|The annual take the nativity scene to the front yard ride.|
|At the right spot.|
|Biscuit came to check it out.|
The kids were all invited to a birthday party at Pump It Up. Needless to say, they were thrilled.
|Anne and Catherine paused for a picture.|
|Heading up the big slide.|
|All the party kids.|
|With the very sweet birthday girl.|
A picture of two of our Advent traditions, one old, one new. We have had the magnetic Advent calendar for a long time. Each day you open a door and add a piece to the nativity scene. As you can see, one of the kids has put a shepherd up on top of the roof. The two items in front were something new for 2013. I've been wanting to have a manger to which the kids add a straw every time they do a good deed/make a sacrifice. I mentioned this to the kids and the girls took the idea and ran with it, covering a shoe box in brown paper and cutting many lengths of yarn for hay. And boy did I like it, even though it does not look fancy at all. I had kids asking me many times, "What can I do for you, Mommy?" I could use a box like this all year!
We celebrated St. Nicholas' feast day with little gifts and chocolate coins.
|Chocolate coins, oh yeah!|
|Each child got a set of St. Therese sacrifice beads that they can clip onto their pants.|
|Anthony dug right into the chocolate, of course.|
A picture of some of the potato pancakes I made, using up our Thanksgiving mashed potatoes: