Day 15: North Pole Village
I had seen a website that you can make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and I KNEW we had to do this. We have for the last several years made them old school style but they were so difficult with letting them dry and settle and then hours later they fell apart. So I figured this would be much simpler. I added in another find: Christmas trees out of ice cream cones. Jonathan had made the some examples for the kids and left a note asking them to finish the village for him. (PS. I know the note says day 12, somewhere along the way I lost track of my days and just made them up! oops!)
You can see my tree and house behind Jonathan.
All the fixins! Oh yummy! I bought ordinary vanilla frosting and mixed in green food coloring to make it blue.. the rest of the stuff general candy and Wilton's cookie decorations. Cookie glitter tubes.. those were fun!
OH MY GOODNESS...!!! I LOVE these little gingerbread cookie decorations from Wilton... how stinking cute are they? The baby, the cat and dog...!!!
YAY, I LOVE how this turned out.. this is their North Pole Village! The kids did SUCH a good job!
I LOVE the gingerbread family I found.
Day 16: Fishing
I was soo tired and had to change around my calendar. I am surprised it actually took this long. I added in this classic gem: Gold fish cracker fishing. I discovered the fishing pole in the kids bathtub (who knew that was there, hmm?) And thought voila! Blue food coloring and DONE.. night night mommy!
Day 17: Gotcha!
I found my mojo tonight! I even also discovered that my son will not indeed sleep through anything! UH OH! This was a fun one. I found these headbands at Michaels and then snuck into the kids rooms and put the headbands on them. Now for my son I discovered I was playing with fire because I took it that one step further... who me? Nah!!?? And HAD to put a fuzzy red thing on his nose... well between the tickles of the fuzz and the itch of the tape he moved about all of the 100 times I did this.. but I would NOT give up until I had the picture or I was caught... so scary! With my daughter I decided to skip the fire playing and just place the glowing necklace on her neck rather than around it. Note: neither of them liked the headbands on their head but it worked. Then I printed the pictures up and left them with Jonathan so that they could see it in the morning. They cracked up! :)
Day 18: Sick day
UH OH, someone touched him! I wasn't sure who or when but here is what they got in the morning. A sick elf :( they both blamed each other but in the end the learned their lesson... I think!
Everyone has asked about the IV he has. It is a mini glitter tube from the Dollar rack at Michaels. I emptied the glitter out and added food colored water to the tube and hot glued the end back in so it wouldn't leak. Then I used some plastic string from a Kreative Kids kit I got (at Joanns) and hot glued that into the end of the tube. Then I just band aided the insert to his arm.
Day 19: Christmas cards
Phew, Jonathan is feeling much better!!! So tonight he made each of the kids Christmas cards with Foamies stockings from Michaels he also used a book of stickers and Foamies letters kit to write their names. After he decorated himself he left enough for the kids to make cards for other loved ones so we could finally send them out.
Day 19 addition... YAY good reports from school so Cade got his door HALF wrapped. His listening skills are still rough so as soon as we master putting our shoes on / away without being asked 12 times he gets the rest of the door wrapped.... hopefully BEFORE Christmas!!!
Day 20: Elf yourself.
Jonathan had a QR code for the kids to scan on the Ipad and watch a funny video.
I went to this website: Elf Yourself and made a video of all of us including Jonathan jamming to Christmas tunes as elves. I then downloaded it (for $1, why not?) and uploaded it to YouTube. I then used that link and went to QR Code Generator and printed it at home and left it in his lap. Note you CAN change the color so I did mine to green it is on the right hand side of the screen in the top options.
In the morning the kids were able to watch the video and cracked up. There were 5 options of videos so I downloaded another one ($1 again.. so priceless) and emailed it from Jonathan.
**If you are not familiar with QR codes there are free apps for them on your smartphones and it is a GREAT way to share things via scrapbooking or card making! As you can see I can slip this into my scrapbook and VOILA.. memory of a lifetime!**
Here is the video from the QR code! Hilarious!
Day 21: Hanging around
Lost my steam again! After a very eventful day of soccer and working all night long I was exhausted. So quick and simple was the game. I also messed up on my calendar and duplicated something I had done, oops! So I dug through my stash and found this garland (from Michaels) and got glued his hands to the bottom of it and hung it over the stairs so the kids would see it when they woke up in the morning and went down stairs to breakfast. Easy and done.