Our halloween included the boy's dressing up like superhero's and Andrew being a 'green dragon' whom the boys had to slay to rescue the princesses and candy box. I had given the boys water balloons but they did not realize that I had also given a secret stash to Andrew which was a fun revelation. Afterwards, we watched It's the Great Pumkin Charlie Brown.
We felt a great representation of this years christmas was a zebra tree 'topper' (really a tree bottomer).
We knew that the holidays would have their ups and downs. Meaning that we would really miss our friends, family, christmas parties, christmas trees, etc., but that we would also be excited about getting to spend Christmas with our new family members for the first time. We did not want to take up any space in bags or on the container with christmas decorations so I had been saving pinterest ideas for quite some time. I didn't do any of them except salt dough ornaments in the shape of gingerbread men.
We got a pretty neat stick at the beach and put in a bucket of sand. Instead of a tree skirt the kids decorated the sand with shells. The kids dumped out the lego bucket and sorted all the red, white and green ones to make their own ornament for the tree.
The boys sacrificed the battery operated lights off their bulletin boards that hang over their beds. I just have to tell that getting that stick home was one of the funniest things I have had happen since we've been here. There are so many scenes etched in my memory that could be norman rockwell paintings. Men hanging out of dump trucks shouting for us to stop because obviously we couldn't know that there was a giant stick strapped on top of our car. Half asleep guys waking up with wide eyed looks of surprise. Flailing and pointing all around. We even had a police officer stop us. Once we explained that it was in fact our christmas tree he shook his finger at us slowly saying a very drawn out 'OOOOOHHHHHH' as if we were really up to something. And then he laughed and let us go.
One special moment for us was the viewing of the pre-recorded book from Mimi and Grandvan. So fun to hear their voices even if I did hear them read The Night Before Christmas about 100 times. It was a really thoughtful and loved gift.
Another special moment was the viewing of the video that so many friends put time and effort into. WE LOVED IT!!! What an awesome gift to see our friends, family and well wishers on the screen and hear their voices. We loved the songs you made up, random dance moves and other personal touches that you so lovingly put in. It will always be logged in memory as one of my favorite gifts ever and it truly made our christmas twice as happy having such great friends.
Everyone was in a generally jolly mood and I love the sounds of our kids laughing and playing through the house.