Two recent trips to Target were not complete without a stop in the Christmas section.
Shecklet #4 took a few calls from Santa and the elves. (I had to tell her which way to hold the phone – she wasn’t sure why it had a cord!)
The boys found themselves heading the wrong way down the chimney.
Our Christmas Eve tradition of having my parents join us for mass and then soup supper continued another year. Shecklet #2 and I went to the church early enough to get enough pew space for us to sit in this year. (He selected our spot and sat on the end so he could see 🙂.)
After mass, we were able to get a few family photos, which are always so fun to look back on.
Tomorrow afternoon we will head to my parents’ house to celebrate with Tony and Kristin and their kids. It will be fun to have all of the Cimperman cousins together.
Shecklet #2 likes to peruse Pinterest for project, craft, game, and building ideas. He has asked for help gathering supplies to make all kinds of things. He has built Popsicle stick ninja stars and a homemade skeeball game; we’ve made slime and catapults and he taught himself how to tube-knit and made a bracelet and several necklaces. His latest project is one he pinned for Papa several months ago. He is so proud of it and can’t wait to give it to Papa at Christmas!
Shecklet #4 sang her heart out at her preschool Christmas program this morning. The teachers do such a great job teaching hem the songs and actions to go along with each one. It was so fun to watch her up on he risers – no stage fright for her! She did great!
We moved the tree to a new spot in the living room this year because it is so much wider than the Menards ones we have gotten in the past. Love how it turned out – it looks even prettier at night!
Jake took the kids to the Christmas tree farm where Grandma Patti is working for a few weekends this Advent. There was no snow, but plenty of mud! Aunt Kari captured these pictures and sent them to me.
The crew also stopped at a park after tree hunting. Turns out, Jake has a playground with his name on it!
I’m putting away fall decor today and pulling out Advent and Xmas decorations. Shecklet #4 is enjoying playing with the nativity set.
Lots of laughs and fun memories made today. It was our niece’s first Xmas, which made it even more special.
Shecklet #4 received pink “sheeters” just like Nana. Her big sister also received a purple pair. Papa had to work hard to get the lenses out of the frames! The girls had a lot of fun helping everyone else open their gifts. And the boys waited very patiently as we took turns pulling surprises out of our gift bags.
My parents joined us for Christmas Eve mass and dinner afterward.
Note to self for next year – arriving 30 minutes before mass starts is not advised if 8 people would like to sit in the same pew. Thankfully, we were able to find 8 folding chair spots with unobstructed views. The church was packed – which is an awesome thing! So happy to see joy and excitement in people – especially in the faces of the little ones.