Just as I had my nieces over a few weeks ago for a special outing and overnight, I had my nephews over and planned for us all to go on the Santa Train. The overnight was quite the adventure! But they loved the Santa Train, and we were able to see and go inside the 765 Steam Engine! Carson's favorite part was Santa Claus, and he asked for a real dinosaur for his backyard. Aidan loved riding in the caboose, and my daughter's favorite part I think was riding in the car with her cousins and eating hot dogs at Coney Island. I feel very blessed to have my little nephews and to be able to spend this special time with them. They're the cutest!
It's so unbelievable how quickly this year has gone. As I continue to work on this 365 project, I realize how the days pass ever more quickly with each post, nearing that number 365. At the beginning of this project, my daughter was a baby and now she's a big girl reading books in my bed and deciding what she likes and doesn't like. This 365 project has caused me to understand the rapid speed of childhood and the need to bottle up and value every precious moment. Each day that passes is the last time my daughter will run around in a diaper or pretend a box is a rocket ship or play in the curtains, but by the time it's the last time, it's too late to realize what it is and to treasure it. So this 365 project helps me to capture it in my memory in a tangible way forever, to remember those moments when my memory fails me.
The year my daughter was born, the ladies in our family decided that our children already had too much stuff and don't need more clutter or things, that there were too many kids to buy everyone a gift at Christmas, and we'd rather they share a special day together. So the first year, we all got together before Christmas and made salt dough ornaments, and last year we made mugs for our parents with reindeer made of the kids' fingerprints. This year, I found these cute gingerbread men ornaments they could make, and we just pasted the kids' faces on them. I loved how they turned out! I also set out Santa and elf hats for them to wear. :) We then sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and ate birthday cake. And anytime the kids come over, they always want to bust out the costume box, which consists of Halloween costumes I bought post-Halloween last year for my daughter's Christmas gift and for the cousins to have something to do when they came over. It's so funny to see what they come up with!
I purchased the pattern and materials, and my sister made this AWESOME hat for my daughter....that she won't let me put on her head! So we had Little Molly try it on for size. She just stood there motionless with her hands in the air at first. Lol!
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