My mom and dad came down the first weekend in December to watch B play basketball. Mom brought gingerbread houses for the kids to make but as you can see the kids weren't the only ones participating in the fun.
Addy's first Santa experience this year was at Snow Day in Los Osos with the Schafers. We ended up having a pic taken of B and Mikayla cause Addy and Blake weren't so keen on seeing Santa. A little bribery ended up working with Blake, but not for Addy. She was more interested in the sledding that she insisted on going by herself.
My good friend, Julie and her family, gave B a great gift that gave him the opportunity to learn that it is better to give than receive and the true spirit of Christmas. His present was a gift card along with a note that said he was to spend part of the card on a gift for someone in need. We had a couple discussion on how and who the gift should be to and he choose the local police departments toy drive. So early Friday morning before school we dropped off the gift, got a pancake breakfast, and had yet another chance to see Santa.
With our ornaments in handed and prepared for our performance, we headed to Grandma Aurelie's Christmas party. My Grandma's Christmas parties are some of my fondest memories from my childhood, so I am glad that the family traditions have stayed strong. The parties are always filled with lots of laughter, the Christmas spirit, and a tad bit of sheninghans.
After spending the day in Prunedale, we made our way to Livermore to visit with Jeff's brother's family and celebrate. Addy and B enjoyed spending time and playing with their cousins.
We spent the week before Christmas finishing up our projects.
B and Addy made giant gingerbread men for Santa, exchanged their gifts to each other, and headed to bed because "the sooner and longer you sleep the sooner Santa will be here and the better the presents will be."
There was even enough time to do a little sword fighting with Poppa.