Sunday, December 19, 2010
Snow Day and other Fun Christmas Preparations
This was a busy week, with it being the last full week before Christmas and of school/work. It started off with a snow day for us, after the snowfall we had last Sunday. We finished up the week with a busy busy Saturday, and then a restful Sunday.
On Monday, the schools were closed as a result of the snow and the cold temperatures. We didn't let this stop us, and we did make it out of the gym and one errand. The roads were passable, but it just took extra time. We played inside for a bit.
After some fun indoors, we decided to go outside to play. We had a blast playing in the snow, and our neighbors made a really cool snow cave that we helped them work on a bit. They really did most of the work.
On Tuesday, I did the moring track workout at the gym, and then we did a few errands that we didn't do the previous day. Ryan and I were able to get a lot of the presents wrapped an put under the tree last night, so Keira and Soren were very curious about them.
We did bundle up again to play in the snow, but the temps were still very cold so the snow had gotten even harder and crunchier today than yesterday.
On Wednesday, Keira went to school for her school Christmas (Holiday) party. It was scheduled for Monday originally, but was moved to today so they could still have it. Keira had a good time. Parents were not invited, and the sign up was full super fast, so I didn't have anything to do to help today.
Soren had his last library storytime before Christmas. It was fun as always for him.
Miss Kathryn passed out stuffed animals for everyonen to rock to sleep. Soren was super snuggly and enjoyed being rocked. He was really such a sweetheart!
On Thursday, we went visiting teaching. Shannon had only a short time, so we had a super fast visit with her, and then we saw Deborah. I feel like she is visitin teaching me! This time she had lunch in the oven when we got there since her children were hungry. She also was watching Elise today, and Keira had a blast playing with her friend. Soren had a good time too playing with all the boys and Sadie. We had to run up to the mall quickly on our way home, and Keira and Soren wanted to play there too. They did a lot of playing today! The fact that they have to wear socks/tights now that it is no longer "croc" weather makes playing on the "band-aid" a bit more difficult. Keira and Soren kept sliding down onto each other and had a blast. Keira finally got the hang of it, while Soren went back to his favorite, the popsicle.
On Friday, we had a great day. In the morning, I took Keira to her field trip to see "Snow White" at the Marquis Theatre in downtown Northville. I was bummed that I left my camera in the car, thinking that I didn't need it since photography wasn't allowed during the performance anyway. I missed a few good photo ops of Keira with her classmates, but did get a couple shots on my phone.
Soren wasn't allowed to go, so he spent the time shopping with Nana. Everyone was on a tight schedule today, so we rushed home for some quick lunch before I took Keira and Soren over to Valerie's house. Valerie had called me this morning saying that since she was going out of town on Sat, it would be a lot better to do our long run for her today, and she had gotten a babysitter for me at her house to make it happen! That was awesome of her, and I could NEVER turn down such a great offer, no matter how tired I was or cold outside it is. It was pretty cold, but we got in 13 miles at Kensington. We pretty much had to drive out there because the streets around here are still pretty ice packed and we didn't have enough roads to go that far without going crazy repeating the same 1 mile of cleared roads 13 times. When we got back, I put Soren down for a nap, but he ended up sleeping until Sat morning. It was probably a good thing since we had a huge day planned.
Saturday was a very busy day. Since my running was finished on Fri, I was able to take Keira and Soren to a special Christmas Kindermusik/Breakfast with Santa. They loved the music and Christmas stories. They were a bit unsure about Santa, and Soren didn't want to go up to visit him alone. Keira did run up and give Santa her letter, way to fast for me to take a picture of her doing it, but she did sit with him briefly.
Keira's letter to Santa. It says, To Santa I want Tinkerbell, Doll, Candy- Keira. The letters are all there, but some of the Ns look like W or Ms, and there are a couple extra letters.
Keira ran up really quickly and dropped off her letter.
She finally got brave and explained it to Santa.
We hit the gym quickly where I had a fast swim, and then went home from some lunch. We tried to have Soren take a quick nap, but I don't know that he did, because we had wanted to go to the Dixboro General Store to visit with Santa. We love this store, and had been planning this early on in the week. This visit went great. Soren ran right up to Santa and then turned around so he could pick him up to put him on his lap! We got our best Santa picture of the two kids ever! They went over what they wanted with him too.
We grabbed a quick dinner at Chipotle before heading to see Brittany for some pre-Christmas haircuts. Everyone except me got them, mine will be Tuesday morning. After haircuts, We had our LAST visit for cider and donuts at Three Cedars until next fall! We really hope KY has something in terms of cider and donuts.
Finally, I finished up some sugar cookies that Keira and I had started earlier in the day to give to her and Soren's teachers at church tomorrow:
On Sunday, we had a restful day. We went to church and Ryan did his home teaching. The kids hung out at home, going back and forth from being complete angels and playing really nicely to fighting with each other pretty much all afternoon.
The highlight of my day was a short visit from Shannon and her family. They brought us a treat and sang a couple Christmas Carols. It really brightened my day. Thanks so much!
Keira's artwork from this week:
We are looking forward to celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, this week! Merry Christmas