Monday, 19 December 2011

Advent Activities 2011 Week 2

 Day 8
"Make candle holders for your teachers"
I had great plan on making cute little candle holders out of air hardening clay for L's teachers but when we opened the package I realised it was actually paper mache! I had to do some quick thinking and we ended up making bowls for them instead.
L had a great time mixing up the goo.

 L and Granny had collected little rocks and shells from the beach the day before.
 Good thing we started this project early as they took two days to dry by the fire.  Here is the finished product.  Not sure what they're going to do with them but it's the thought that counts right?
Day 9
" Look by the fire place"
I found this cute little 3D puzzle at the dollar store.
 Day 10
"make snowman hand print ornaments"
These have been all over the blogsphere this year and last and I really wanted to do them with L.  She did the hand print and I painted on the snowmen.  She also helped push the shiny garland into them.
 Day 11
"bake gingerbread cookies"
L made these Christmas gingerbread cookies to take to her sing along at school.
 Day 12
"Look under the tree"
This was before we had any presents under the tree.  L found a little kit to make this Rudolph ornament.
 Day 13
"Look on the table"
I found this foam gingerbread house kit on sale at our local craft store.  We'd never done one before and it was tons of fun.  I love how it turned out.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

First week of advent activities 2011

This year since I don't have as much free time our advent activities have been a combination of little gifts, crafts, and Christmas activities.

Day 1
"Look on your chair"
L started off her advent calendar by finding a pair of Christmas socks with snowmen on them.  I'm having a hard time peeling them off her feet long enough to wash them!

Day 2
"Find all of our Christmas books"
I was amazed at how many Christmas books we've acquired over the years.  Some old favourites like The Night Before Christmas as well as a new collection of wonderful Christmas stories.
Day 3
"Make Christmas cards."
We took on the ambitious project of making cards for all 22 children in her class.  We have been trying different styles of cards on different days and are about half done.

Day 4
"Look by the fish bowl"
L found this cute little snowmen pencil crayon.

Day 5
"Make candy cane ornaments"
Simple yet effective!

 Day 6
"Make snowflake decorations"
We were making some modest snowflakes until Daddy got involved and took the snowflakes to a whole other level!  This was really a fun family activity.

Day 7
"Look by the fireplace"
L loves The Nutcracker ballet and reading her Nutcracker storybook.  For day six she found a little wooden nutcracker ornament that she could paint herself.  She was absolutely thrilled to have a Nutcracker like Clara and carried it around all day before painting it.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

The Voice of an Angel

It's amazing how time passes.  I realise I haven't been doing much blogging lately and I think it's because now I'm working part time my creative mom-jo is worn out!   I did however want to write a post about a couple of L's birthday presents.
We wanted to get L her own CD player for her birthday but after looking around quickly realised they are pretty much becoming obsolete!  We weren't quite ready to get her an Ipod but eventually found something much much better.
A karaoke machine!! It was the perfect gift for our little performer and L LOVES it.  It even has disco lights!  L uses her own CDs in it and either sings along with the microphone or dances to them.  She can spend hours this way.  The other night she preformed the whole Nutcracker Ballet with her assortment of dolls.
We also gave her a case for her CDs so she can be completely independent with the whole thing.

L's second favourite gift was a CD from her absolute favourite singer Jackie Evancho.  After showing her this Youtube video last year, L has been Jackie's number one fan.  We also recorded a whole Jackie Evancho concert from PBS and L loves to watch it and attempt to sing along.
If you haven't had a chance to listen to this girl I would highly recommend checking her out.  She seriously has the voice of an angel.
L puts on her flower girl dress (or as she calls it her "Jackie Evancho" dress)daily to perform along with her CD.  She even told me the other day the she is going to be Jackie for Halloween next year!
It's all good for me. I don't mind her having a singing angel for an idol at all!!
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