Hold on because I have another weekend o' Christmas activities recap coming at you! I'm going to (try to) be brief, I promise.
Activity #1: SNOW DAY
Yes, you read that right, it snowed in Houston, Texas. Clara has been praying for God to make it snow for a while, so apparently we need to ask her to pray for things more often. Despite her obsession about it happening, Colby was actually way more into the snow than Clara was. Unsurprisingly, his favorite activity was throwing snowballs!
Brian was the creator of this impressive snowman, for the record!
Activity #2: Favorite Things Party
We've done this the last couple of years with the girls from our small group and it's always a hit. [Go here for a basic description of what a "favorite things" party entails.]
I actually brought 2 items as my "favorite thing" - this soap and this lotion. I went home with nail polish, bath salts, a jewelry cleaner pen, hair "spin pins", and mason jar salt and pepper shakers. Also, the requested attire was "comfortable and festive," so obviously I went with this beautiful over-sized Christmas sweatshirt that Brian purchased at a thrift store 10+ years ago.
Activity #3: Decorating a "public" Christmas tree
I posted about this on Instagram, but there's a tree near the walking trail near our house that we have spent the last couple of years saying we needed to decorate at Christmas time, so on Saturday we did just that.
Clara sported the "Rudolph" bun pictured in the top right for the occasion
Hopefully it will brighten people's days when they walk by it (... or dogs' days when they pee on it).
Activity #4: Decorating gingerbread houses/looking at Christmas lights with the Olivers
(I'm not sure why I keep titling these with caps... sorry if it sounds like I'm yelling at you).
Admittedly gingerbread house-decorating went better than light-seeing because the kids were being... well... annoying, but we still good to see a lot of pretty lights, so I'll call it a win.
Activity #5: Father/daughter - mother/son outings
Brian and Clara continued their annual tradition of going to see "The Nutcracker" on Sunday (joined by Wade and Avery this year). Clara was once again thrilled to (a) get snacks at the theater and (b) see "the new Clara" (as she calls her) dance!
Bottom right pic is of Clara and Avery matching at church before Clara changed into her Nutcracker-themed dress (courtesy of Mimi) for the big show!
Meanwhile, Allison, Davis, Colby, and I went out for dessert, video games, and a trip to the playground. Once we got home, I was getting things done around the house while Colby played, and when I asked if he wanted to come play in the room where I was, he said, "No thanks, sometimes I just like to be by myself." That little boy!
Activity #6: Neighborhood walk to see lights
After dinner on Sunday, we went on a stroll to see the lights in our little subdivision. Clara was cold/tired/scared most of the time (she was convinced that moving images projected on some of the houses were actually ghosts), but as you can see from this picture, Colby was happy as a clam.
Coming up: the twins' Christmas program at school, celebrating Christmas with Brian's family, a hayride, and more... I need an intervention.