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2012 December Daily :: 22 :: the kids party

It was a slow Saturday for us.

The kids and I were off to a late start. Hubs went to work.

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Schäfer worked on a dinosaur puzzle.

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Sianna worked on a circus puzzle.

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Schäfer and Sianna colored while I washed dishes.

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One of my favorite moments of the day.

The plan was leftover pizza for lunch then chicken and dumplings for supper.

Lunch came and then I put the littles to bed. Sianna nor Selah slept.

Hubs came home after work + errands to get a few more last minute cooking supplies for Christmas. Basically, anything that can’t be found at Walmart he hunted for this morning: mostly white chocolate. And cornmeal. And lemons. And candy for the gingerbread house.

Hubs got home about 3pm just in time to help me get the kids ready for their first ever Christmas party. One of the other families here was throwing a party just for the foreign kids.

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To say our kids were excited is an understatement. They were all smiles and giggles when I asked to take their pictures. They arranged their hands themselves.

Normally, our Christmas is so busy hosting parties. This year, it was nice to actually go to a Christmas party. The kids painted and played games and won prizes.

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When we arrived, everyone was given a small, wooden toy to paint. Selah painted a little car orange.

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Schäfer painted a helicopter green.

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Sianna painted a little care blue.

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Then, Selah found this little doggy backpack and asked us to put it on. She called it her “Ergo Doggy”.

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She wore “Ergo Doggy” for most of the party.

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Meanwhile, Sianna painted until every centimeter was blue.

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Then, Schäfer and I played a game where you had to stuff balloons in hose and wear them on your head like reindeer antlers. We didn’t win, but it was fun!

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Selah and “Ergo Doggy” colored.

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Then, we played a game where we threw snowballs through a snowman. Fun!

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Sianna loves her Papa.

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It’s mutual.

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The final game involved the kids drawing a nativity on their head. It was a little stressful so the hostess modified the game.

After all the fun and games, the hostess surprised us with a buffet meal for everyone. I can’t even explain how good the food was. She even made her own crackers. Seriously.

Schäfer’s favorite part was “receiving the wooden helecopter” that he got to paint.

Sianna’s favorite part was “pushing the stroller around.” She screamed when we told her it was time to put the toys away and go home. Good thing we’ve got a stroller just for her under the tree.

Selah screamed almost the entire way home. Part exhaustion and part sugar crash, I’m sure.

Once we had the kids all nestled in their beds, we pulled out The Gift Trunk (a large black trunk where we store future gifts for the kids) and started to decide who was getting what for their birthday or Christmas. The process was not too bad. The best part of it all was putting the gifts in the cloth bags that Marianne made.

While I wrapped a few gifts from my Mom and my sister to the kids, Hubs watched Elf. This was our first chance to sit down and watch a Christmas movie. We started Marlee & Me on the 17th, but haven’t had time to finish it.

What a special day for our kids.

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