Gingerbread House

As 2011 comes to an end, I have to confess this year was one of the craziest years of my life. I felt like I was running a marathon the whole time, and, worse than that, I felt like I was constantly falling behind…  I really hope 2012 will bring me some peace. Perhaps I can even dream of accomplishing some personal goals…

I just realized this is my last blog post of 2011 and I certainly hope in 2012 I’ll find more time to blog. I do enjoy sharing some of the things we do as a family, and things we do during our homeschooling, with family and friends. When I write, I often think of those family members living far away who we don’t get to see for many, many  years. Having a blog is my way of keeping in touch and of showing how much I care about them.

And so, let us keep our hopes high for this coming year!

For everyone reading this post, I wish you a wonderful New Year! Lots of blessings and lots of love for you and all those you love!

Below, some pics of the kids making a gingerbread house. They made it a few days before Christmas and they had a great time doing it. (Now, they are anxiously waiting for the holiday season to be over so they can eat the candy and the house!)

A big hug from all of us!

 

Christmas Carols

Christmas is almost here and we’ve been busy decorating the tree, making a gingerbread house, and singing some Christmas carols for the elderly citizens in a nearby senior home. Below are pictures taken during our visit to the senior center.

Nicolas enjoyed chatting with James.

Gwynnie got a big hug from a super enthusiastic old lady.

A picture of our carolers and, below, a video taken during their performance.

In addition to singing Christmas carols, the kids gave each person a little gift . It was a shower cap tucked inside a little toilet paper roll elf.

Here are some of the elves. Aren’t they cute?

I got the idea to make these elves from this website.

The kids also spent some time decorating lunch bags that were used to wrap the gifts. The lunch bags were also adorable.

The best part of our visit was the feeling of joy that we all shared… and seeing the smile in their elderly faces…

Isn’t that what the Christmas Spirit is all about?