My little Joe turned six, and we enjoyed a low-key family party, as last year he had a big friend party. We're trying to go for the every-other-year party thing.
It was a treat to hear Keely play a Christmas duet at Crown Center in downtown KC. I love the look of concentration on her face!
The boys are excited that we'll be getting some sort of Lego store/play center next year, though you can't tell it from looking at Joseph's face. :)
We had a fun time at our church's Christmas brunch. Noah is in the back on the right.
Here's Keely (second from right) with some of her buddies from church. We are so blessed to have so many neat families at our church!
Annesley won't officially turn four 'til Wednesday, but we celebrated a bit early to give her some space between celebrating her birthday and Christmas. This was her first friend party, and she did great, though we did have some explaining to do about why there was no 'goodie bag' for her!
Lily and her friend Audrey sang beautifully at the Christmas party!
The kids paired up and decorated gingerbread houses this morning after chores.
Aldi had the best price on gingerbread houses I've seen: I think they were $6.99.
Our rental house's living room is way too small for our normal Christmas tree, so we bought a little bitty one this year. I was a bit sad at first, but the more I though about after-Christmas cleanup, the happier I became. :)
While the kids worked on their gingerbread houses, we had to occupy Sam somewhere else. He helped Daddy clean out his car in the garage, mainly by spilling his snack bag in the backseat, and creating toddler fingerprint art on the freshly cleaned windows. You can forgive almost anything if one is this cute, right?
I hope you are all enjoying the magic of this time of year, and loving on those little people in your life! I must admit that I have struggled this past week with patience and kindness with the kids, and I'm going to the Lord a lot for His help. Here's one of my favorite quotes. I hope it encourages you like it does me.
“Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
― Jim Elliot
― Jim Elliot