So you know those three weeks between Thanksgiving break and Christmas break? Those are the worst three weeks of the year. There are school parties, band concerts, dance recitals, decorating the house, candy making, baking, cleaning the house, preparing for company, sending Christmas cards, finishing the shopping for and making of presents and then wrapping said presents, not to mention that cursed Elf on the Shelf that you have to move every night and come up with original creative ideas. All of that on top of the normal things you do that keep you busy anyways, and you have pandemonium. It is a void in space that sucks the life out of you so that by the time Christmas actually gets here, you just want it to be done. Of course, we do it all regardless and in the end we actually enjoy it enough to do it again the next year.
Speaking of the Elf, here is Alexa making her debut this year and two very happy little girls. (I think that those smiles is part of the reason we do it)
Part of the routine was Katie going to preschool. She performed the most adorable Nativity play with her school. She was a cow in the stable. She sang and danced her little heart out, especially to Joy to the World.
I painted a popcorn bowl
Kirsten painted a DREAM plaque and a snowman ornament.
We finished off the week with each of the girls having their Christmas recitals for dance.
Kirsten's ballet class
Her jazz dance
Katie's ballet class