Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Five

1. It's the most wonderful time of the year... and the crazy busiest! The first week of December was full of commitments and events, and next week is looking to be just as packed. Last night I helped host my provisional project for Junior League... and after coming home and setting up Lady's marshmallow bubble bath, I ran one of my own (sans marshmallows, ha!).

2.
We've been advent calendaring with holiday activities for each day in December. On Monday, Parker handed out candy canes to all the Huntsville Library employees :) 

Wednesday's activity was visiting Santa Claus! Sweet Parker won Santa over, using his very best manners and asking him for a twenty-four hour clock.


3.
Nap time this week was spent addressing our Tiny Prints Christmas cards...

Am I the only one who hoards Christmas stamps? These gingerbread ones are from years ago, and I have snowflakes and the new Christmas window collection as well... I always stock up just in case I can't make it to the post office one year, except that I do it every single year. They're all the forever stamps so I suppose it's not a bad investment ;) 



I wrote here about DIYing your family photo... I ended up selecting this one above for the front of our card, and talked about our year on the back:



4.
My favorite nap time activity, though, is chalkboarding of course!

Even the playroom chalkboard got a festive makeover!


5.
Max was in London this week, six hours ahead of us. Parker seemed like he was trying to get on London time as well, waking up earlier and earlier each morning this week... pre-sunrise kind of early. So, we did his Tuesday advent calendar activity in the dark of the morning before preschool (and still had plenty of time for breakfast, getting dressed, and even more playing before it was time to leave).


He loved it so much we busted out the paints and paper trees the following mornings as well, joined by ginormous cups of coffee for Mommy :)


If you're looking to do the same project with your little one, you'll need:

Q-tips
Crayola Washables
An empty plastic egg crate
Green card stock cut in the shape of a Christmas Tree

*I also like putting down parts of cardboard boxes to serve as a workspace

The Q-tips help keep the colors from mixing, and bonus - they're a breeze to clean up since they go straight into the trash afterwards.


Have a happy holiday weekend!!






21 comments:

  1. Looks like y'all have had a good, busy week! I love all of the Christmas activities that y'all have been up to. Happy Friday!

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    1. Parker races to the calendar each morning to see what the activity will be - I love it!! Happy Holidays :)

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  2. Love your advent calendar activities and your Christmas cards turned out great!! I need you chalkboard skills - teach me your ways!!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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    1. You are so sweet!! Lots of erasing? Ha!

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  3. I LOVE that elf bubble bath. So cute that you even did the towel around the head!!! Your Christmas cards are super cute - I have some Christmas stamps from a few years ago, too. No shame in your game. :)

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    1. It's little man's favorite, too, because he sneaks marshmallows all day ;) The "towel" was fabric held together with hot glue!

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  4. Your Christmas cards are SO cute! I think next year I would like to tell more about our year on the back... as of now we've only been doing a short sentence or phrase, but I think next year I'm going to write a book. Haha.

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    1. I LOVE getting the cards that tell about the year - especially if it's from far-away families we don't see a lot :)

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  5. I love all of your Christmas activities especially handing out candy canes at the library. As a librarian's child I am sure they appreciated the gesture! Jess at Just Jess

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  6. That is the cutest Elf on a Shelf. Love it. I love your Christmas cards. They came out beautifully! I LOVE that deer on the chalkboard you listed. I need that! Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you!! The deer was from that new line at Target - but from maybe OCTOBER, eeeks. Have not seen it in store for awhile but I bet it's online?

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  7. That marshmallow bath is perfect! Our elf has been leaving marshmallows for the boys every morning if they were good the day before. I might just have to do a marshmallow bath on the last day ;) You're cards came out great! I love the year recap on the back. Have a great weekend! Beautifully Candid

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  8. You always have the best kids activities! Any time I need something fun to do for Hazel, this is the first place I check. Thanks!!

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    1. Oh, thanks so much, Katherine!! It's so much fun sharing what we're working on. Happy Holidays :)

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  9. That is so smart about hoarding the Christmas stamps!! I'm always rushing to the post office last minute to grab them! Hope you had a lovely weekend!

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    1. Lol, it's like I fear that one year they'll stop making them or something! So silly!

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  10. Your cards came out so great - I love what you wore!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  11. I am pretty sure that you guys got the REAL SANTA CLAUS. That man looks legit.

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  12. I absolutely adore your Christmas cards!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  13. I love seeing everyone's elf shenanigans! And your Christmas card is so so lovely!

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