Christmas is almost here! You wouldn’t know it from checking this blog recently, but we have been enjoying lots of holiday activities.
Way back in November, right after Thanksgiving, we visited the U.S. Botanic Garden to see their Season’s Greenings exhibit.
It was well worth the wait (we went opening weekend…oops). Their “Garden Railway” included model trains running through an fairy-inhabited forest, all created with plant materials.
Audrey was really excited about the trains.
We met some friends there and tried to get the three kids to pose together in front of one of the model landmarks (also completely made from plant material), but alas, it was a lost cause.
Kenji did get a cute one of me and Audrey in front of their giant Christmas tree, at least.
The following weekend, we went to a local garden center and picked out a Christmas tree and wreath. Audrey was eager to help decorate the tree, and maybe even more eager to then pull the ornaments back off.
She helped hang the stockings too.
Meanwhile, Kenji hung lights up outside.
Once the tree was up and decorated, we got to work capturing the perfect holiday card photo. (This isn’t it, but I think it’s still pretty cute.).
More recently we pulled out the cookie cutters and used them to cut and decorate paper stars, trees, and gingerbread men.
We made Santas and snowmen too. Audrey has been way more interested in using/holding the glue stick than anything else, but she also likes choosing colors and pushing the cotton balls and pom-poms down onto the paper.
Here are some of the finished products. (Our wall is getting pretty covered now.)
We visited friends last weekend and their older daughter and Audrey decorated cookies (and then enjoyed the tasty results of their efforts). It was the first time Audrey painted with a real brush but she did really well holding it and generally getting the color on the cookies.
We’ve been listening to lots of Christmas music too and playing along with Audrey’s jingle bells and other instruments. We also visited Santa at the mall for a photo op, but it did not end well. So, no photo of her on his lap this year!
Kenji and I both love Christmastime so much. The music, the decorations, baking treats, gift-giving, the general cheerfulness…I think it’s all wonderful. It’s been a joy to share it with Audrey again this year.