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Book number seventeen was Dream Snow, which prompted many pig snorts from Aria. She just kept going and going and going, I was cracking up at her enthusiasm. She thought the rooster was a turkey, so we worked on 'doodle-doo'. Animal sounds are one of my favourite things to teach Aria.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17
Showing off her two treats - one a Hershey's hug and the other a Dove peppermint bark bite. I usually let Aria have the hug and then we split the peppermint bark one.

Our activity for the seventeenth day was Christmas toes! Since I'm out of red...gasp, we went with green and sparkles.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Counting Down to Christmas: Days 10 to 17

Merry 7 more days until Christmas!

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