We did a lot of partying this Christmas season! First up, we went to my office to visit with Santa. My firm puts this on every year, and the same (very authentic) Santa is there each year. I wasn't sure if Holland would cooperate, and Mason was mostly there for the cookies, but we got the group together and off we went.
|Waiting on the stairs to see Santa|
|Holland diligently wrote her letter to Santa, asking for an Elsa toy and a horse! That's a toy horse, by the way.|
|The lobby always has this awesome poinsettia tree display. We keep trying to get a good picture in front of it, but the lighting kind of stinks. This is the best we could do!|
Daniel was ready with his request: he wanted a snowboard, and he made his wishes clear!
Holland, on the other hand, was not too thrilled to talk to Santa. She had her letter ready, and Santa read it, but Holland did NOT want to make eye contact with the man in the red suit.
|Just don't look at me, Santa!|
|We got a quick family picture, although I don't think it's entirely in focus. I sure do love this Santa!|
This year I am the room mom in both the boys' classes, and then I had volunteered to help with Holland's Christmas party, too. That's a lot of parties, and as luck would have it, they all fell on the same day! Yikes! That was a crazy day.
I collected donations from families in Daniel's class, as well as handmade cards, and then put together these gift card trees for his two awesome teachers. The parents were quite generous, which was really great. Those teachers are out of this world fantastic, and they deserve to be recognized for it.
|I thought they turned out cute!|
|Daniel and his very best friend, Ben. These two have been in class together for two years now. I love that they are friends! They are great for each other.|
|Quick selfie with my boy.|
Next, it was on to Holland's preschool class. She had made this awesome handprint tree for us, which I loved:
They decorated sugar cookies (I made those!) with icing and sprinkles and even more sprinkles:
This is Holland and her best friend at school, Anderson. They play together all the time and I hear a lot about Anderson. They are two peas in a pod.
|Anderson and Holland - good buds|
|Quick pic with my girl, before heading off to party #3.|
It turned out to be a little more difficult than we'd imagined! Houses were collapsing everywhere. Half the icing didn't show up, so we had to make do with what we had. I went around the room, trying to help keep walls up, etc. It was rather crazy and sugar-fueled. Those poor teachers! I was worried about leaving them with kids so hopped up. Oh well - it was their idea!!!
|Mason's hose actually came together pretty well.|
|Aaaand one last snap, with my biggest boy.|
|This is what it looks like after you've been to three school holiday parties in one day. Man, did I ever need some ibuprofen.|
I love that my job is flexible so that I can be present for these moments in my kids' lives. It's why I'm not working full time/partner track. I don't want to miss these crazy, fun, chaotic days.