Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Party Week

This was Keira's last week of school before Winter Break.  The big events of this week were attending Keira's "winter party" at school and our Church Christmas Party.  It also marked the start of my official Boston Marathon training plan.  It is in 18 weeks!

On Monday, as part of my Boston training, I redeemed a free personal training session once I got Keira off to school.  It was a fun and challenging workout. 

Keira also had  her last ballet class until the new year.  Parents were allowed to view this class.

On Tuesday, I got Keira off to school, and then took Soren to the gym, and then Storytime. 

He did not want to leave the gym today, because he became quite attached to a very old F350 toy truck that had apparently been there as long as everyone could remember.  He did enjoy the Christmas storytime.

On Wednesday, while Keira was at school, we went to the gym again.  Now that I am in my official plan, we will pretty much be going everyday for something.  I took Soren's picture with his favorite truck.  It is at least making it easier for him to go since he can look forward to playing with it.

Keira came home from school wearing this cute wreath with "candles" on her head.  They are learning about how Christmas (and other holidays) around the world are being celebrated.  I think this is Swedish?

On Thursday, I was able to attend Keira's "winter" party while my VT Cara, watched Soren.  She had an appointment at 11, so I left a few minutes early.  It also meant I could get to the gym by 11.  Keira insisted that she wear a "party" dress since it was a party, and wore her sparkly dress that she wore on rock star day.  I was amazed when I got to school and several girls had on either sequined or glittered dresses.  She was not alone with the request to wear a party dress to school apparently!  Her school has a policy where they do not allow food to be part of any celebrations, so they did lots of crafts.  Keira made a cute frame of her class picture as well as an ornament.  They played several games, including hot potato with a snowman and BINGO.  She had a  great time, I was really glad that I was able to attend.

Soren had fun at the gym, and I took him to Chick Fil A afterwards so that we could have a fun activity together too today.

On Friday, I got Keira to school and Soren ready for the day. 

I needed to make cheesy potatoes during the day for the ward Christmas party. I got them in the oven in the nick of time, and then everyone got changed for the party.  There would be an ugly sweater contest, and I happen to love Nordic sweaters.  Ryan does not share my affinity for them, so I wore my busiest sweater, but not really a "bad" sweater.  The kids wore typical children's Christmas sweaters, and Ryan wore a nice sweater.  None of us planned to enter the contest, and the winners were really awful!  It was a really fun party, with good musical entertainment.  Keira and Soren were so excited when two of the youth sang one of the songs from Polar Express.  We also had lots of our own cheesy potatoes to bring home too as leftovers!

Saturday was a rather typical Saturday for Ryan and I.  I started the day with a long run, and when I got back, Ryan did a training DVD in the "pain cave". 

The kids enjoyed relaxing around the house a bit, and we did some errands.  Ryan and I are considering new phones, so we shopped around for those.  We also ate dinner at Smashburger, which is a great burger place.  They are a sponsor for cycling, which makes us like them more, and they have chicken and veggie burgers, as well as sweet potato fries.  It was great.  Once the kids were in bed, Ryan and I worked on wrapping presents.

On Sunday, the kids woke up and were so excited about all the wrapped presents.  They were also very excited about the new playmobil set that our elf set up for them.

We had a decent day at church. 

Soren brought home this ornament, where is very grumpy!  It was such a well made ornament, with a high quality photo, it was a bummer that he made such a strange face.   

We also had a visit from our home teachers.  It was a busy day!

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