One of the annual traditions we have in December is going to Lake Lanier to see the lights, roast marshmallows, pick out an ornament, and enjoy a festive time in Santa’s village. This was the first year that the boys were old enough to really enjoy the carnival rides they have to offer at Santa’s village, and they really had a lot of fun on the rides! When we got home, they loved placing their ornament on the tree to commemorate their evening of family fun.
This year we invited our friends Meagan, Ryhs, and Miles over to build Gingerbread houses. Parker was able to help a little more than last year, but still did quite a bit of eating instead of building, but I suppose that is just part of being a kid… and part of building a candy house! We had a great time, and enjoyed the unseasonably warm weather after lunch and let the boys play outside and go feed the fish. Good times were had by all!
This year Parker and Mason both got to participate in St. Aidan’s Christmas Concert. I was told that they both would be singing “Away in a Manger” and “Jingle Bells”. Since Mason was such a disaster after he saw me on Thanksgiving prior to his group singing, I made an effort to stay behind the camera and hide instead of smiling and waving at him. He did great! He smiled and tried to sing some, and it was cute as can be. They were given little baby dolls during away in a manger, and Parker was directed to sit right beside Mason. When he was handed the doll, instead of singing, he immediately began undressing the doll! The teacher wasn’t paying much attention, so he was busy doing that instead of participating, which is funny in it’s own right. They both joined back in for Jingle Bells though, and had a jolly time singing and being silly for the entertainment of all.
Parker and Mason both had their class parties last week. Mason had a cute party with adorable little treats. I love his teachers, and they have been great for Mason. He used to scream when I dropped him off, but now he loves going to school. They do lots of crafts and projects, and Mason has grown so much since we started him early fall.
Parker also had his party on the same day, but a half hour later. They did a pajama day, and got to bring their favorite toy or stuffed animal to school to talk about it. He brought his bear to school that Nannie got him, and he loved telling everyone about it, and watched frosty the snowman on TV! Parker had a blast. They started the party by a dance song called “Shake the wiggles out, and enjoyed dancing and goofing off. Then enjoyed some yummy treats and a Christmas craft. A great way to end the last day of the year at school.
We went to Cookies with the Clauses for the first time last year, and loved it so much that we decided that we had to go again this year. The boys had a blast decorating cookies (probably not as much as eating them), doing crafts, and dancing with friends. It was such a fun time and they boys had a blast getting into the Christmas spirit. The first stop, meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus went pretty well. Mason didn’t want to sit, but he eventually caved and stood beside Mrs. Claus after telling him that he would get a cookie afterward. After all it is cookies with the Clauses, so it was a justifiable bribe, right? It was a fun playdate!
Nothing starts the holiday season off better than going to go get a real Christmas tree! We went back to Kinsey Farms, where we went to get our pumpkin this year (that farm is so stinkin’ cute) and with the help of two sweet little boys, we picked out a tree that was just right for us!
After we found the perfect tree, Parker and Mason (mostly Parker) helped decorate it and place ornaments. Parker loved unwrapping the ornaments from the tissue paper and seeing what they were. We had a great time decorating our first family tree as a family of five!
The first weekend in December, they always do a tree lighting ceremony in downtown Alpharetta. It was a nice mild evening, so we decided to venture out with the kids to meet up with some friends, listen to jolly holiday music, grab some hot dogs, and watch the tree lighting. They boys enjoyed themselves, but boy was it packed. Apparently we weren’t the only one who thought the milder weather made for a nice family evening out!
I love comparing the photos of the kiddos when they were newborns. Who do you think look the most alike one another?
Newborn Pictures of Parker
Pictures by Tracy Adams Photography
We decided to do a joint Christmas and Birth Announcement this year since Sienna was born on November first. We had beautiful pictures taken from Tracy Adams Photography Wishing you the very best this season from our family to yours!
One day, during a walk around our neighborhood loop, Parker found a ginormous leaf and picked it up and wanted to keep it. Then he turned to me and said “Mommy, I want to paint this leaf!”. Intrigued by his creativity, I set up all the materials during his nap and let him paint away once he got up. Later, Nannie came over and her and Mason joined in on the fun! Mason LOVED painting. He must’ve learned in school because he always comes home such a mess from finger painting.