We enjoyed a quiet day at home for Ben’s birthday. He opened presents after breakfast per tradition.
For lunch we all went to the Westminster Alamo to see Spies in Disguise. You know what, that movie was actually really good! I mean, for a kids film. I don’t blindly recommend it. But the animation was smart, it had great voice acting, the plot was predictable but tight, and had a lot of great jokes and fun set pieces.
Ben indulged in a hearty root stew for dinner. He made it with dashi and miso, ingredients that the other humans in our house don’t light. The cats on the other hand…
Then we had ice cream cake from DQ and played card games.
Happy Birthday, Ben!
We had the pleasure of hosting Christmas for the Waterhouse family this year. It was so fun having everyone come to Denver to celebrate. Here’s a smattering of pictures from the end of the year. Sorry, they are totally out of order!
Okay, it’s actually Tuesday.
Either way, Freddy was Garfielding hard for this lasagne.
(I have a cold this week. Please don’t judge me for serving Stouffer’s.)
Earlier this month I got to come into Sam’s class and teach the whole first grade about Christmas in Germany, as part of their “Holidays Around the World” unit. I did this for Jack’s class when he was in first grade, you can see the pictures from that here.
This time I didn’t document nearly as well, so all I have is this picture that the teacher took. Sam is the one picking his nose.
I brought in most of the same things – clothes, pictures, decorations, and a slide show with pictures and facts.
Then I served some German treats, this time I made stollen and lebkuchen. A lot of the kids loved it and asked for seconds and thirds!
Like last time, I had the kids make a special message for my German pen pal:
Steffi and I have been excitedly emailing all month about the busy-ness of being a mom during Christmastime. Her kids loved the video, and in return she sent a few back. I stitched them together into one movie and added subtitles.
Tomorrow the teachers are going to share it with the first graders, to show that their message went all the way around the world!
It’s been a Christmas-sy weekend! Friday the kids were off school except for a brief scheduled assessment. So it was a lazy kind of day. In the evening Jack brought a friend to the ward Christmas party. It was nice to get out and chat with people and enjoy some Christmas music. They had a few small instrumental performances and had the kids sing “Stars Were Gleaming” – much to Jack’s embarrassment, since his friend got to watch him sing. 🙂
Today we decided to take an adventure downtown for some Christmas cheer. For extra fun, we took the light rail train. It was a dreary gray day, but I mostly stayed warm.
Not pictured, they each picked out treat at Rocket Fizz. Sam took a sour apple Blow-Pop, Jack took a Chocolate Frog.
I spent in the afternoon in a bustle getting groceries and picking up Christmas cards and a popcorn tin. Then I baked cupcakes for my Sunday school class and did laundry while watching Nutcracker. We had a lovely brief snow, but no build-up on the ground. To finish the evening we watched Home Alone 2. The kids were howling with laughter and declared it just as good as the original.
Freddy has a basket:
He likes to be in a high position in the kitchen – close to the food smells and the people. I installed a basket on the counter to try to keep his fur and feet restrained to one spot, rather than roaming over the whole counter. It works well and he spends most of his naps there.
Nimbus is more free range with her napping locations. Unless I have an electric blanket on me. She purrs so loudly when she’s sharing it with me.
Tonight we were dining on baked potatoes and Freddy was prowling about hoping to sneak a bit of bacon. While his focus was on the table, we spied Nimbus slowly settling into Freddy’s basket. The kids howled with laughter, we knew this was going to cause trouble.
Shortly after, Freddy noticed the egregious invasion and was MAD.
But Nimbus was not about to yield to this plebeian. We had a full-on battle, pitting claims of Territory against Dominance.
They ran to the living room to finish wrestling. I’m not sure who they think won the battle. The basket was abandoned. Thirty minutes later, as I was leaving for book club, I walked by this scene:
Hmm. No one looks happy. Perhaps this was the first skirmish of a long war.
We came home and launched into Christmas mode. Thanksgiving was so late this year!
The kids had the whole week off for Thanksgiving, like usual. With a snow storm coming, I decided to come over super early on Sunday to visit. It was great to have many relaxing days on vacation. The boys got the play with the Mason grandparents during the day. Amanda and I had lunch with our parents. I even squeezed in a couple zumba classes at the local gym. Ben joined us on Wednesday via bus.
We had an amazing Thanksgiving spread with far too much food. Everything was delectable and I came home with generous leftovers. On Friday the Waterhouses went to a pottery painting studio and got creative juices flowing. In the evening we saw Frozen II together. It was a wonderful holiday time with family!