Tuesday, December 14, 2010

We're halfway there!

We've been having a lot of fun with our 25 Days of Christmas. Here is an update of our first 13 days.

1. Wrote little E’s letter to Santa. In the letter we told Santa about our new family tradition and we've already received a personalized letter back! Little E loved our walk down the street to put the letter in the mailbox, but was more interested in stomping in each one of the puddles on the way there and back.

2. I hung our banner of cards on the living room wall the night before and when little E saw it this morning he said “WHOA!” Best reaction ever! That evening we went to the Illumination Ceremony at Parliament Hill and although we couldn't make it in time for the big lighting, we still loved seeing all of the lights and listening to the Christmas music over the loud speakers.

3. Hubby and little E had a dance party to Christmas music while I was out for my work Christmas Party. Hubby took the cutest video on his phone of little E's dance moves - which mostly involves running around in circles.

4. Attended the Manotick Santa Parade. It was freezing, but the parade went by really quickly. That's what I love about small town parades. Little E got a balloon and a mini hockey stick so he was thrilled. And according to him, every man driving a tractor in the parade was Grandpa.

5. Decorated the house and the tree - strategically placing all breakable ornaments at the top of the tree. So far only one Christmas ball has been taken off the tree and chucked across the room like a baseball and only one has been chopped at like a pinata with a hockey stick. 2 down.

6. Made shortbread cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees and snowflakes. I made the dough, little E spread the flour (everywhere) and Hubby rolled out the dough. It was a fun little activity for us to do together.

7. Made paper snowflakes and decorated the window. Little E pulls the curtains back everyday to look at them.

8. Watched a Christmas movie – Elf with Will Farrell (little E only saw the opening scenes and then it was bed time for him). I love this movie.

9. Watch a Christmas TV show – Thomas the Train's Tricky Tree (thanks to Rogers on Demand). Unfortunately, all the classic shows are after little E’s bed time. Hopefully we can find one on the weekend. Other than watching his Baby Einstein videos every once and a while and sports highlights with Hubby, he isn't exposed to much TV. But now, he is asking me again and again for the train movie...uh oh, what have I done?

10. Drove around (instead of walking because we didn't have time before gymnastics) to see lights on the houses in the neighbourhood. Little E especially loved the blue ones and was very enthusiastic with his "whoa's" and "wow's" in the back seat.

11. Painted some Christmas gifts at Gotta Paint. I'm still getting used to the fact that toddlers can be totally involved in an activity and then the suddenly refuse it. We got enough painting in before he started his "no, no, no's" though.

12. Had fun playing in the snow/freezing rain. Made a snowflake ornament out of popsicle sticks and little cotton balls and hung it on our tree.

13. Made a gingerbread house. I was going to attempt to go all Martha Stewart and make one from scratch but I caved and got a Wilson's boxed kit (FYI- They are on sale at Michaels for $7.99 right now). This was the funniest activity yet because neither Hubby nor I really cared how it ended up and just had fun with it. So it basically looks like a old broken down house with a bunch of candy thrown on top. That's what you get when you let a 19 month old take charge. Little E is very proud of his house.

I can't believe 13 days have already passed. Much more fun to be had!

1 comment:

  1. Great ideas and so much fun! We are not doing the 25 days of Christmas, but you reminded me i wanted to do Gingerbread houses. I will purchase the supplies today! I think I'll save it for the weekend though.... we'll see.