Monday, December 8, 2008

Where did I go?

I just hate being blog-abandoned, and I did that to you. I forgot to tell you that we went out of town for the weekend. Oops. We're back. My in-laws are on their way, and we're going to my son's Christmas concert tonight--in a snow storm.
However, I've gotten some e-mails from people asking me what the actual activities were for the advent calendar I made. So tonight I have an update for you. The second night was "build a fort and have dinner in it".
I made spaghetti, which is simply noodles and jarred sauce, and the kids said it was the best spaghetti they ever had. Hmmm....I'm suspect.

I'm also suspect of this guy. He waited ever-so-patiently for just the smallest bit of food to fall his way. pitiful is that look?

Of course, the highlight was the static electricity. Believe me, we got a few of these shots among us!
Anywho...onto the list. Here is a list of the activities I have planned for the month.
  1. Play a board game together
  2. Build a fort and have dinner in it
  3. Cut out paper snowflakes
  4. Color a special picture for someone
  5. Make popcorn and watch a Christmas movie
  6. Find a special treat
  7. Special treat: Hot cocoa and marshmallows
  8. Make a Christmas craft
  9. Breakfast for dinner
  10. Find a special present and open it
  11. Make a card for someone and mail it
  12. Go to dollar store and shop for family
  13. Go out to a movie
  14. Decorate a gingerbread house
  15. Kids make dinner for Mom and Dad
  16. Go see Santa Claus
  17. Make a pinecone bird feeder
  18. Make a Christmas craft
  19. Find a special present and open it
  20. Go bowling
  21. Bake Christmas cookies
  22. Go downtown and look at lights
  23. Popcorn and movie night

I didn't do 24 and 25 because we'll be out of town with family. We actually celebrate on Christmas Eve with part of the family, so there's no need for the countdown--I don't think.

Okay..I'm off. Come back tomorrow. I FINALLY have my "Nester" garland ready to show. See you then!


Valarie Lea said...

That last picture is awesome!!! :)

Jan said...

Cool post, love the static hair.

Mindy said...

Phew! I was wondering about your MIA

Natalie said...

I love that! You're such a fun mom.

I'd like to do everything on that list :), awesome ideas.

Barb said...

Glad you listed the countdown of things to do. They all sound like a lot of fun. How fun the dinner under a tent looked. That hairdooooo...Olivia...HOW FUNNY.........and Maximus those sad eyes. Have Jackson give the poor dog a bone.

AJ said...

How fun:) Love the static pictures and those pathetic puppy eyes!

Astrid said...

Love those photos! Those are fantastic activity ideas. :)
Thanks for sharing!

Man, I LOVE that last photo!!! Frame it!

sandra/tx said...

Chris, those are great family things. Love the dinner in the fort. You are such great inspiration.

Jodee Leader said...

I love your list!

Sandy Toes said...

What a wonderful list..I will be checking back with that one!
-sandy toes

Our Complete Family said...

What a fantastic memory you gave your kiddos with that 'sgetti meal hun!
Love your list. They are all wonderful things to do as the holiday approaches.
Can't wait to see your garland!!!
Merry December, Les

Tanya said...

Aww, what a fun post. I'm glad you posted your ideas!

monica said...

Your list sounds like so much fun!

I might have to make an advent calendar myself. I won't start it until the boys get out of school on Christmas break. We stay so busy around here with basket ball and the Academic team. It would just be easier to do the activities on break.

Great pics btw. The static cling hair cracked me up.


Jaime said...

Very fun ideas. I love your pictures.

jennifer said...

oh. i love this idea. thanks for sharing!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I love the photos...your girls hair cracked me up! I think our dogs are related. cherry

~ Jamie ~ said...

Such a great (another great) idea! I'm glad I was not the only one away for a bit, except I didn't get to go anywhere. :( I also love the kid's tree. I'm thinking of getting one for all of my kids ornaments & I'm loving your white one. Very cool!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your list! I love the pictures - what great fun. With our recent move, I will not have time to create an advent for this year, so I have hidden notes around the house in drawers and boxes - each advent message also includes a clue to the location of the next. This brings a little humor to our situation. Keeping everyone cheery during hard times makes me feel good.

unDeniably Domestic

Shannon said...

Love those ideas! Cute pics!

Kris said...

You think you get off the hook for leaving just because you post a list? If you went somewhere, where's my souvenir? I went somewhere yesterday, to Wal-Mart. I *almost* brought you home a pair of argyle socks. See how thoughtful I am? Your real present should arrive soon!! I love your dinner under the table/fort idea. My kids would flip over this. Thanks (once again) for the great idea - you are such a cool mom!

Wendy said...

Love the static! So funny! Cute ideas!

Amy from Texas said...

Great ideas! I like how you had an activity and not a present. Your kids are too cute:-)

Sweet Simplicity said...

I love the fort idea! I bet your kids think you are the best mom ever!

Lacy said...

Kris...I love the pics on this post. Your a great mom. I took some of your advent ideas to mix with mine. I can't wait to see your garland!

ka1t_lyn said...

I love the advent activities, and the static hair. This is such a great idea!

Erin said...

What a fun mom you are! I love your advent idea!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Okay, every picture in this post was beyond adorable...including the one with you in it! : )
Happy holidays.

Suzanne said...

so fun!!!!!

Tara said...

What a great list of fun family Christmas things to do together! I love your advent idea & all those little boxes looks so cute in that jar/bowl thing!

Stephanie said...

You are so creative these ideas are so much better than my piece of chocolate I leave in the box for my daughter every day. I think I'll try this next year. Now...if I can only remember it next year!

Smilingsal said...

Thanks for sharing your idea list!

the undomesticated wife said...

I love the picture of the kids and the dog in the fort! That's so cute!

restyled home said...

You remind me of Elf and his holiday to-do list...but you forgot to add SNUGGLE!!

You're a good mamma!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the simple and includes everyone! Can't wait to do it next Christmas....or maybe for the month of June...after school's out (but different paper of course!!)

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