Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Videos

A couple Christmas related videos.
The first one is Ava singing Christmas Carols.  She loves singing Jingle Bells.  There is a little drama because Jon tries to sing with her and she gets mad, lol. 
She tells a cute story.  In case you don't understand she says, "There once was a snowman, who had a carrot nose, along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?, A hungry little bunny, He's looking for his lunch, He takes the snowmans carrot nose and you hear a Crunch Crunch!"
At the very end she's doing the Teddy Bear dance from her dance class.  It's not really Christmas related but I threw it in there.
Ava's dance school didn't have a Christmas recital but they did learn a little Christmas Dance.  Here it is.  Of course, I think Ava did awesome. She's definitely the most enthusiastic of the bunch!!

Journey to Judea

We attended the Journey to Judea Living Nativity. It was a neat event, and acted out very well. They had some choir performances and animals which helped keep Ava interested. She especially loved baby Jesus in the manger. The last 1/3 of the event was a little rough as it was a long walk and her attention span was dwindling! We'll probably make this an annual event!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Luminary Walk

We went to the Luminary walk at the arboretum. It was really pretty, all the walkways were lit up by candles. They had a choir, some instrumental performances, a horse drawn wagon ride, Christmas Carols by the fire, apple cider, and of course Santa.

A fairy house

Ava and Jayvan enjoying their cider and carols

Ava and Santa.  Nice knees right, lol!  She fell in the mud during our walk.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Tree

Ava enjoyed helping put up the Christmas tree this year. When we were bringing up all the boxes from the basement she was jumping up and down saying, "Im excited Im excited!!"  She kept holding up ornaments saying, "This one is my favorite."

Leo enjoyed the tree as well.  He started getting a little too interested in the ornaments and was chewing on the tree branches.  We had to get a motion sensored air can to scare him away from the tree!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Puppet Show

I took Ava to a Paul Messner puppet show. I wasn't sure how well she'd do, but it turned out great!  She loved it, giggled, and watched the entire show with no problem.  It's so neat how they maneuver these puppets and make them come to life.  We saw a show about a boy who wanted a pet, and ended up with a pet dragon who caused all kinds of silly trouble.  The storyline was easy for kids to follow and had some funny jokes for the parents as well.

After the show they did a little demonstration on how the puppets work.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Play Date

We hosted the annual Christmas Play Date again this year and as always it was a great time!  Hot cocoa, cookies, crafts, reindeer food, and of course Santa!  This is the 3rd year we've had this party and it's so neat seeing these kiddos grow up together!

Most of the kids waiting for Santa's arrival.  We had 15 kids this year.  Ava's reaction was SO cute (video below).  She was so excited.

The first year we had the play date most of the kids were not even talking yet.  This year, they were all little busybodies and it was tough to get them to sit still and listen!

Singing Rudolf and Jingle Bells

There was a common theme among the Christmas lists this year.  ELSA!  Most of the kids were really into Santa this year.  A couple were not happening!

My sister and I!

Reindeer food