I don't think I have ever done so many holiday activities, but we are really having fun this season. Joseph is at a very good age for enjoying the festivities!
We went into Middlebury for their big holiday day, just as we did last year. We visited the train exhibit and other exhibits and activities at the Henry Sheldon Museum (always our favorite), the gingerbread house competition at the Folk Life Center, a clown at the library, and of course Santa at the Community House (Santa is still pretty scary for J, hence the funny face).
After that we met up with Brad and Bob (granpa) to hunt for a Christmas tree in the Lincoln woods where I grew up. This is the first year since Joseph was born that we have done this and I think we will make it a tradition. We had a really wonderful time and went on quite a trek!
Impossible to get everyone to look normal.
And we eventually found a tree! Quite a good one actually.
We also met up with Bob for a Hanukah party in Middlebury. Again, Joseph was able to enjoy this much more than other years. He even one a long game of Dreddle and joined up for some Islreali folk dancing. This was very special for me since I adore dancing!
Another very favorite part of the season for us is crafting! I made the wreath and the Joseph and I made the garland. I even let J use a real needle. He worked very hard at it, but I realized that we wouldn't be making enough for the tree and put it on the wreath instead. I love it!
Enjoying the snow and stacking wood.
Since we now have three kitties there have been numerous ornament casualties. J and I have been working on making unbreakable ornaments,.
Gingerbread houses are Joseph’s very favorite passion right now. Above he is “posing” with the one he made at school. I thought it was pretty neat that they actually made the structure themselves. The day that they were to decorate Joseph was so excited he woke up at four in the morning!
This weekend we went with Grandma to NY to make gingerbread houses and cookies with cousins Bri and Jacob. Joseph had been dreaming about making his house all week and spent a LONG time on his masterpiece. I could not believe how he lined up all those tiny candies.