Friday, December 19, 2014

Advent: days 14, 15, & 16

Sunday was one Advent we'd really been looking forward to... a ride on the Candy Cane Train! The train begins in Bath and is a super trip up the coast. It's a 90 minute ride and we're treated to hot chocolate, cookies, dancing elves, singing, story-telling, and, of course, Father Christmas...




Before we left, Chas and Raf worked on some art...



And then we were off...


Charlie was asleep when we first arrived so Raf and I headed into the train station and enjoyed the treats in there, including a model railway.




And then we boarded the train... the boys were very excited.




 The scenery was stunning on such a beautiful, sunny day.


We stopped off midway to watch the elves dancing outside. Charlie was desperate to get off the train to join them.



As the elves finished dancing, a storyteller in our carriage began to read the children stories.



But Raf was feeling very impatient for someone to arrive (we were right at the front of the train and the very last people to see Santa. Here he comes!



Raf was very shy (though this was a much happier Santa than the one we met at Breakfast with Santa.


Chas didn't seem too interested in speaking with Santa but did give him a high five.


A really wonderful day... Monday was a very low key day.



But very exciting for the boys... because they met a new friend!



Raf closes his eyes in anticipation of his new friend!


Wow!!!!!!


It's an ELF! Raf has been desperate for us to have our very own Elf on the Shelf. I can't say I love the idea of this little guy 'watching us', but we're turning him into a kindness elf, who encourages us to do kind, giving things this Christmas.  Raf called the the elf 'the Candy Cane Train' (!!) and I added the word kindness.... so he's known as the Candy Cane the Kindness Train.




And the next day the Elf did suggest a giving activity...  There he is holding the cracker.




Writing and delivering Christmas cards to our neighbours!



Charlie hard at work...


And we're off... We made the mistake of at first knocking on people's doors. But the boys (in their tired, unlistening states) barged in to houses in their messy boots and made themselves a little bit too much at home!






The boys had a really nice time delivering their cards... but it was a very long time for such a small neighborhood!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Advents 11, 12, & 13

Day 11... Mum was flying in that evening (8pm) and Rich was out until late so our Advent preparation was a bit on the fly. As I tided up (maniacally!) the boys enjoyed a Christmas Picnic on the rug in the living room! Kiltie ate Charlie's sarnies...!!






I need to peel that, Chas!




The next morning the boys were absolutely overjoyed to see their Nana! And Nana was excited for the Advent fun!




Woo hoo! A dance party..  Alas, the boys were completely exhausted after school and swimming, so had to nix the dance party that evening and instead postponed it until the next day.


This made for a very busy Saturday. More swimming, gym class, and shopping... and back home for a dance party AND Saturday activities!



A day of decorating! We decorated the remaining Christmas tree (a foam one!), made some cookies to decorate, and then painted a little ornament Nana has brought over with her.


But first our dance party! Nana, Rich, and I all got into the spirit of the party, but, alas, none of us would like to share the video footage of us all in action! Still, there was a lot of dancing, singing, and music playing. It was a very fun hour.





And then on to Christmas cookie making. The boys helped to cut out the biscuit shapes (so we have some interesting looking stockings, gingerbread men, and stars...)




And then Rich and Nana helped finish off the other tree...




And then on to painting angels.




By the time they finished working on those projects it was time to decorate our lovely stack of biscuits.



And a lot of mess was made.




Charlie had an interesting way of putting on the sprinkles, which involved dumping out the entire tub on to a plate.


A very fun day, especially since Nana was there in the middle of it all!