Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Christmas Adventures Part Two

December 13:
We watched Frosty the Snowman

December 14:
We went to church for Family Night Supper and the KIA Christmas Program. The boy lost the privilege of singing in the program. Emily enjoyed singing Christmas songs on the stage with the other kids.

December 15:
The kids  made Christmas cards for all of their grandparents.

December 16:
We were supposed to watch The Grinch, but the kids were having issues following directions, so they didn't get to watch it on this day.
But we did watch it later on and then had a great discussion about loving others. The Grinch was sad and mean because no one ever showed him any love. But God loves all of us, even when we are sad and grumpy and wants us to ALWAYS love others, even when they are sad and grumpy. At the end of the movie, everyone showed the Grinch love and he wasn't so sad and mean anymore. The kids decided that we need to make sure we are always showing other love, just like Jesus did and that we can make people feel better by showing them we love them and can share God's love with them too. (Most of this was Kyle and Emily....which very little input from mommy!)

December 17:
We went to Grandma Franks' house and celebrated Christmas with her, Aunt Kara, and Bob.

December 18:
The kids all got to eat a candy cane.

December 19:
We made Wreath "Blob" treats...and ate them!

December 20:
This day's adventure was a drive to look at Christmas lights, but it got delayed a day due to bad behavior.

December 21:
We read all of the Christmas books we could find in our house as a family. My favorite is "God Bless our Christmas"

December 22:
Mommy took the kids shopping to buy Christmas presents for daddy. I told therm they couldn't just get him all candy. They did a good job of picking out snickers, socks, winter gloves (Daddy's old ones had holes in them from playing with fire), and a game.
Kyle and Emily asked if the kids could buy gifts for each other as well...because Christmas is about Jesus and celebrating His gift to us by giving gifts to others. So we went back to the store once daddy was home and each kiddo got to pick out of gift for one sibling. It was kind of fun watching them pick out the "perfect" gift!

December 23:
We made birthday cupcakes for Jesus and sang Jesus Happy Birthday.

December 24:
We went to the Christmas Eve service at church. Two years ago, someone decided to give Kyle and Emily candles during the service and now this service is something they look forward to every year because they get to sing with the adults and then hold fire at the end!

December 25:
Christmas Day!!
After breakfast we read the Christmas story from Luke and then opened presents. The kids enjoyed opening their presents from each other. From Mommy and Daddy, they got tickets to go see Paw Patrol live in February. They are kind of excited about it, but aren't really sure what it is.
Then we got to go to church. Kyle and Emily thought it was so cool that we got to go to church on Jesus' birthday to celebrate!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Adventures Part 1

December 1: Set up Little People Nativity
This seems to be one of the favorite Christmas adventures every year. This year, Kyle and Emily started talking about getting out the Nativity about the middle of November! When we got it out, they used it to act out the Christmas story. It was fun to see them using verses this year!

They made a video for their cousins to help them learn the Christmas story too. They normally include a lot more details, but I think they were a little nervous being in front of the camera.

December 2: Ionia Light Parade
We didn't get to do this adventure. The kids were having a rough day listening and following dirrections, so they lost the privlage of going to the parade. (We did go to the Silver Bells Parade in Lansing the week before, so they did get to see at least one Christmas light parade this year.)

December 3: Live Nativity
Aunt Karen, Uncle Larry, Taylor, and Anthony came up and went with the kids and I to see our church's live nativity. It wasn't too cold and we enjoyed hearing the Christmas story from a differnt perspective and seeing Brent as a sheppard!

December 4: Put up Window Decals

December 5: Watch Elf

December 6: Make Snowman Decorations

December 7: Make Wreath Decorations

December 8: Make Snowflakes

December 9: Make sugar cookies
Aunt Kara was here and helped us cut out our sugar cookies!

December 10: Decorate sugar cookies

December 11: Watch Charlie Brown Christmas

December 12: Buy toys for Toys for Tots

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thank You Tree

As always, we have so much to be thankful for!! Here's what we wrote on our Thank You Tree this year!


Keyla Brent Emily Kyle Colby Peyton
Jesus Our Family Ice Cream Cheeseburger Spider Movies Salsa
Brent The Cross donuts Feather head sharp tooth Jesus Crayons
Kiddos Ministry The Cross The Cross Go Noodle Mommy
Grandparents Our House Water Taco Dinos Teradactol Diapers
Parents Happy Faces Great Grandma Johnson Go Taco Dinos Boob
Teens Broken Body Bob Peyton and Mommy T-Rex Shoes
Doctors Monkey Bars Butterflies Grass Everything Elmo
Church Family Sleep Mommy Butterflies Procupines Candy
ICI God Already Knows Daddy Velocoraptor God's Broken Body Toys
Hoscpice Books Our House Queen Dot to Dots Boob
Washer and Dryer ICI Family Tornados Tornados Marshmellows
Food Football God Long Necks Paws Tree
Brent's Teaching Blood ICI Football Paw Patrol Seats
Exercise Snickers Candy  M & M's  Quiet Teeth
Cars Tacos Megan Legos ICI Thank you tree
Clean Water Sir Pizza Sir Pizza Fruit Cookies Bananas
Cookies Parents and Bob Pizza Snakes and Pizza Snakes Snacks
Sleep People Sharing Chairs Peyton Peyton Sleeping Parade Parade
Sunshine Sunshine Rainbows Zoo Ice Cream Bob
Hoodies Celebration Upsidedown Rainbows Dinos Rainbows Grandma
ER Staples Colby Daddy Colby Toy Friends
Gymnastics Pie Kyle Kyle Emily Batman
Pie Board Games Apple Pie Chocolate Pie Apple Pie Burpie
Urgent Care Cloth Diapers Pheradactyl Bees B Mama