Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Chaos

Christmas is crazy. Every year. Between finding the right gifts for everyone on our list, prepping, wrapping, it all gets a little chaotic. Having large families further complicates things. Parties to attend, kids' schedules to work around, traveling. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. I feel truly blessed to have so many people to celebrate the holiday season with. This typically means we are not home on Christmas day. So we tend to do family gifts on a evening near Christmas. The kids get 4 gifts from us: a want, a need, something to wear, something to read.

 Emma was more than happy to climb under the tree in order to find all the goodies.

Reading the card she made for her little brother. She is such a good big sis!

 Easton sporting the new bracelet his sister made him

 Opening a new truck with daddy
 Elissa loves unwrapping her presents this year, so fun!

 Can you tell she got want she really wanted?!?

Winter Break Fun

I had big plans for the two weeks Emma had off school. But who am I kidding? Ain't nobody got time for all that during the holidays! We were able to head off to a place called Catch Air with our neighbors. The kids had a blast and are now taking naps courtesy of all that play time. I'm busy bathing in Lysol because ewww. The place was jam packed with so.many.children. I even watched a kid throw up 5 feet away from me. Praying everyone stays healthy now, especially since we are so close to Christmas!
 



I know the kids would love to go back sometime soon, but I'm not sure this mama can handle it. The lights, noise and children running everywhere was sensory overload. Not to mention the germs....

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Extended Klein Christmas

Our celebrating continued today to include Jason's extended family. We only see them once or twice a year so it's always nice to catch up with everyone. 
 
Easton was happy to assist in present opening
Emma was our little waitress, passing out snacks in the evening
Love these two!
This little girl was constantly on the go once she warmed up to the crowd

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Klein Christmas

We celebrated Christmas with Jason's side of the family last night. I am realizing that since our family has grown and the activity level has increased, my photography has taken a hit. I only got one picture of Emma because she was busy playing the part of Santa, passing all the gifts out.
She looks so grown up here!

 Reading stories with Aunt Jessica
 Helping papa unwrap his gifts
 Sitting with grandma
 My hairy hubby
The kids were thrilled with their new gifts and well worn out by the time we got home!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Easy DIY Gift for Kids

I made two fort kits for different families for Christmas. They were a lot of fun to put together. I ended up getting extras of everything so my kiddos have their own stash of goodies.

I included flat sheets or large tablecloths for the fort, along with rope and clips to help assemble. There is a flashlight for each child, glow sticks and snacks. I also included a cute diagram that shows how to make different shadow puppets that I found via Pintrest. These were super easy to make and a big hit!

Here's the fort my littles built!