It started with Friday night's Girls Night Out in Seattle with a few buds of mine - including this one....
Meanwhile the boys were with Brian at a Christmas party at church - having a blast! Brian took the day off to volunteer at school - the Watch DAWG program - and had a great time popping in and out of classes and helping out wherever he could. No one let him hide behind the computers like he wanted, but he did a great job and the kids all loved him. He also did a great job getting the boys (and all my last minute props) to the church for the party. I wish he would have gotten some pictures, but I do know there was lots of sugar involved and a lot of laughing.
Saturday I ferried back over and we took over my parents' house for a Christmas party. We invited some of the boys' closest friends (10 kiddos in all) and their families and had a whole bunch of fun! The big event was the book exchange - think white elephant exchange without the opportunity to "steal". The kids loved getting to go up and choose and all ended up with a book they were excited about.
We adults also had fun - ate way too much - and swapped parenting stories about our nutty kids. We loved having it at our parents' house, but the problem was cleanup. We couldn't just leave it for the next morning - blech! It was exhausting! But we managed and then we were off - as we had a busy day the next morning.
It was finally time for our church program! We got there and costumed up. We definitely had cute magi!
Ethan and his fellow magi practiced giving the gifts - which they took very very seriously.
They all looked so awesome in their costumes - but then were getting wound up as we got closer to showtime. You could literally feel the excitement in the air.
And then we were off - and boy were they cute! The nursery kids came in and did one song. For which Lucas stood there absolutely frozen. He did sing, but did not one of the movements. Nor did he smile. But he did it - he went up in front of all those people and sang!
And then it was home to finish my report cards. Brian took the boys to Happy Feet 2 - which according to Lucas was too scary. Hmmm... Dancing penguins are scary? But I think I'm finally about done and ready to get ready for the actual week. I'm exhausted - what a crazy weekend, but it's all worth it when I know the boys have had all sorts of memories burned into their brains. And that, I think I have accomplished.
By the way - Ethan has learned to dribble the basketball! We had all sorts of people work with him and it's there! It actually comes back up to him - though control may still be a bit of an issue.....