Sunday, December 21, 2014

December ADVENTures: Days 20-21

We've had a busy couple of days so prepare for a lot of pictures.

December 20: Granny and Paw-Paw's Christmas

Going to Granny and Paw-Paw's is an annual Christmas tradition. We look forward to it every year. It's nice to have all of the family in one place at one time. The boys had a great day.

There was a lot of cousin on cousin wrestling while the kids waited to open their presents.

This is what Caleb thinks of waiting to open presents. He's not amused.

Benjamin got several small Lego kits and he immediately went to work at putting them together.

A little help from some little cousins. 

After lengthy Lego building, Benjamin went outside to try out his new bow and arrow set.

Caleb was mostly interested in playing basketball. It's his thing.

Granny and Paw-Paw have a lot of bird visitors to their feeders. Caleb and I sat outside for a good while so he could watch the birds. He was so excited because he saw several that we don't get in our own backyard. I wish all of you could see Caleb's passion for birds. He is so knowledgeable and appreciative of these animals. He can name just about any bird you put in front of him. He could probably tell you where that bird lives and possibly even tell you the wing span. He knows his stuff. 

Caleb quote: "These birds are just so beautiful".
This boy will have some kind of job in the field of nature. I just know it. His passion is deep.

December 21: Spina Bifida Christmas Party....but more importantly....Benjamin's 6th Birthday!

My sweet baby turned 6 years old today. I can't believe it. It really does go by so fast. Wasn't it just yesterday that he was born? 

So last year we went all out on Benjamin's 5th birthday party.  This year was very low-key. Benjamin really didn't want a big party and December has been such a crazy busy month...I don't know when we could have planned a party. No party this year but we still wanted to make the day special and fun for our birthday boy!
His favorite colors are "shiny gold and orange." Okay. So, I bought some shiny orange decorations (easy to find this time of year) and some orange party ware. He woke up this morning to a festive table. He loved it.

We always do birthday donuts. 

Some serious bed-head on this SIX year old!

It worked out that the Spina Bifida Christmas Party was also today. The event is at a local flight museum. Benjamin was so excited about this.

Decorating a cookie.

He put exactly 6 m&m's on his cookie, because he's 6.

That's a good dad right there. Carrying a very heavy, and very big 9 year old boy up and down stairs so he can see the inside of a plane.

My little monkey.

Action shot!


The boys had a blast at the SB party. Afterwards, we headed home for dinner and cake...because we really haven't had enough sugar today.

Still can't believe he is six. 

If you haven't read Benjamin's story, you should. That little booger made a grand entrance into the world folks. It makes for quite a story. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

December ADVENTures: Days 18-19

We've kept our activities low-key the past couple of days since Caleb was feeling yucky.

December 18: Make Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

We do this activity every year. It's easy, fun, and it makes your house smell amazing. 2 ingredients: applesauce and cinnamon. That's it.

Just roll it out and use cookie cutters to make the shapes. You can let them air dry or put them in a low temp oven (about 200) for about an hour. I forgot to take pictures of the finished product. Oops. 

December 19: Go see the BIG Christmas Trees at Daddy's work

The boys loved this. Loved it. Apparently, going to Daddy's work is a big deal.

The HUGE tree outside!

"This ornament is the size of my head!"

The HUGE tree inside!

The City Manager let Benjamin keep this bear. It's almost as big as he is. He's sleeping with this giant bear right now.

We did manage a Kindness Lamb activity as well. We made some sweet treats and took them to Mr. Sam, the naturalist that leads the nature walks. The boys love Mr. Sam and his nature walks. I'm certain that Caleb's passion obsession for birds is a result of Mr. Sam. The two of them got to chatting about birds and Caleb managed to leave with one of Mr. Sam's ornithology (the study of birds) books from college! 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December ADVENTures: Days 15-17

So here is what we have been up to the past few days...I know all of you are dying to know. ;)

December 15: Make Snow Slime!

We've tried (and failed) at making slime in the past so I didn't have high hopes for this activity. I knew the boys would love it...if it worked, so we gave it a try.

It actually worked this time!!

This was such a huge hit with both boys. They played with this slime for ages.

It's so weird because it feels wet but it isn't actually wet. It's not sticky or messy at all. 

Silly #1

Silly #2

We used this recipe for making the snow slime. I used glitter glue instead of white glue. It worked perfectly and there was no glitter mess. 

December 16: Watch Charlie Brown Christmas

Sorry, I don't have a picture of this. Just imagine the boys sitting on the couch watching t.v. 

December 17: Make Candy Cane Playdough

This is the recipe we used. It is very similar to salt dough. Ours didn't come out as "pretty" as the recipe but the boys still liked it. And it smelled really good.

They didn't like the playdough as much as they liked the slime. The slime was definitely a big hit.

Fluffy Sweet Sugar (Kindness Lamb) has had a few things for us to do as well.

We made a couple of our "Things we love about you" jars.

We made some sweet treats.

Put a Hershey kiss (or Hugs) on a pretzel. Put them in the oven (200 degrees) for just a few minutes, long enough for the kiss to get soft. Then press a M&M into the center of the kiss, I used Mint M&M's. Then put in the fridge to harden. Super easy, and super yummy!

The Kindness Lamb wanted us to share our treats. 

So we took a big container of chocolate pretzel treats along with an unwrapped toy up to our local fire station. 
It was kinda chilly in Texas today, in the 40's.  Caleb was complaining about how cold he was, which is unusual for him. The child rarely gets cold. Even when we got home, Caleb just couldn't get warm. He was shivering and shaking, lips were purple and everything. I put my hands on him and quickly realized the boy was burning up! 103.5 temp! After a quick trip to the doctor, we think it is just a virus. Fingers crossed it is a virus that passes quickly and doesn't spread to the rest of us. 

Merry Christmas from the McLelland's!

I wish I could personally send a Christmas card to all of you....but that's not financially feasible. This will have to do. From our family to yours....

Sunday, December 14, 2014

December ADVENTures: Days 12-14

Our most recent December activities involved a quick trip to Oklahoma for a wheelchair basketball tournament. So, we didn't really have any special planned activities...because an overnight trip to Oklahoma was our activity. We managed to have a little fun off the court while we were in Tulsa.

December 12: Head to Oklahoma!

We arrived in Oklahoma Friday afternoon so we had some time to swim at the hotel pool.

The boys loved the indoor pool but the water was quite cool. We didn't last too long.

 The lady at the front desk told us about some cool Christmas lights down the street from the hotel. We decided to check it out. We are so glad we did!

It was amazing! Rhema Bible Church does this every year. It was spectacular. The boys were in complete awe of all the lights. 

It was quite chilly in Oklahoma.

The tunnel of lights was the big favorite. I love the look on Caleb's face. 

We have a similar event locally but it is something that you drive through in your car. There is usually a very long wait to get in and you have to pay. This was so much better than what we have at home. I loved that you could walk through the entire thing and it was completely free. 

The tunnel was really cool.

December 13: Basketball Tournament

Caleb's team had 2 games on Saturday. 

As always, it was so fun to watch Caleb play. I see him gaining confidence all the time. We are so blessed to have this team locally. I'm so thankful.

I also got the chance to meet a fellow SB mom while we were in OK. It's always so much fun to meet members of my SB family in person. Such a blessing.

December 14: Make Gingerbread Cookies

It was good to be home and sleeping in our own beds. We all slept a little late today. After breakfast we made some gingerbread cookies.

The dough smelled so good! 
(the snowman is blocking my dirty/unorganized pantry-some things don't need to be on the blog) 

Our kindness lamb sorta had a couple of days off while we were traveling. Today we wrapped up some of our freshly baked gingerbread cookies and took them across the street to some neighbors that have young kids.

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