Tuesday, January 3, 2012

And, back to real life . . .

I love the holidays - everything about them and this year, it went by way too fast for my taste.  Even though the decorations and holiday food are gone (well, I still have half a box of peppermint Joe Joes), I still can't believe it's over.  Before I move on in 2012, I want to share a few of our holiday photos.  

17 month old little sister = Christmas tree outside this year.  Big sister was the chief Tree Trimmer and Star Placer.

Even though I'm super challenged when it comes to rolled out cut out cookies, we did our best.

Big took some cookies to her favorite neighbors along with a picture that says "God and Jesus Love You."

Sants's little elf

A new bike so Big can be just like Daddy!

Little got a "beep beep."  I think she'd sleep in it if I let her!

Many attempts at a picture of the two of them together and this is about as good as it gets. 

I'll save any unposted holiday recipes for next year and instead give you a review.  You know I love games and I have to tell you about two that I got for Christmas:  Rory's story cubes and Spot It.  

I've seen both around, and even given them for gifts but and I finally have them for our family and have had a chance to play them.  What's fun is that they work great for groups of adults but I also spent about an hour playing both with big sister while little sister napped yesterday.  Great game concepts and I know we'll spend a lot of time with both of them.  Bonus:  they are small enough to tuck in your purse.

I also got a Kindle which I'm super excited about . . . I'd love to hear any suggestions for favorite books!

Happy 2012 to you all . . . may the upcoming year be blessed for you and your loved ones!


  1. I got my big girl Spot It. It's actually a really good game for people who have problems with visual processing (like my girl). It's fun!

  2. This isn't really a game, but I found an activity that we gave Chloe for Christmas. It's called "Pattern Play" and is different colored blocks that fit in a multitude of patterns into a tray. You get a bunch of pattern cards to copy, or you can copy your own. I would think that your oldest would be ready for such things pretty soon. It's basically very early math skills in a fun, challenging set up. It says ages 3 +, but I'd think most 3 years olds might not be able to do it without lots of help.
    Here's the website--all sorts of cool things to be found here!

  3. Carol - cool site and great ideas! I'll bookmark that one . . .