Sunday, December 6, 2015

Advent Kickoff

With Alfie back, his first official duty was to unearth our much awaited advent calendar! Jackson knows the drill, and I can't sneak anything past him now. He knows what day it is and I can't slack at all. So here we go Alfie, we've gotta be on top of our game this year! Our activities this year are lots of familiar favorites (we've done them twice now so they are traditions), as well as a few new surprises.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Happy first day of Christmas Jackson & Andrew! Santa will be here in just 24 days! We want you to always remember that Christmas is really all about Jesus’ birthday. Find the present in under the tree and unwrap it to learn more about the very first Christmas. Afterwards, help Mommy set up the big nativity set!

Jackson could tell the nativity story word for word and act it out, while Andrew is still struggling to distinguish Joseph from the shepherds, but hey, at least I don't have to worry about anyone swallowing baby Jesus this year!

Even Gracie enjoyed our story time!
This may have been our Day 1 activity, but it's also been a Day 2 activity, and Day 3 activity, and Day 4 activity, and....Andrew especially is loving the book and little characters this year!

Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Happy second day of Christmas Jackson & Andrew! Santa will be here in just 23 days! You both are surely on the NICE list, so help Santa get ready by writing him a letter with your Christmas wishes while enjoying some homemade hot chocolate.

Jackson took his task very seriously. 

While Andrew took his hot chocolate (especially the marshmallows) very seriously.

He delegated most of the task of cutting to Dad but he was very confident in his gluing skills.

Big boy milestone right here--Jackson wrote his entire Santa letter all by himself. (I helped a little with sounding out words.) 

"Dear Santa, I want 5 toys. the toys wi[ll] be ni[n]ja turtl[e] bike, car ramps, batman cave. Luv Jackson"
Andrew dictated his letter and we wrote it together. And he likes marshmallows in his drink. LOL. Hey, I just wrote what he told me.

Our fun is just getting started!

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