I have been so busy with Christmas things this week, I have been blogging in my head. I think I’ve written about something, and then I look back and realize that I never wrote a word! That happened today when I was talking to my Grandma on the phone and I realized that I hadn’t written about a few fun things we’ve been up to this week. Here are the highlights (and, of course, I’ll be back to post about Christmas soon):
On Sunday, we went to the LA County Art Museum (LACMA). We love going because children receive a free membership, plus each child can bring a parent/guardian for free. That means it was a completely free trip for us, except for parking…and chocolate croissants in the cafe. Chocolate croissants are non-negotiable (for me). 🙂
I had a mini-date with Ginger (6) at the Museum. We went off and looked at exhibits on our own for an hour before meeting back up with the rest of the family.
Ginger and Picasso:
Violet (4) playing in one of the interactive exhibits:
Paprika (9) loves the multimedia art. Well, she really loves all art – and so she’s good with whatever:
The museum was surprisingly empty. I think everyone else was at the mall doing their Christmas shopping. Ha!
We decorated the Gingerbread House this week. After we were finished, Violet (4) kept sneaking candy off it every day when she thought we weren’t looking. Violet has an irresistible sweet tooth!
The finished product – before Violet got to it:
Most of the decorating honors belonged to Mr. M, who put the whole thing together. It’s his yearly torture, what can I say?
While the rest of the family went to gymnastics class, I took Paprika out on a special mini-date just me and her. We window-shopped and she tried on a few masks:
Then, we went to our favorite hang-out, Barnes and Noble. We had treats in the cafe and then spent a few hours reading. I love that my little book worm loves books as much as I do!
Since school is out for the rest of Los Angeles, we’ve been going to the old school playground quite a bit. Violet loves the swings, of course!
We play family games of soccer there out on the open lawn, which is a lot of fun. Even Ellie (10 months) plays, since we carry her around in the Ergo. She thinks it’s hilarious to be in the middle of the game, although it definitely doesn’t help my footwork. I can’t even see my feet when I’m carrying her!
Me and Ginger after we tied the opposing team (Mr. M, Violet, and Paprika) in our soccer match! Ellie’s in the picture, too – you just can’t see her because she’s in the Ergo:
We did a science experiment with milk, food coloring, and dishsoap. It was a big hit! You can see how to do the steps of the experiment here. It was a nice and easy little science lesson for the kids.
What else? Oh – cookies for Santa! We baked some last night, and the girls left out carrots for the reindeer:
The house was so quiet and beautiful after the girls went to bed on Christmas Eve (very late). They slept all of four hours and then they were ready to open presents early this morning. But that is a blog post for another day…
Hope your Christmas was Merry and Bright. I know the holidays are particularly hard after a loss, and I’m keeping those of you in my thoughts and prayers. Here’s to a Happy New Year! I’ll be back soon with a post about My Book Writing and also one about Christmas Day!
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