Whew! Its here finally… Epiphany or Three Kings Day or the Final True 12th Day of Christmas. The Christmas decor is slowly disappearing and the Three Wise Men visited us last night and left goodies for the kiddos. As usual, they made a bit of a mess (you know the camels like to eat my plants and tend to look into things they shouldn't) but they brought what the kiddos needed and some goodies too. I got the new Mumford and Son CD (yay) from the hubster in my stocking (we open these on the 12th day of Christmas- today). And all and all it has been a blessed Christmas with much less uncertainty than last year.
I am excited to see what the new year brings and truly glad that I don't have to come up with more fun ideas for the kiddos to do on a daily basis. Instead, I let them play and do as they want and get some crochet time in too. Right now I am working on a ripple blanket that was started over 6 months ago, pulled apart and re-inspired thanks to Jaime at More Than I'd Hope For. Thanks for the inspiration Jaime! I am glad we are finally getting to know each other after our simple hi and by from last year;-). Its amazing how many great blessings we miss out on because we live life in a rush. We pass the same person by everyday and never say more than a hello. But if we stop and say more, we open a whole new world of laughter and more- especially if that person likes to crochet!
Back to Christmas stuff :As promised to a reader, here are the last of our Christmas activities and I am overjoyed that we got to do so much in such a simple way.
Day 17th: I don't enjoy cleaning and cooking up much on those days when work is a hectic whirl so a picnic downstairs as we watch Prancer was in order to go with our pizza. They were psyched about this since I never let them eat dinner while they watch TV.
Day 18th: When momma is too busy to think of a craft, Little A comes to the rescue with glow in the dark Christmas trees. I am so proud of her!
Day 19th:I am a bit confused as to what we did this day. Did we go and see more holiday lights as demanded? Was this the day that we donated our toys to the local Salvation Army? I learned a lesson: Facebook it or write it down especially during the hectic Christmas season.
Day 20:We baked our first pie together…not bad.
Day 21: Dad is a lot of fun during snowflake making time and I love to see little ones concentrate on their cutting. We filled our sunroom with their lovely snowflakes and it helps to lighten the gray skies we have been under.
Day 22: The receptionist at my chiropractor's office knew I had my hand full as I tried to sit calmly through acupuncture with a 4 and 8 yr old by my side. She was so sweet and kept them busy and calm. Then she gave them a little Christmas wreath activity to do at home "so that mommy can have some mommy time". I appreciate it when another mom can read the tired look on your face and does something to help you out. I call it the secret language of moms.
Day 23: Casa de Luz. We enjoyed a great Christmas play and service via Casa de Luz, the Spanish Willow Creek church near our town.
Day 24: Posole! Soup if you can call it that. The posole was made at my mother in laws house where we open presents at midnight. We played games and sang songs. The best gift I received was singing "Baby its Cold Outside" with my husband who has a wonderful voice but refuses to sing loudly.