Christmas Craziness

After Thanksgiving it is a wild ride until Christmas.  Everyday there seems to be an activity or party.
 I went with Kaitlin's class to the Halle Heart Museum where we spent the morning learning about the heart.  I am so sad knowing this is the last elementary field trip my big 5th grader will go on.  They are all growing up so fast.
One Saturday morning Hank had his school flag football tournament where they play all the other schools in the district.  His team took first place!
Karlie made a club volleyball team this year.  We experienced our first all day tournament balancing act.  I had to leave her tournament to coach Kaitlin's volleyball team and then we were hosting a Christmas party so we had to rely on one of the team mom's to bring Karlie home.  There are so many moving parts these days!
Every morning I put a silly joke in their lunch.  I had been sending Christmas jokes and one morning I found this note from Hank.  Pretty much Christmas Joy for this mama.
Some mornings the kids would have a special treat in the advent calendar.  Can't have Christmas without Gingerbread Houses.
One day they came home to a Christmas bed!
 This year we bought a larger tree for our main tree and upgraded our States Tree with our old one.  One morning they went on a hunt to find the new tree skirt that says Family 50.
 Every Christmas they get an ornament from the states we visited that year.  This year was the Needle in Washington, the tornado for Oklahoma, and the Razorbacks football for Arkansas.
They also got the guitar for Tennessee, the Gateway Arch for Missouri, a picture of Churchill Downs for Kentucky, and the sunflower for Kansas.  We love putting this tree up every year and remembering the adventures we have had on the MKHKKH Family 50.
Disney is making seeing the new Star Wars every Christmas a new tradition in our house.  They got Star Wars Socks and movie tickets one morning.
 This time of year wouldn't be complete without a rumble with dad around the Christmas tree.
Watching the kids sing Christmas songs at church is one of my favorite parts.  The little boy in front of Hank picked his nose the entire time.  Everyone was laughing, except maybe his mother.
 Oh the parties!  Our neighborhood had a Christmas party and Hank won 1st place for the gingerbread decorating contest.  We figured it must have been in the most toppings used category.
I am room mom in both Kaitlin and Hank's classes which means you get to organized the parties.  I adore Kaitlin's teacher.  She is so much fun and had a great idea for the kids to have to find a piece of Hubba Bubba gum on a plate covered in whip cream.  The first one to find it, chew it, and blow a bubble won!
 The kids loved it and it was hilarious!!
 In both Kaitlin's and Hank's class the kids had to follow instructions to draw a snowman on a paper plate on top of their head.
 Oh the giggles!  Hank's class also did a penguin relay race where they had a scarf around their legs and had to waddle with snow balls (cotton balls) on a spoon around an obstacle course.  Might have had a few injuries.  I am not sure what mom thought that would be a good idea.  I was so busy I didn't have time to snap any pics but there would have been lots of kids on the floor.  I guess I will scrap that one from future parties.
We hosted a Christmas dinner with some of our closest friends.  We had a Mexican feast with prickly pear margaritas.  It was a very fun night for all.  
You know it was a good time when someone ends up in a elf suit and 3 out of 5 of the cars guest drove are still in your driveway at 10 am the next morning!
 It was really fun because each of the kids had friends to party with too.
 We had a hot chocolate bar and cookie decorating station for the kids.
Each one of these families came from other states with in the last 6 years.  We are so grateful for the friends that have become like family here in the desert.  
 Kaitlin and I made snowflakes on the winter solstice.  This is about as close to snow as we are going to get.
 Kaitlin has the gift of baking.  She baked two loaves of bread.  One for us and she had Holly take the Christmas loaf to Santa.  She is the Christmas spirit for sure.
With school out and the anticipation rising, I took these wild things to AZ Airtime to blow off some steam.  Our little splash brothers are like little puppies that play, wrestle and a run until they have nothing left and then they collapse in a heap and fall asleep.
These two fell asleep waiting for me to come snuggle.  I couldn't believe how much they look alike.  The wonder, the magic, the busyness of the season is put to bed until next year.

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