December Delights

I love the holidays and all the festive activities, class parties and baking surrounding Christmas!
My little elf helped me make an eggless version of the gingerbread man he was having during a class party.
We made cupcake ornaments for friends and family.
Can't let Christmas go by without a gingerbread house!
In the mix of all the festivities Karlie's robotics team went to the state championship.  For being one of the youngest teams there, they did great.   They were one of eight teams out of sixty five to get a call back for the final awards!  While they didn't earn a trophy, they had a great time and Karlie learned so much.
At the final celebration they had a dance party.  Leave it to Karlie to be front and center on the big screen. :)
Before the break, Kaitlin and Hank performed their trampoline routines at gymnastics.
Hank is such a dare devil, he has advance higher than Kaitlin.  
He has no concern for his personal safety and as a result is able to bounce and throw himself around with reckless abandon.
Olaf was the star of the show!
For Hank's winter party the first graders did a play where each student read lines from works they were studying.  Hank's group read Into the Woods.
My nephew RJ was visiting and got to come to the parties too.  Hank was thrilled to have RJ help him build his log house.
Karlie enjoyed what is likely her last holiday party as she will be a big middle schooler next year. :(
Kaitlin and her best buddy wrapped numerous books for the book drive.
 We were lucky to have my parents and my sister and her family come visit us the weekend before Christmas.
The cousins had so much fun playing.  One morning in the advent calendar everyone got Kinetic Sand.  They spent hours playing with it and the clean up is easier than play-doh!
 My Grandpa, Great Aunt Eileen, Uncle Larry and Aunt Ann came over for a Sunday brunch and a little football watching. 
The holidays are some of the hardest times to live without family around, so it was especially nice to have such a gathering around Christmas.  We are grateful to all who came because we know how stressful it is to travel, especially around the holiday season.
December was full of delightful moments!

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