Sunday, December 21, 2014

Polar Express Movie Night

Hot Chocolate, tickets, and bells for those who believe, it could only mean one thing...Polar Express Movie Night.

Every Christmas the boys love having special movie nights and Polar Express is one of our favorites.  This year our movie night was a bit simpler but just as memorable.

I handed each boy a ticket to ride our "Polar Express" train.

We enjoyed hot chocolate and these three boys were in movie heaven.

Simple but oh so sweet.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas School Program

It's that time of year again for Christmas carols and sweet school concerts.  Since this is our first year at the boys school we were a little unsure of what to expect of the concert.  Holden and Rylan both told me that they had been rehearsing songs and even gave me a nightly sample from time to time.  So I knew we were in for a treat.

As I was dropping the kids off with their teachers, I caught a glimpse of how well they had adjusted to their new school and their new friends.  Seriously, look at this crew


…future politicians.  Holden was giggling with friends as well.

The set design was made by the 6th graders and I think they did a fantastic job.  This program was different from the ones we were used to. In between grades, a narrator would tell a little bit of the story of the Night before Christmas before each grade would sing.  First up, Rylan's kindergarten class.


Sorry for the distance, we sat closer to the back just incase Leyton needed to run around.  But you can still see Rylan singing his little heart out.  Holden's 3rd grade class was shortly after.  As you can see, Holden takes his performance a little more seriously.


The closing songs told of the birth of Christ and all the little angels sang his praises.

This was a first of many school concerts together with these two brothers.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree…

Several years ago we began a family tradition of cutting down our own Christmas tree.  Last year we skipped going because of the weather so we knew we did not want to miss this year.  After church we loaded up the kids and headed to the farm.  Since this has been a bit of a hectic year, we are trying to keep Christmas simple and enjoy family time together.

As soon as we arrive and put on our snow gear, we were off to explore the barn.

We loaded up on the wagon and went in search for the perfect tree.

Finally we settled on one.  The boys helped and back off to the barn we went with our prize tree.


The boys played while the tree being loaded up.

Well, as we all should know, what looks perfect in the fields, does not always look perfect at home.  This poor tree leans, has tons of gaps, it almost makes me think we picked up the wrong tree but oh well.  Everyone loves a little character.  The kids decorated with all of their ornaments that had made over the years and had to know every backstory to each!

But as they finished they declared, "This is the best tree ever!"  And there you have it….Christmas memories.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicolas Day is a holiday tradition we started a few years ago but now that the boys go to a Catholic school it has even more meaning.  Just in case you are not familiar with Saint Nicholas' Day, it is a festival for children in many countries in Europe related to surviving legends of Saint Nicholas, and particularly his reputation as a bringer of gifts.  Friday night we polished off their boots in hopes that St. Nicholas would stop by and fill them with goodies.

Wouldn't you know, Saturday morning, the boys were surprised that their boots were filled.

Leyton was thrilled that his little boots were filled with treats too.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Breakfast with Santa

Kevin office holds an annual "Breakfast with Santa" each year.  Obviously, this was our first year so we really did not know what to expect.  However, we had heard from several people that this was a huge event.  When we arrived, we went straight to see Santa.  Well, actually first the boys wrote their wish list and then we went  to see Santa.

I had a feeling Leyton was going to scream as soon as we sat him on his lap but surprisingly, he actually loved the jolly ole man.  Holden and Rylan made sure they told Santa just exactly what they wanted and promised that they have been good all year…hmm.


Next we visited with Santa's reindeer.  Did you know that both male and female reindeer grow antlers? And did you know that this is the size of antlers after one years growth!

We tried to take a picture of all of us but the sun was right in our eyes…better luck next year.

Toys for Tots were collecting and the boys picked out the best toys to give.

Breakfast was an assortment of pastries and a hot bar with eggs, sausage and fruit.

They had face painting and a visit from Bucky Badger but we had to get to basketball practice and missed those but somehow my did not miss the rescue dogs.


A fun morning with Santa and all of his helpers.