The company that Matt works at had a lovely Christmas party for the adults on a weekend before Christmas. What I did not expect was that on a Tuesday night, they would also have a lovely party for the children.
We drove to his work place (an hour away) on Tuesday and when we got there we saw many parents, lots of kids, snacks, juice, and just fun chaos all around.
Santa came and all of the kids got excited but soon settled down because Santa began to call each child by name and give them the gift that was previously chosen for them. Grace got a doll type thing where the hair can be styled. Glen got a Matchbox car set where a set of three trucks run over ramps.
They met a lot of new kids (which we will probably not see much of since we are an hour away) and they had a great time with Santa and their presents.
I am so thankful that Matt's company thinks of and cares for families as much as they do.
While Matt was working at Mercy House he found a cast iron gingerbread house mold. It looked pretty neat, but to actually use it, I wondered how that would go.
Well on December 10th, Glen woke up with a fever so we decided to stay home from church. While the kids were in the house and feeling pretty good, I decided to try out the gingerbread house mold.
So Grace and I got the dough ready. Glen chose what kind of house we made. I baked the house pieces. After the cooled, the fun began. Lots of icing, tons of candy, and much creative decorations.
And we had our house.
A different view.
The kids did a great job. I was very impressed. First of all I was impressed I was able to do this from scratch. But I loved how the kids worked together so well and were able to put it together and decorate it so well!
December 1st was the Harrisonburg downtown Christmas parade. It is a fun event to go to each year but this year was even more special.
Matt had to work till late so Mamaw, Amy, Glen and I went to the parade to see the events. One of which was Grace marching in the parade with the other Girl Scout troops in the area.
We had a great time seeing the bands, and our favorite thing was when a man on stilts came to blow bubbles on us.
Here was Grace. She (and all of the other girl scouts) were dressed up as elves. She was given the green shirt and the hat and during one meeting they got creative with some felt and made the elf decorations. I thought she looked great!
She had a blast and was so proud to see her friends as she marched down main street.
Since Grandpa Steve and Grandma Sue are not able to be with us for Christmas, we thought it would be nice to at least decorate for Christmas with them. The tree turned out beautiful with the help of my cute little helpers.
Grace, under the supervision of her father and her grandfather helped hang up the outside lights. She is my little daredevil!
There is always time for cuddles from Grandma and Grandma.
Grace had been working on playing We Three Kings to show Grandma Sue that she is starting to play. Grandma Sue gave her a few lessons on how to play. Now she is one month into her lessons with a teacher who is not her mom and she is doing great! Thanks for helping us along with way Grandma Sue.