We started our first week of The Peaceful Preschool October 1st and spent two weeks learning about letter A. So far Stormy and Ev’s are LOVING it! They beg me all day to do more school! I love their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and The Peaceful Preschool program has been a great outline to get us started (I would highly recommend it to anyone considering it). Some of my favorite things about it are the book recommendations and printable letters to decorate, if you blindly pick out books at the library you can end up reading your kids a few things you wished you hadn’t, even in the kids section! The only thing I wish was different about this program is that there were MORE things to do, my kids blow through it pretty quick so I’ve struggled to constantly add new things to the weekly plan.
Our trip to the apple orchard was what we chose to do for our first field trip and we totally lucked out with a gorgeous day to go! Stormy and Ev’s picked all kinds of apples off the ground to try, and they were some of the best I’ve tasted! We plan to come back here for another field trip when the trees are in bloom, I can’t wait!
And just like that December came and went and I’m sitting here scratching my head wondering how the heck we are already halfway through January? I’m feeling so behind on things…which is not unusual for me lately, but I think that’s pretty normal when you have two 3 year old’s. One of my resolutions this year is to get caught up on all my to do lists, Justin likes to remind me that you will never be all the way “caught up” because there will always be things to do, so maybe I need to focus more on being organized and doing things on schedule instead of “catching up”, either way I need to reduce stress in that area of my life. So this post may seem pretty late, and it kind of is, but in keeping in line with my resolution I’m going to spend the first part of the year posting aaaall the photos and posts I intended to do last year but never got done…starting with our month of December wrap up!
This year we got our tree earlier than usual and pulled out all our Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving (normally we are scrambling last-minute a week or two before Christmas), I felt so on top of things! We met up with friends and took the kids to see the Reindeer at Watson’s nursery the first day of December, which is something I’ve wanted to do for the past couple years! I think the kids ended up loving playing on the hay bundles more than seeing the reindeer, but it was so fun!
Toddler love is the CUTEST!
Showing me her mint, she had never tried one before!
That look and those hands in his pockets???!
Their friend Jaxson, I LOVE his excitement over the Santa chair!
This is as close as we got to Santa pictures this year, every weekend was so busy we decided we didn’t really need to fork over the $50 for those low quality prints of the kids crying this year. 😛
One of my favorite Christmas memories growing up was getting that cardboard advent calendar from the grocery store filled with chocolates, I dunno what was so exciting about eating one of those chocolates every day, but I loved it!…and they really didn’t even taste good! Ha! I wanted to start a new tradition with my own family based around this wonderful memory, so this year I made an advent calendar on our chalk wall with a string of lights and these cute craft bags I found at Hobby Lobby. I filled some of them with activities we got to do that day, some with small toys, and some with little treats. It was so fun watching the kids run to their bag and tear it open each day.
The day they found out they got to make Christmas cookies and hot cocoa!
They love those little window stickers!!!
We let Stormy and Everly have a go at the lights this year, I think they’ve just about got it 😉
Before heading out for a Christmas get together with family.
My adorable little elves on their makeshift reindeer!
The night before Christmas, Stormy wanted some slippers but he doesn’t have any that fit so I let him borrow my socks, I couldn’t stop laughing at how cute he was walking around in those things! Needless to say, they are not my socks anymore!
This is the only good photo I got from Christmas, I was using my phone at first and it ran out of memory! 😥
Stormy and Ev’s got pretty sick a few days before New Years so Stormy was too exhausted and didn’t make it until midnight…which totally worked out since I was only able to find one sparkler in the drawer! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Cheers to 2017!
^A bit blurry but she was so cute with that umbrella I couldn’t resist posting it anyway (A lot of these pics are, it was pouring rain!)
^She was so upset that I was on the other side of that tiny puddle, she didn’t want to cross on her own 🙁
^Thumbs up for her first time going potty behind a tree! Ha!
^”Hmm, which tree should we get?”
^Completely determined to load up our tree and haul it herself!
^Hiding from Mama
This year we decided to check out a tree farm we’ve never been to and it was so rainy and COLD. We were soaking wet and completely covered in mud!! I didn’t realize how cold it was going to be and how long it would take to get there, so by the time we arrived it was already getting dark and we were definitely not bundled nearly enough! Stormy and Everly were very serious about picking out the right tree, whenever we would ask “this one?”, one of them would always say no not THAT one! We were taking so long that it got too dark and we had to hike back and pick out one that was already cut because we couldn’t see them anymore (I know, totally lame), but we were just thankful to finally get one and get outta there so we could warm up! We got the kids their very first hot chocolate on the way home to celebrate, surprisingly Stormy didn’t like it but now Ev’s is hooked! I’m not sure how someone doesn’t like liquid chocolate, but Justin and I were happy to take over drinking it 😉 We woke up the next day to a gorgeous sunny day, ha! But we had so much fun and made memories that will last our lifetime, and that is definitely worth being a little cold and wet for a few hours. <3