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December 1st: Post Office

by Chrissie Wainright on December 2nd, 2016

December 1st: Christmas Post Office

The plan for today was to open the North Pole Mail Room.  I hung Christmas lights in our office and made a sign naming it the North Pole Mail Room.  I hung big snowflake mailer envelopes on the wall with pictures of a few family members and friends.  And then I put out craft supplies for the kids to make cards and letters to fill the envelopes.  The idea is to keep adding crafts, notes, and other things to the envelopes, and when they are full, drop them in the mail and start another envelope for someone else.  We will see how it goes!  Today Maia made cards using lots of stickers, Donovan cut up paper and wrote his name on them, and Serenity made a few cards and dropped them in.  At one point all three of them were in there playing post office, so I am thrilled so far!

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North Pole Mail

North Pole Mail

The kids woke up and immediately went to check the advent calendar.  I had put suckers in the big advent calendar, which were a hit with all three kids… a very sticky, messy hit.  Suckers are going to have to be weekend treats or we are going to have to wait to eat them until they are stuck in the car.  Serenity has a big lego kit divided up into baggies for each day this month.  She got the Queen Dragon kit and is SO excited!  DZ really wanted the punch out advent calendar, so he got Lego Star Wars again.  Fun!  I wanted Maia to have a punch out one too, but she’s not quite ready for the big kid legos (she plays with them, but it’s more take apart than assemble play!)  So I found this WOW car set.  She has been playing with Serenity and Donovan’s WOW cars, at least on occasion, so I thought it would be fun.  Her first window had Santa in it!  It’s really cute!  However, the one a day thing hasn’t sunk in.  She opened three or four others when I wasn’t paying attention, so I have to hide her box under the bed.  She did, however, read all the numbers on the advent calendar, so we now know that she can recognize numbers up to 25!

Lego Advent, and WOW advent for Maia.  Plus suckers, yay!

Lego Advent, and WOW advent for Maia. Plus suckers, yay!

The kids all played with the Little People Nativity set, and Maia put together my chunky wooden Christmas Puzzle multiple times too.  It’s so great!  Maia spent a lot of time today taking ornaments off the tree and putting them back on in other locations.  One broken Anna so far but she’s being fairly gentle.

Maia loves Anna and Elsa! =)

Maia loves Anna and Elsa! =)

Puzzle!  I'm so glad I bought this finally last year! =)

Puzzle! I’m so glad I bought this finally last year! =)

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We are listening to Laurie Berkner Christmas and Pentatonix Christmas music in the car.  Today Maia sang along with Hallelujah, Frosty, and Jingle Bells.  Her sweet little voice is so adorable!

We have about half an hour between drop off and music class... and we often fill it with pancakes from McD's

We have about half an hour between drop off and music class… and we often fill it with pancakes from McD’s

Maia adores her music teacher, Ms. Katherine.  She is always ready to run and sit in her lap when it's time for tonal patterns!

Maia adores her music teacher, Ms. Katherine. She is always ready to run and sit in her lap when it’s time for tonal patterns!

Look, a picture of me!  My stitch fix came =)

Look, a picture of me! My stitch fix came =)

Working on the class art project with P3

Working on the class art project with P3

Today was Chess Club day, which means after Eric brought Serenity and our neighbor Daniel home, they did homework together and we all went to the park.  Maia rode her Tinkerbell bike to the park.  She was adamant that she could do it and she actually did.  As they made their very slow way to the park, Eric texted me her running commentary.  “No Help” “Maia Power!” “Go in the Street” “Hurry”  “Hurry Daddy” “No no no no no”  “Woohoo Yippee!”  “This Way Hide and Seek”  Too funny!

We get to play in the park with Daniel and Nathan almost every week now!  It is amazing!

We get to play in the park with Daniel and Nathan almost every week now! It is amazing!

“No Help” “Maia Power!” “Go in the Street” “Hurry” “Hurry Daddy” “No no no no no” “Woohoo Yippee!” “This Way Hide and Seek” Too funny!

“No Help” “Maia Power!” “Go in the Street” “Hurry” “Hurry Daddy” “No no no no no” “Woohoo Yippee!” “This Way Hide and Seek” Too funny!

Maia’s Birthday Party

by Chrissie Wainright on November 30th, 2016

Maia’s birthday party!

 

Maia’s party went soooo well!  She loved everything!  I kept it very casual, since she sometimes doesn’t want to be told to do something.  My inspiration was her music class, which is her favorite activity, and Pete the Cat, which is one of her favorite series.  She can even recite Pete the Cat and his White Shoes.  She asks me to sing it to her when I put her to bed.  I love hearing her say “Groooovy” and “Rock and Roll!”

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I made a Pete the Cat photobooth, and I think I managed to get pictures of nearly everyone!  I was surprised that Maia had SO much fun with it!  I bought some inflatable instruments, and she and Donovan ran around tossing them in the air and pretending to play them.  It was adorable!  She even wore the ENTIRE outfit I got for her!  I made her Pete the Cat shoes with sharpies, and she picked the colors.  She had a Pete the Cat shirt and a cute skirt to match.  She even wore the cat ears I made as a photobooth prop.  So fun!!!!  Barrett played guitar music on his Ipad so he and Carson could rock out with the inflatable guitars =)

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I ordered shaky eggs, jingle bell bracelets, and I found cute little tambourines at Target.  We had plenty of other instruments for the kids to play with, and Dad made two amazing xylophones!  I pulled out the scarves tub too, and Serenity danced to the music for a long time!  I played a bunch of Laurie Berkner music during the party, and Maia loved playing with different instruments and singing along.

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We had Pete the Cat donuts, and a cereal bar.  I had bowls of marshmallows, strawberries, blueberries and chocolate to mirror when Pete the Cat steps in strawberries, blueberries, and mud in his white shoes.  Plus, those are some of Maia’s favorite treats, so it was perfect!  We didn’t sing Happy Birthday, as  Maia said “no thank you” when I asked if we could, but there was a Happy  Birthday song on the Laurie Berkner cd that she enjoyed.

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Snoopy Snow Cone maker!!!  Thanks Aunt Jen =)

Snoopy Snow Cone maker!!! Thanks Aunt Jen =)

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I made a batch of blue and red playdoh, and by the end of the day it had turned completely gray from so much mixing.  She loves playdoh, but I wasn’t expecting her to use it that much!  She got a new play-doh animal cutters and rollers from Sophia, and it was such fun!

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Maia and Sophia played so well together! =)

Maia and Sophia played so well together! =)

I decided to have Maia’s birthday early this year, instead of a little late.  I don’t want it to get lost in the busyness of Christmas and all the things we do in December.  So early it is!

Maia in November!

by Chrissie Wainright on November 29th, 2016
Papa built Maia two awesome xylophones for her birthday!!!

Papa built Maia two awesome xylophones for her birthday!!!

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Maia loves Elsa!  She will actually watch the movie with me =)

Maia loves Elsa! She will actually watch the movie with me =)

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Corn on the cob is yummy =)

Corn on the cob is yummy =)

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First haircut!

First haircut!

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At the library =)

At the library =)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sandbox is still her happy place =)

Sandbox is still her happy place =)