If you aren't Grammy/Gramps or Grandma/Grandpa this will probably be one of those posts where by the end of it you'll think, "okay, I've had enough of the Quiring kids". Of course Grammy and Grandma will still want more. We've been busy with activity and festivities. We're traveling over the holidays and are getting REAL excited to see our families!!!
Activity Number ONE: Crayon making
Found this cute idea on a friend's blog and thought we'd try it. You use abc silicone ice trays (got them off of amazon) and put your old crayons in the tray and then bake them for 10 minutes (or until liquid) at 250 degrees. You let them sit for an hour or more and then pop them out. Then your old crayons turn into new crayons in the shape of ABC's. I LOVED the idea. The boys and I peeled all our old crayons and got to work. Then Ian (my gift giver) had the idea to give each one of his classmates their first initial for a Xmas Gift. How could I say no?? The problem . . . . the party was the next day and when we counted the kids in his class there were 6 or 7 kids starting with the letter C. So after making one set with the boys I continued to make C's INTO the night!!
They did turn out cute. We put a color sheet and the crayon in little baggies I use for my scrapbooking cards. His teacher said it was a hit.
Activity Number TWO: "Look Mommy, paint my toes. I paint my toes!"
Mommy's response . . . "Don't MOVE, stay still, where have you been?"
Enough said on this activity.
Activity Number THREE: More Fun in the Snow. Tatum finally made it out and enjoyed it. The boys have had numerous snowball fights with the Hawaiian neighbor boys. They have forts and snow walls to make the fight more exciting.
Activity Number Four: Jingle Jam at Ian's School, they sang two songs and he did great.For your viewing pleasure, I've posted many videos at the end of all of our holiday singing! Tatum said after EVERY SONG (for every grade) . . . "My turn sing!" Each time I lied to her and told her she was next. I know that's not great modeling but if I would have told her she wasn't going to get a turn we would have had to leave from the fit that would have followed. She was very upset when the show was over and she didn't get to shine on stage. She mimiced ALL of the actions from Ian's songs and even added in her own moves. Afterwards Ian even said, "Mommy Tatum did great hand motions." If you watch the videos you'll notice Carter and Coleson were done with the whole singing thing by the time it was time for Ian's grade.
ACTIVITY Number FIVE: Carter and Coleson's Preschool Singing
This was there first time to do any sort of singing on stage. Our church doesn't include the preschoolers so they've never performed. The show was 30-40 minutes. I was amazed, I didn't expect that. They used all sorts of instruments and all! It was fun watching them both keep beat.
Tatum picked up where she left off at Ian's performance asking when it was her turn.
This first picture is priceless to me. They look so cute side by side. These weren't their assigned spots, they just wanted to start out together. When I was telling the boys on the drive home how well they did I just started crying. The twins are growing up so fast, I don't know where the days are going!
ACTIVITY NUMBER EIGHT: Photo Shoot of Christmas Clothes . . . Since we are traveling some over the holidays we did the Christmas clothes thing today for church instead of Christmas Eve. The pictures we took at church didn't turn out so the kids posed for me when we got home. It got silly but I LOVE the silly pics! I love seeing the kids laugh! Keep laughing kids!
Well, if you made it to the end of this post you are a die hard Quiring Fan! HA! I'm sure the weeks ahead will bring even more holiday festivities. Can't wait to walk into my parent's house and be with family, then it will be off to spend time with the Quirings - can't wait!!!! If you haven't had enough of us you can check out videos of all our singing fun!
Carter and Coleson's Preschool Performance.
Tatum got her TURN . . . she was making Ian sing with her. Whenever he'd stop she'd instruct him to "SING!". He was a good sport.
One last video . . . this one is an old one. All these singing performances made Jas and I reminise about Ian's performance when he was three. The video may be a little fuzzy but he's the one in black, you'll hear him. He's the one singing, "Sing merrawee, sing MERRAWEE! Jesus is Born!" GOOD MEMORIES!
Did I mention we are doing Christmas with our kids in the morning?? I've GOT TO GET TO BED! Goodnight!