Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Holiday Parties, Sweaters, and Giving Back

 We went to the annual Christmas party put on by the company my dad works for.  Its a huge event with lots of fun activities for the kids. 

 Levi chose his own outfit, red shorts, a red dress shirt, and last year's Christmas tie.    He has been doing this weird eye thing every time I take a picture, its very annoying. 

There was a hay ride, and a train ride.  

And he got the balloon guy to make him a bow and arrow. 

He wrote to Santa during the wait to see him.  

I also went to a MOPS Christmas event, it was an Ugly Sweater party as well as a cookie exchange.
I picked up this sweater from the thrift store for $2 (the woman who wrapped it up said it was beautiful!).  Then I attacked it with a glue gun, felt, glitter, garland and bells!  

I won some peppermint bark for "best use of a glue gun".

 Here is everyone in there very ugly sweaters! 

They also gave out "Mommy Awards" and I got one for being crafty and for donating a bunch of stuff to a silent auction fundraiser.  This creepy, yet awesome award is now displayed in my sewing room.     

We made a little craft, which I always enjoy.  This one is made from a cookie cutter with a piece of scrapbook paper glued onto the back of it.  Add a ribbon and some glitter and ta da!   Easy but cute.   

Here is our tree by the way, its potted, we just drag it in at Christmas time.  Just a couple years ago this thing was the same size as Levi, now its twice his size (and he has grown too!)

And these are the cookies I made!   I made my own cookie cutter using a kit.  The recipe is a vegan cookie recipe and it is sooo good, they taste like classic Christmas cookies.  I made some without the dye so Levi could have some too!   Here is the recipe


 I made over 50 of them, it was a lot of work!   At the end of the cookie exchange, I had a huge box of cookies.  Because of Levi's allergies, we couldn't really eat any of them, so on our way home, we dropped them off at the fire department for them to enjoy.
They were very excited to have them and showed Levi and I around the station.  We got to see their antique map of the neighborhood, and the updated one.  He said they use that because its hard to see addresses in the dark even with the GPS, they can use the map to count how many houses from the corner a location is, or what its next to.
They also have a decorated fire truck with a sleigh on top, every night they drive around playing Christmas music and Santa rides on top to wave at kids!  Its really fun.

On Sunday, Levi was the only kid at Sunday School.  I was looking to see if there was any Christmas decorations we could play with, and I found a bag of little gifts that the previous teacher must have used for something.  So we put together 7 gift bags to donate for the "Angel tree" collection.

Levi had a great time figuring out which gift would go in each bag.  We also added some new beanie babies, stickers, pencils and notebooks along with the other small toys.   He made a card for each bag and put tissue paper on each.   
This would be easy to do at home too, just buy a bunch of small items from the dollar section at target, or even the dollar store, and have kids sort and pack them into gift bags and make cards to go in them, and then drop them off at a donation site!   Usually they ask for unwrapped gifts so we didn't seal the bags in any way, so the contents can be checked.   

It was a great lesson in giving, we talked about how fun it would be for a kid to open all of the little things we put inside.   

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