Advent days 11-24

I took a bit more a blog hiatus than I had originally intended, but we had/are having a lovely holiday. We’re not quite done celebrating since we decided to include the Icelandic Christmas trolls this year, a leftover from my own childhood,and we won’t wrap up until January 5th. Here’s what we did for the rest of our advent calendar:

We made these cute little egg-carton penguins (inspired by a picture I saw on Kiwi Crate although we changed it somewhat)

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And some glitter ornaments

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Melted snowman ornaments

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And some gingerbread playdough for his buddies


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We also made cookies

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And gave lots of them away

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We made this apron for Gramma (shown here before being hemmed/having the strings put on)

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And I made Brady these pajama pants

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With matching camo ones for Papa and matching guitar ones for daddy

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We had a family game night and Brady played his first RPG (Munchkin-something-something. Quest?)

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We went on a drive to look at Xmas lights complete with hot chocolate and scavenger hunt

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We made a gingerbread house

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And went out for dessert

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Brady got a video message and a call from Santa (thanks PNP!) which elicited priceless reactions

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We read Christmas books snuggled in bed

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And had tickle fights that produced awesome pictures (this is my current favorite of Brady)



We made some silly pancakes on Christmas eve

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But kept the Christmas menu simple


Brady made out like a bandit, but we didn’t give him anything (except candy and a few stocking stuffers) that wasn’t second-hand, homemade, or a combo of both (I got those legos/base plates on Etsy and attached them to the back of his existing train table, all of the Xbox stuff/instruments we bought from a friend. The batcave is from Gramma and Papa)

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And since Christmas we have been treated to a LOT of this

I hope you all had wonderful Decembers as well. We’ll be back to school on Wednesday so I should have a wrap up for you this coming weekend. Happy New Year, guys.



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