Building Rainbows

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Abuelita Dolls

We are off to Houston and Indianapolis for the Holidays but I wanted to post about these Abuelita dolls. They are by Baby Abuelita and each sing about 6 traditional Hispanic lullabies. They are really cute and Lizzy really likes to listen to them. One is Tita and the other is Tito for her. Strangely enough the abuelita doll sounds a lot like Lizzy's real Tita and even sings the same songs she does! These dolls can be found at Target. Be back to post after the Holidays! May your Holidays be Merry and Bright!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Express

I found this neat idea for the Christmas Express and tickets at this blog. Click on the blog link to read all about it and print your own tickets. For our Christmas Express adventure we watched polar express (some of it) and had popcorn in our pjs. Later Lizzy found her ticket somewhere in our home to ride the Christmas Express. I took her ticket and we went for a ride. First we went to Dunkin Donuts for hot chocolate and munchin donuts to have on our drive. Then, we drove around the neighborhoods near us to look at lights. Lizzy was amazed by any house that had lights. Then we found a few impressive homes on the same street that we all enjoyed looking at.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hand Rolled Beeswax Candles

For St. Nicholas Day Lizzy got a Candle Making Kit. With it she rolled all the teachers and staff at her school candles to give to them for Christmas. Each candle was personalized with something that Lizzy thought that teacher would like. A flower, triangles, stars, balloons, circles, and stripes. These were easy enough for Lizzy to roll on her own and I cut out the shapes. We really enjoyed making these candles together. I'm sure we'll make more soon to use as dinner candles. This is the link to the kit.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Salt Dough Ornaments

Lizzy and I made salt dough ornaments last year that are hanging on our Christmas tree this year and I'm sure for may more years to come. This year we made more salt dough ornaments! 1 Cup Flour, 1/2 Cup Salt, 1/2 Cup Water. We let ours air dry for a couple of days but you can also bake them for 3 hours or microwave them until they harden.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Footprint Manger

Like the Christmases past Lizzy again made a footprint craft. I love looking at the little tiny reindeer feet from Lizzy's first Christmas. This year we made a manger. Lizzy is very interested in baby Jesus this Christmas so it was perfect.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Cinnamon Ornaments

We made some cinnamon and applesauce ornaments that smell so good. The cinnamon ornaments are just a bottle of cinnamon (4 oz.) and 3/4 cup apple sauce. You can let them air dry for three days or bake them at 200 degrees for 3 hours. Create your own unique ornaments at home ... it's so much more fun and nice to look back on.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy St. Nicholas Day!

This Christmas we will be traveling to Houston and Indianapolis to visit with family. I can't wait to see family and I'm starting to get homesick! We have again decided to celebrate our own Christmas on St. Nicholas day this year just us three at home. I prepared a ham Christmas dinner with all the trimmings the night before, set out the wooden shoes, and read Lizzy the night before Christmas. Lizzy is having so much fun this Christmas. She got a personalized video from Santa and just loves watching it. The morning of our Christmas Lizzy woke early but didn't go into the living room where the presents were until later than we expected. Finally she came into our bedroom and let us know the wooden shoes had been filled and St. Nicholas had brought gifts.

Lizzy took her time opening all her gifts. Her big gift was her first big girl bike. Some cinnamon rolls and a bath later she was out riding her new bike to the park! We had a nice simple St. Nicholas day at home and Lizzy got exactly what she wished for a new bike and a telescope! Can't wait for more holiday festivities with family soon!

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