Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Days Of Christmas.

Ninth

So, this was the day that I took the kids to go see Santa as soon as I got off of work. We didn't get home until almost 8:00pm. Therefore, I don't remember what they received from their advent door. I think it was more chocolate coal and Preston was upset that I was repeating gifts. (Hey! I took you to go see Santa, be happy with your coal!!)

Tenth

(Sorry, had to cover up the school shirts with hearts.)

On the tenth day of Christmas the elves gave to thee, chocolate covered Santa marshmallows. To which the boys shoved the whole thing in their mouths. They looked like chipmunks!

Eleventh

(Lucas looks like he's in mid sneeze.)

On the eleventh day of Christmas the elves gave to thee, bubblegum in a cute penguin container. Now Luke is "grounded" from bubblegum (because he spread it all over his play grill), but I made an exception this time.

Twelfth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth,  and Fifteenth

The kids weren't home Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. So, they had a lot of doors to open last night and here is what they received:


You can pick all these up at Party City. I've had more fun finding little cheap toys to fit in the doors, then they have had receiving them...almost....


Luke had WAY too much fun with his stamp. He said, "Mom, I look like Dad!" He thought the stamps looked like tattoos. Such a silly boy.


Tonight I have something special planned. It is one of my favorite things to do around Christmas time. Can you guess what it is? Here's a clue:


Their door will have nothing but a piece of paper saying "look on the table" in it. It's not a huge surprise since the kids were with me when I bought it, but I really don't think they were paying close attention. I'm going to be looking forward to going home and making it all day! 

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday friends! The only reason I use the word "happy" is because this is the last full week of the year! I'm ready to sit and relax with my beautiful family. Not that we haven't been doing that every night this month, sitting on our butts watching Christmas movies...but you get the idea.


Here is my COMPLETE list of family friendly (minus a couple cuss words here and there) Christmas movies. There are a few more you could add to it, that we've watched (like the other Rudolph movies and the other Christmas Carols)...but for the most part it gives you an idea. We like to double up on our movie watching when we watch the old stop animation movies, because they are so short.

Alright, now for the recap of our very exhausting, laundry washing, party going weekend.

Friday

One of my beautiful nieces came to spend the night with her cousin. Luke had been begging me for awhile to have a sleepover with his cousin.


Everything went pretty smoothly, except for the scissors and brother's Mincraft poster incident. Other than that, they had a great time playing and watching Christmas movies.

Saturday

Saturday morning we woke up at 6:30am (too early for a Saturday) to go root for Chey-Ann in her cheerleading competition.

 (Proud Dad right here!)

 (Getting ready to "hit" the mat.)

 (She did so well for her first competition.)


In fact, Chey-Ann and her team did so well that they won first place in their division and are off to regionals! We couldn't be prouder, she has worked so hard.

That night, Luke and I went to La Fuente Mexican Restaurant to celebrate my brother's 20th birthday. It's where we always go to celebrate his birthday, kind of a tradition. 


I'm surprised the house didn't burn down with all those candles! After cake, we all sat down and talked about the family white elephant Christmas party we are having on Sunday. There may be bloodshed when it comes to fighting over presents. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures! 

Sunday

On Sunday, we went over to Jeremy's Mom's to celebrate Christmas with his Grandma (we call her Bubba). We ate Chinese food and showered her with presents. 

Okay, I know that everyone's allergies have been really bad this year. Mine are horrible, especially when around cats or pine (Jeremy's Mom has a cat). All the over-the-counter medicine hasn't been helping at all. In fact, I don't think my allergies have ever been this bad. I have asthma that is triggered by my allergies. If it gets bad, my rescue medicine won't work and I'm off to the ER. Which is what happened last night. It was so bad that even after going to the ER, as soon as I walked through the door, I couldn't breath again. 

I'll be hiding in my bedroom with the fan on until we get a good freeze, some snow, and Christmas is over. I need a break from all these allergies!

So how was your weekend?

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Tidbits


Happy Friday all! Twelve more days until Christmas (we don't count today or Christmas day, we only count until Santa comes)! We took the kids to go see Santa last night at Bass Pro Shop. We ate dinner there, did crafts, and then saw Santa. The kids had a blast, especially Luke.

(although he doesn't look very happy in this photo.)

(The kids tried so hard to see Santa from the balcony.)

(Almost there!)


Luke talked Santa's ear off. I was so proud of Santa for listening attentively as my son rambled on and on and on.


Emily insisted on wearing a dress and looking nice for Santa. She is a big dress wearer, she would probably wear one every day if I let her and if she had more dresses.


I wanted Preston to sit on Santa's lap so bad. I think Santa was scared he'd squish him. They were almost the same size!

As for this weekend, if you're like me, your weekend will be filled with shopping and wrapping those last minute presents. Actually, the shopping I do on Christmas Eve is what I consider "last minute". It never fails that as soon as my little ones lay their sleepy heads down on their pillows and Santa begins to visit houses, is when I realize that I forgot to buy something. I've even forgot to wrap things before and found them months later tucked away in my closet. I don't know why I make lists! 

This weekend is also Chey-Ann's first cheerleading competition! We are super excited for her and know that she'll do great. 

My brother's birthday party is this weekend, as is our Christmas with Jeremy's Grandmother. It's going to be another crazy weekend. I'll be ready for January so everything slows down. 

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Stockings Were Hung....


I don't know how many times I have to say this, but we DO NOT have a fireplace. I know, it saddens me too. So where do we hang our stockings? Well, in previous years we've hung them on nails on the wall. Last year, Santa stuffed the stockings full and laid them under the tree. This year, I decided to make a place to hang our stockings.

Remember the old fence boards I used HERE? Well, Jeremy's Mom still has a lot left that we can craft with. I took one board and cut it down to 5ft with a jigsaw. The end that I cut off actually split in two, which turned out perfect! I'll show you what I did with that in a minute. Then, I took my 5ft board and cut it in half. I stacked the two halves on top of each other. 


Then, with some red craft paint, I painted the two boards. I wasn't going for a perfect look or coverage, I was going for a more rustic look...SUCCESS!


Now for the end piece that split in two. I used them as "anchors". I put one piece under each side of my sign and screwed them together.



I also went over the heads of the screws with some black paint, to make them more rustic looking.


With some white puff paint, I wrote "the stockings were hung...." free-handed.


While the puff paint was still wet, I sprinkled on some green glitter. Everything is better with glitter!


I even hot glued a little bow onto it. I bought four double hooks at Home Depot and screwed them into place. There's enough space for everyone's stocking including Leia's, plus one empty spot in case we ever decided to get another dog. (Hint hint Jeremy, just in case you are reading this.) I nailed two sawtooth hangers into my anchor pieces, so I could hang the sign on the wall.


We have limited wall space upstairs in the main living area, so this is hanging right next to our "mantel". I don't have a picture with the stockings hanging. We are missing Chey-Ann's stocking, so I am currently making her one. It just doesn't feel right taking a picture without everyone's stocking hanging there, but you get the idea.

Rebecca Havener, My Little Devils With Wings
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