Thursday afternoon, Ethan had a party to go to for quizzing, so Morgan and I headed out to shop for the ingredients and bake a cake for her mom for Christmas. She had informed my brother that a cake would be perfect for her mom, so we jumped on it. We decided on a Christmas tree cake - but she was not happy with merely cutting out a Christmas tree shape. No, just like her Auntie Katie, she had bigger ideas. She wanted to create the cake out of concentric circles, building to the top. We had a blast running around to get cake mix, fondant, frosting, candy melts, etc (including coffee and hot chocolate to fuel us). She was a chatterbox and I loved it! My favorite part was watching her crack the eggs. She was so proud of herself - and I was impressed! We baked the cakes (3) and made the various decorations that would go on it.
The next day we spent the morning at the Y - basketball - The "Broncos" vs. the "Sonics".
Back at the park (my parents' house), Katie and Connor had arrived, and we got to spend some more time with Maddie! She is a hoot- such a little personality. She never stops moving - or squealing! We made pizzas in the shape of Christmas trees and ornaments, and let the kids decorate their own.
And Santa DID happen to arrive that night! All the stockings were filled and toys were placed out - how exciting!
The present opening began - and this was my favorite - Ethan had wrapped up a picture/story for the U's - something about getting blown out of a volcano and then eaten by dinosaurs.
We had one final present to open that evening - hats and scarves made by Uma! They loved them and did NOT want to take them off - even though the house was rather warm as the turkey cooked - especially Morgan!