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DPP2014_20

One of the BEST things about my job is that I get to take time off to be in my boys classes:-)  I mean I am the boss, right?  And the boys still LOVE for me to come in!  So today we had the Kinder Gingerbread House Building party.  It was fun, and MESSY!  The kids had fun, and a few of them made out with candy covered plates, as the “yard” around their houses:-)

I loved that Daniel had a plan for everything he put on his.  The Candy Cane is guarding the house, the Gum drops are candy mushrooms growing around.  The sweetart is a door knob, and then they put more on the door…to hide the door know, so only people they want to come in can:-)  And then he made his path wrap around to the door.

It was fun, and the teachers were wise, they had milk cartons to “glue” the graham crackers (“crappers” in kindergarten language:-)) to so they had some substance.  We had just tried to build these without that tip at our family Christmas party, and well we had a few frustrated builders including myself when the graham crackers were not structurally sound!

Daniel said it was fun building…and even more fun because I was there:-)  Yep, soaking it up!

Please join me on this December Photo Project, participate yourself if you can!  Leave me a comment with where you will post you DPP project and I would love to see what you are up to this December:-)  I am also posting my dailies on my Life|Stop Photography Facebook page, so you can join in there as well!  You can see previous years images here;-)

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DPP2014_18

Last year we sent out New Year’s cards…This year our cards are actually going out BEFORE Christmas!  Yay!  I think being busy with photography was helpful because I was already designing cards for clients and friends, so…why not sneak mine in there:-)  My lab has such a FAST turnaround it is amazing!  I really love sending out and receiving cards each year!

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DPP2014_16

Do you tread lightly in your house while walking barefoot?  If your answer is no then you either have SUPER neat kids, OR no legos in your house!  Tom and I are sure we will have a tiny lego permanently lodged in our foot one day.  But to see the joy on their faces when they create something is worth it…ALMOST.  My favorite stage in the lego love phase is when they break free from following the directions and make their own creations that they can tell you complete stories of why and how they are built!  This guy is right there:-) Holden taught him how to follow the directions, and then when they couldn’t find a piece, Holden told him he could just modify the design with other pieces, and so it began.  I love the confidence he gains when he completes a project, or when he designs something that “works”:-) They work so well together finding and building…and double bonus we got to get rid of the “baby” legos, the big blocks!  Yay!  For cleaning out our current house;-)

This guy is certainly a builder and an artist.  Will be fun to watch what develops out of it.  Holden builds too, but he is much more the engineer.  He has already designed video games complete with levels, lives, etc.  Not on the computer, but on paper…funny from a kid that plays almost 0 hours of video games a week!  Their walls are covered with their designs and drawings, makes me smile.  They may not look like me but I “may” have passed on some good traits;-)  Love my boys!

Please join me on this December Photo Project, participate yourself if you can!  Leave me a comment with where you will post you DPP project and I would love to see what you are up to this December:-)  I am also posting my dailies on my Life|Stop Photography Facebook page, so you can join in there as well!  You can see previous years images here;-)

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DPP2014_15

Finally our “tree” is up and decorated:-)  I only kept a handful of ornaments out, and then added last year’s and this year’s family ornament.  While we were in India last year my mom made some ornaments with the kids, as did Grandmere…SO…The handful has grown:-)  While I love our little branch tree…I am excited that hopefully next year we will have a real tree again, but oh so thankful we get this festive piece to have now:-)  Now to hang the stockings I found…I didn’t find the 3M non-destructive hangers from last year though!  Oh well!

Please join me on this December Photo Project, participate yourself if you can!  Leave me a comment with where you will post you DPP project and I would love to see what you are up to this December:-)  I am also posting my dailies on my Life|Stop Photography Facebook page, so you can join in there as well!  You can see previous years images here;-)

 

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DPP2014_14

It’s been  a busy season for us, what with house building, and photography I have been working a lot.  I try to stop and play when asked.  But today, I finished ALL client orders for the season:-)  I have a few personal projects to complete BUT today I told Daniel I was HIS.  We read some Christmas books, played some legos, and then he asked me to play a game…He currently says, “will you play a game board with me” One of those things I hope to remember…some day he will say all things correctly and I will miss this and his asking to “free arrange” the chickens!

 

So I let him pick the game…well sort of he wanted to play chess.  He is 5…I believe Holden taught himself at 5 or 6, well Tom taught him, and then we found him a book on chess, and he learned it backward and forward…and then at some point he taught Daniel.  He’s currently teaching Daniel to tie his own shoes, and he claims to have taught him how to follow the instructions to build their lego sets:-)  Who needs parents when you have a BIG brother:-)

 

OK but back to the game…my 5 year old and 8 year old play chess, BUT I don’t…for some reason I never understood the strategy, and so therefore never found it interesting to learn, which means I didn’t learn.  SO I talked him into checkers, which I apparently don’t play well either, he beat me no problem!  I prefer games with words, or drawing:-)  Or even board games…strategy, I am not sure it’s my thing.  Although Tom is sure I would love it if I tried…

The point of this post…maybe there is one. Is it was a joy to just be his for the day…He doesn’t need me as much anymore, but I am glad he still LOVES To be with his mama:-)

Please join me on this December Photo Project, participate yourself if you can!  Leave me a comment with where you will post you DPP project and I would love to see what you are up to this December:-)  I am also posting my dailies on my Life|Stop Photography Facebook page, so you can join in there as well!  You can see previous years images here;-)

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