as we do every year, we try to get the little ones involved in setting up the tree. H takes the helm here, as i shoot along.
toddibox (more on that later). after settling down from travels, i wanted to create a space for fun learning for the little ones.
among the missions they accomplished were to set aside toys/games they would like to give to someone else, and playing the games ourselves for one last time. i wanted the kids involved in selecting what to give away, to help them understand the value of what they give and what they keep. we decorated a paper christmas tree, wrote a letter to a friend, and behaved well with ah kong and ah mah while mommy and daddy were away on a weekend trip. the behaving bit earned them 3 days of pinning credits. to be honest, most of the tasks had to be performed by roo, while red obliviously milled about and waited for her turn to pin the tree.
the day before christmas, we spent the afternoon creating tissue paper pom poms for a cousin's birthday party later in the month. roo loves crafting for others, and was eagerly asking me when ah kong's birthday is and if he needed any decorations for his party. ;) fluffing up the pom poms proved to be a delicate challenge. i think these are fairly decent for first tries.
roo's fervent request: a remote controlled lady bug named 'sophie' that cleans up her orbeez. clean up is part of play -- and in this case, clean-up is the play. happy to know that my indoctrination is working on them. grin. i had some fun playing with 'sophie' too.
simple treats for the santas and santerinas....
we also managed to kidnap cousin T for christmas! :)
as guest of honor, he pinned the '25' onto our tree. :)
roo scooted along, T explored the river, while red picked up rocks and tried to create a totem pole out of them. simple joys.
back at home, i was surprised to find the little ones still bubbling with energy. H led a nerf war against T who was armed with an automatic weapon (20 bullets in rapid fire succession). i kind of enjoyed watching H get bombarded by bullets. :)
red joined in on the fun, walking confidently across the two camps and commanding everyone not to shoot her. she goes up to her target and tries to shoot them at close range, though she always misses. if she weren't so ineffective, i think the gang would have tried to shoot her too.
topped off the day by lounging and watching movies at home. just a day to celebrate each other, and the relationships that we hold close. i hope this continues a tradition of togetherness for the little ones -- of being with the people we're with, no distractions. 'be where you are' and it seems only right i give my special ones 100% when i can, especially on a day like this.
wishing everyone meaningful holidays! :)