Thursday, January 2, 2014

That void between Thanksgiving and Christmas

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)
 In the midst of it all, we had a horrible ice storm.  I mean the entire world covered in 4 inches of solid ice, not snow, ice.  It was unreal.  We did not leave the house for four days, with the exception of the girls going out to play in the back yard.



 Kirsten also decided that she wanted to make a blanket for her sister for Christmas and sewed it all by herself.
 I also got all of my Christmas projects finished - a perk of being in the house for so long.  We actually really enjoyed our time together and had a ton of fun.  It was nice to get back into a normal routine again though.

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.
 Grandma Alleman came to watch her along with Jeremy and me.
 Kirsten and I went to Walls of Clay for a Christmas Party for the Petite Stars Dance Company.
 I painted a popcorn bowl
 Kirsten painted a DREAM plaque and a snowman ornament.
 Then there was Kirsten's school party.  I am room mom again this year, so it was quite a busy week and stressful day, but in the end it was fun for all involved.
We finished off the week with each of the girls having their Christmas recitals for dance. 
Kirsten's ballet class
 Her jazz dance
 Jazz class
 Christmas Katie
 Katie's ballet class
And with that, the three crazy weeks were over, school was over, and Christmas vacation was beginning.

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