December was a fun month full of a lot of things. Once Thanksgiving weekend was over, we spent some time getting our house in the Christmas spirit.
Once our tree was up and our house was decorated, Little Joe (our elf) made an appearance. Here are a couple of the things Little Joe was up to during the month. He did a lot of other fun things, but I forgot to take pictures. He toilet papered the tree, wrote "Be Good" with lipstick on the mirror, was hanging down from our light, made a snowman out of marshmallows, and hid from the kids. Will and Blake absolutely loved waking up each morning and going to find Little Joe. They laughed and laughed about the silly things he did and made sure to tell everyone we met what he was up to.
We also enjoyed going to our ward Christmas party. Lance had to work that morning, but he showed up for the last little bit. They had food, we sang songs, there was a photo shoot with the nativity scene, and Santa showed up.
The kids enjoyed talking to Santa and Mrs. Claus and had plenty of things to tell them. At first Will wasn't going to say anything because he had already told another Santa what he wanted. But I convinced him to tell him again.
One of the main things I wanted to get Will and our family this year was more kid friendly board games. Will absolutely loves games and always wants to play something. Instead of buying several and opening them all on Christmas and perhaps getting overwhelmed or focusing on one and missing some of the others, I decided that each week before Christmas we would open a new game. That way, we could spend the week playing that game and not having too many to choose from. There was one evening we played Candy Land, then we did a little craft for our pantry door, and ended the night with some dessert.
Another night, we decided to go for a drive over to the Roy Fire Department where they have a really fun lights display. There is a path lined with trees that goes around a grassy area. All of the trees were loaded with lights. We did several laps around the park, then we played tag with the kids. They loved it and were disappointed when we needed to leave. Hot chocolate when we got home made it a little bit better, however.
We also took the kids ice skating, kind of. Syracuse city has this little rink set up at one of the elementary schools. It is a lot cheaper than going to an ice rink, so I figured it would be a good place to take the kids for their first time. Well, it wasn't real ice. It was this plastic stuff that kind of mimics ice, but doesn't do a very good job. Unfortunately, Austin was not happy and I couldn't help the kids skate cause I was trying to take care of her. Will and Blake each really needed 1-on-1 help, so that made things difficult. Plus we picked a day that was freezing. We didn't stay very long. Will really wants to go again, though next time we will be going to a real rink.