Days 5 and 6 of our countdown! Yesterday we painted festive nails — candy cane stripes and gold stars on pink!
Tonight we bundled up and enjoyed lots of fun at the Sammamish Tree Lighting Ceremony. The kiddos got to chat with Santa and Princess Merry, decorate cookies, get their faces painted, play games and make crafts. It was soooooo cold, but thankfully, many of the activities were inside.
Our Christmas countdown continues with gingerbread houses, window clings and ornaments!
I can hardly believe it is here! With daily surprises in the advent calendar, the countdown to Christmas is almost as much fun as Christmas itself in our house. In the past, our advent calendar has been filled with trinkets, small presents and a few coveted pieces of candy. This year, we changed things up a bit to focus more on family experiences and other people, and less on *things*. When I broke the news to the kids a few weeks ago, they were less than thrilled by the idea of it “not being as much fun,” but I’m pretty sure any lingering disappointment has long since disappeared.
Snowflake Lane in Bellevue was amazing. It completely exceeded all of our expectations with the stunning costumes, festive lights and the great singing and dancing show. And it was even more fun to do with cousins that we don’t get the chance to see very often. The kids are still talking about it days later. Little Miss asked if we could print out all the pictures of her posing with the characters and has since taped them all over her bedroom walls. So if you were to walk in her room, this is a sampling of what you’d see.
The most priceless moments of the night came when the “snow” started falling. Just look at these faces and the enthusiasm!
So. Much. Fun! Well, since I’ve already over shared, what’s it going to hurt to share a few more of my favorites from the night?
We really couldn’t have asked for a better way to start off our 25 days of Christmas.
A few pictures from our tree hunt with Grammy, Opi and Aunt Jasmine last Saturday. It was a pretty grey day and it tried to rain on us, but overall, it was a very successful adventure. We even found some antlers along the way!
Lots of fun seeing family over turkey and stuffing, and mashed potatoes too, on Thanksgiving day!
And look who came back to visit us this year. It’s Red! (For some reason, he didn’t come by last year like he had the year before that. Hmmm…) But we’re glad he’s back!
I love this time of year and the holiday season. All the decorations made a perfect subject for this month’s photography challenge.
Please continue on through the blog circle, starting with Lisa Jones, to see her take on this month’s challenge. Make sure to come back and visit this same time next month for our blog circle’s final challenge, “put yourself in the picture.”