Saturday, December 17th we had tickets to see Elf in concert at the Minnesota Orchestra. A fun way to celebrate Kyle's birthday. We weren't sure what it was and was thinking it was just going to be an orchestra version of the soundtrack from elf. So we had watched the movie earlier in the day to prepare. Well turns out they PLAYED the entire movie on the big screen with dialogue and all and the orchestra just played LIVE along side the movie. Which was great... but having known this we probably wouldn't have watched it earlier that same day, lol.
None the less it was fun to get dressed up and go out as a family. We had dinner at Brit's just before the show started at 7:00.
I finished Kyle's stocking JUST in time! I picked it back up this year after buying it a few years ago. Now all the kids and Kyle have a stocking. I have one for myself that I'll get to eventually.
We get an ornament every year, but we hadn't gotten one this past year. I was searching for a keeper of the plains ornament before we left Kansas but decided just to get everyone their wn little keeper statue. We didn't pick one up on our southwest vacation... so then I had the idea of chickens! I couldn't find one so I decided to make one. I started with the idea of shrink dinks and had to take a few runs at it. I printed off their picture onto the shrink dink paper, going smaller in size for the final. Then I thought about getting an ornament of our Kansas house... so I found a gal on Etsy that sold them and sent her pics of our old house and she send me the draft. I had her put five holes in the bottom so I could hang out chickens. This is our ornament for 2022. Pretty cute and a great memory of those few years.
Adding to my holiday mug collection.
The first week of the kids' Christmas break I was working almost everyday in emergency shifts. This was great because it gave me some time away, otherwise I think I would have gone nuts :-P
Here we are stopping into Isles Bun & Coffee after attempting go to the library to find it was closed, it didn't open til noon on Wednesday.. which I knew but totally forgot til we pulled up to it.
I got a new bird feeder to go along side our coop feeder: a barn :-) The snow poured down this week
Girls playing in the snow on December 23rd
Making cookies and such on Christmas Eve
We also picked up our former tradition of eating at Crave for Christmas Eve. I made reservations before church... thinking we had plenty of time and that church wasn't until 6:30.
We had plenty of time to spare and figured we'd just arrive early, it was 6:15... well turns out church started at 6! HA! Oops, we caught the important parts.
We decided to start a new tradition for Christmas Day: walk across the lake. We walked over to one of the islands. It was a cold one.
Grandma Judy sent a bunch of snow toys, the kids had fun playing with them in all our snow!