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a bjd advent – dec 19 paper chains

  • Posted on December 19, 2019 at 9:53 pm

the girls spent the afternoon making wrapping paper chains
dec 19 paper chains
first they cut up strips of double sided wrapping paper

dec 19 paper chains
then worked in pairs to make long chains

dec 19 paper chains
crystal and annalise made thin ones

dec 19 paper chains
cricket and dovey made fatter ones

meg was up late tonight making aprons and oven mitts for this weekends’ baking marathon
dec 19 at the cutting table
dec 19 sewing aprons

a bjd christmas – dec 18 – make a gift day

  • Posted on December 18, 2019 at 6:53 pm

today was “make a gift day” so all the kids scattered to various rooms and got to work

kiri and eilidh made memory match games for the littles
dec 18 make a gift day

cricket taught the little girls beading so they could make bracelets for meg and the big girls
dec 18 make a gift day

they all managed to string the beads, but needed a little help tying the knots
dec 18 make a gift day

the boys made clay ashtrays trinket bowls out of oven baked clay
dec 18 make a gift day

then they got creative…
dec 18 make a gift day

after meg baked their creations, the boys painted them
dec 18 make a gift day
dec 18 make a gift day

elwin hid in the craft cupboard, knitting
dec 18 make a gift day

a bjd christmas – dec 17th – paper snow flakes

  • Posted on December 17, 2019 at 11:28 am

the girls happily spent the afternoon making giant poster paper snowflakes
dec 17 making paper snowflakes
dec 17 making paper snowflakes
dec 17 making paper snowflakes

noah and emrys quickly got tired of sitting, so volunteered to take the paper scraps out to recycling
dec 17 taking out the recylcing

oops…
dec 17 oops

a bjd advent – dec 16 – hampers for the food bank

  • Posted on December 16, 2019 at 1:29 pm

for the past couple weeks the kids have been doing extra chores to earn grocery vouchers that they can redeem for pantry items to give to the food bank, today meg put out some big boxes and the kids put stuff in throughout the day…
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers
dec 16 boxes for christmas hampers

apparently meg underestimated the kids desire to help others
dec 16 bare cupboards
time to go shopping again
dec 16 making a list

a bjd advent – dec 14th – decorating the tree, from calm to chaos

  • Posted on December 14, 2019 at 10:19 am

there was great excitement today as it was the day they all got to help decorate the tree, kiri carefully unpacked all the ornaments, crystal started putting them up on the lower branches, dovey and annalise were in charge of setting up the mini trees and nativities, eilidh was busily putting out the christmas pillows and throws.
dec 14 decorating the tree from calm...

meg and cricket went downstairs to bring up the rest of the decorations, so the boys decided to help untangle the christmas lights…
dec 14 decorating the tree to chaos

a bjd advent – dec 13 – do you wanna build a snowman?

  • Posted on December 13, 2019 at 6:46 pm

dec 13 do you wanna build a snowman
after several days of snowfall, the girls went outside to build a snowman.

a bjd advent – dec 12 mail and board games

  • Posted on December 12, 2019 at 7:01 pm

meg went off the the post office to mail the letters the kids wrote yesterday,
dec 12
while she was there she picked up a load of parcels full of christmas surprises,
dec 12
the kids entertained themselves playing board games

a bjd advent – dec 11 – christmas cards with a purpose

  • Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:54 am

today was a charity day again, a day when the kids focus on giving, rather than what they will get for christmas
dec 11 cards with a purpose
meg ordered cards from a few of her favorite charities as gifts for friends and family.
dec 11 christmas cards with a purpose
the kids had all decided together that they would write encouraging notes to our troops who would be away from their families this year, so they each picked a favorite place to sit and got busy thinking of what to say
dec 11 christmas cards
the girls are writing very sweet letters
dec 11 christmas cards
the boys decided to write their letter together, i think meg better check this one before she sends it!

a bjd advent – dec 10 – popcorn and movie night

  • Posted on December 10, 2019 at 7:27 pm

tonight the girls cuddled up to eat popcorn and watch “the mujppets’ christmas carol”
watching a movie
watching a movie
the boys claimed the muppets movie was sissy, but they came in to grab some popcorn and were soon as mesmerized as the girls
dec 10 popcorn and movie night
dec 10 popcorn and movie night

a bjd advent – dec 9 – family photo

  • Posted on December 9, 2019 at 10:37 am

today meg took the kids’ christmas picture. amazingly enough even the boys cooperated!
merry christmas