Last week, we made our advent calendar (adapted from something I saw on Pinterest). My biggest goal was to not spend any money on it, and we managed that, so I'm happy!
First I printed out some ornament templates and traced them on paper so the kids could decorate them...
Their creativity amazes me!
Then I added numbers and cut them out
Next I made a tree on our chalkboard doors and we used miniature clothespins (and masking tape) to attach them to the tree!
We'll write on the back and each day we'll try and do something special for someone else, like "Make Myrtle a Christmas card and sing some carols with her", or "Make cookies for the mail man/garbage men"
Philip surprised me by putting up the tree with the kids while I was doing a photo shoot on Sunday and yesterday we put the decorations on.
Moriah made a silly "hat" with our singing dogs =)
Not a lot of "helping" from this one, but he had to have a picture!
It's fun talking about each ornament and why it's special to us
Some fun shots of a couple decorations:
I painted this when Philip and I celebrated Christmas together the very first time. It is even more special This Christmas! =)
My three elves
This pose was their idea and I love it!
Another Christmas tradition.. the parade!
Excitedly waiting for it to start!
My friend, Sarah H, made this Adorable hat for Moriah and we love it!!
All lined up
Caleb was Too cute in this reindeer hat
Our friends, Josh and Susan (not sure what Josh was doing here)
Devin, Melissa and Treyson
Brooke, Eden, Luke, Jade and Keenan
(Haha! That's more like it, Josh!)
A fun, "Jesus is my Superhero" float
Chowing down some pizza while he watched
First picture of the tree