As predicted, December has been busy! No complaints here though – we have managed to stay pretty healthy (mostly) and had lots of fun things going on. We are now officially on winter break from school though my job continues to be extra busy.
On my last highlights post, I had just celebrated my birthday. My boss kept the party going by having cake and flowers for me when I got to work the following Monday. Yay!
Unfortunately, it was very icy that day and on my walk to work, I slipped, fell, and bashed up my face pretty well. Not too fun to show up to work with a still bleeding nose. Boo!
Speaking of ice, we had the first Snow Day of the school year. Well, a half snow day. Our school district is pretty spread out and the weather can vary hugely from one neighbourhood to the next. Lots of kids take the school bus and plenty of families live in rural areas with roads that are hard to drive on in bad weather. This means it can be difficulty for the school district to know when to call a snow day. And sometimes we get a snow day when there isn’t actually that much snow in our area. This time they tried something new by calling a delayed start to the school day. We had an extra hour and half in the morning and for our family it was pretty great. The kids had time to play outside in the fresh snow. They came in, warmed up with hot chocolate, and then had a fun afternoon at school. (The 3rd picture below is a snow cat made by Pearl.)
School is officially on Winter Break now. Yay! The girls’ school did such a fun job of spirit days and celebrations and special things throughout the month. Here are Pearl and Rose on Wacky Hair Day:
There was also an Elf Day, a Pyjama Day, a field trip for Pearl, and a Winter Concert. This was the first concert for both girls (not possible in the past 2 years due to Covid) and such a treat for us as parents to get to see. Peter and I were those keen parents who snagged seats in the very front row. I think my favourite part was watching all the kids walk in and search the audience for their grown-ups. Those searching eyes and then huge smiles when they spotted their loved ones were so wonderful to witness.
In early December I got to spend an afternoon baking Christmas cookies with two friends. In the evening, our family attended the town’s annual Christmas parade. This year, for the first time ever, we also joined in to make crafts and watch the official turning on of the lights.
One of our other favourite Christmas traditions took place last year when we went out and found a Christmas tree! The girls also chose, chopped down, and carried a smaller tree to have in their room.
Our house is looking pretty festive now and we are counting down the days to Christmas Day!