Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 15 - 25 Days of Christmas

Today Scoot played with a little Christmas Tree counting activity I made for her earlier this week.  I made a chart with the numbers 1-10.  Each number had it's own row and I placed the correct number of velcro pieces in the row next to the number.  I used small foam Christmas Tree cutouts with velcro on the back as the counters.  Scoot put the trees on the velcro in each row as we counted together and pointed to the number. 

It was WAY over her head, but she did like playing with the little trees.  Her favorite was sticking & unsticking them over and over again.  At least it gave us something to do while we counted to 10 a bunch of times.  I figure it couldn't hurt to jump into something that is too hard - especially since I'm sitting right there talking to her about it the whole time.  It will be perfect for next year I think. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Day 14 - 25 Days of Christmas

Today we went and let Scoot pick out her ornament for the year.  I just *knew* she would pick Elmo, but wouldn't you know they didn't have a  single Elmo ornament in the entire store!  I was shocked!  Of course she ended up picking out a Tinkerbell ornament that they were completely out of.  I think she liked it because of the music it played.  Being the overly accommodating parents that we are, we went to 2 more stores looking for this Tinkerbell ornament that she had gotten obsessed with in our 10 minute visit to the store.  But both of those stores were also out.  Secretly... I was just fine with that!  I ended up "talking her into" getting an ornament that I'm much happier about!  She got a Guess How Much I Love You book & bunny ornament.  I feel like that will have some meaning to her since we read the book often and I tell her that at least 320508365802 times a day.

 (I would have been fine with Elmo since she is actually obsessed with Elmo right now in her life.  But the Tinkerbell just didn't sit well with me since she has never shown ANY interest in Tinkerbell until she saw this ornament that played a catchy little tune.  I really think it was the music that drew her in.)

I also got her a photo ornament with the year on it.  I think that kiddos should have an ornament with the date on it (bought or better yet home crafted) until they are 10 or so.  I just think it makes getting the ornaments out every year so much fun.  Scoot has several with last years date since it was her first Christmas.  I couldn't let this year go by with no dated ornaments!! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 13 - 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight I put together a little game for Scoot to play with.  I took an empty parmesan cheese container and stuck some candy canes inside.  Scoot could dump them out of the larger opening or hang them in the holes of the other opening.  We practiced counting them.   And she even chewed on one.  I took the paper off so she could really try it.  At first she was giving these great big grins every time she sucked on it.  Then she accidentally bit a piece off and got scared.  She did not like having the pieces come off, but she still liked the flavor.  

Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 12 - 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight we finally got our Christmas tree out of the attic and set it up.  Scoot is thrilled with the lights.  So much so that the ornaments are a distraction to her.  At least that's what I'm figuring since she keeps taking them off and laying them on the floor across the room!  Its a good thing we only put about 20 on the tree so far.  This year most of our ornaments are staying safely boxed and only the soft, non-breakable, hook-less ornaments made it onto the tree at Scoot level.  I'm also kinda sorta afraid that she's going to topple the tree over completely, so we will leave it at that.  I can only imagine what our tree will look like next year with a 2 1/2 year old and a 9 month old!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 11 - 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight we went to the Yankee Candle store.  On the surface, this doesn't sound all that exciting.  But the Williamsburg store is a flagship store which means it is HUGE and has tons of Christmas stuff out year round.  It snows there twice an hour and Santa is even hanging out.  Of course they have all the candles you could ever want, but they go extra heavy on the Christmas scents this time of year.  They have Christmas trees everywhere decorated in a bunch of different themes.  It is a pretty cool place to visit.  We were excited about taking Scoot since she seems to really like lights and trees.  Surprisingly though, I think her favorite part was the train they have running through all the Christmas rooms on a track a couple of feet above your head.  Whenever it would come into the room we were in, she would YELL "chooo choooo!"  It was the cutest thing!  We didnt stand in the LONG line to see Santa, but she did watch him for a few minutes.  I hope that she won't completely freak out when we take her to see Santa... but we'll see. 

I forgot my camera (even though we had to go back home to get Aaron's wallet after I had remembered that I left it... doh!) so all the pictures are from my phone and not the best quality, but they are better than nothing!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Day 10 - 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight we had some fun with Scoot's dessert.  I made her a funny looking little snow man using whip cream and M&Ms.  I'll be the first to admit it doesn't look much like a snowman, but Scoot loved it anyway.  She's a big fan of M&Ms and whip cream so this was a perfect little dessert for her!  We also read a book about snowmen. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Day 9 - 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight Aaron and I went to his Christmas work party and Scoot got to stay home and have her own little party with LaLa.  It was not exactly what I wanted to do for our 9th day of the 25 Days of Christmas, but it was a super busy day and we didn't have time to fit anything else in.  To hear LaLa tell the stories when we got home, Scoot must have had a good time though! 

Still trying to decide if we want to brave the crowds, traffic, and frigid temps to go to a parade tomorrow morning...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Day 8 - 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight we gave Scoot her very own Nativity set.  This was originally going to be one of her Christmas presents, but we talked about it and thought it was better for her to get it early and spend the Advent season playing with it.  (Target also had a deal where all Little People sets were buy one-get one 50% off.  So she'll still get some Little People for Christmas.)

She really loves the Baby Jesus, Mary, and the animals.  Now I just need to know what a camel says.  She holds up the sheep and says "baaa," the cow and says "mooo," and the donkey and says "eeeohhh."  But when she gets to the camel I have no idea what to tell her! 

We also read the book "Christmas in the Manger" by Nola Buck

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 7 - 25 Days of Christmas

Wednesday is our busy night, but before we left Scoot took a few minutes to color a page in her Elmo Christmas coloring book.

-mommy helped-

And we read a quick little Christmas board book. 

It wasn't our most inspiring Christmas moment, but we had fun and we all spent a few minutes together.  I think that's what matters and what these 25 days of Christmas are really about. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 6 - 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight we watched Charlie Brown's Christmas.  It was on TV last night after Scoot's bed time so we recorded it.  Scoot cuddled up with Daddy and her blanket on the couch and watched while I made dinner.  A great time was had by all! 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 5 - 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight Scoot played with play dough for the very first time.  We got out some green play dough and 3 cookie cutters (star, snowman, and tree).  The very first thing she did when I took it out of the can was put it in her mouth! HAHA But after I took it out of her mouth and told her no, she didn't try that again.  I bet it didn't taste too good!

She liked taking it in and out of the container and making finger prints in it.  She didn't really get the cookie cutters, but that's alright.  She did a good job of keeping it on the box.  Overall I think she liked it.  Every time there seemed to be a dip in interest and I ask if she was all done she would say no and play with it some more.  I've got some red to try next time and a bunch of other shaped cookie cutters.  

We also read the book "The Christmas Baby."  It's got a ton of animals and baby pictures -her two favorite things- so she was thrilled with the book!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 4 - 25 Days of Christmas

For Day 4 I made a Christmas Sensory Box ... well I started one.  I couldn't get all the little trinkets I wanted, but I got enough to get started. 

*side note* when I went to Michael's they were in the middle of a 5 hour sale and the place was CRAZY!  The Christmas stuff was already picked over and the lines were super long! I'm going to try to get to Wal-mart to see if they have the rest of what I wanted to get. 

I started with an extra plastic storage box we had laying around and dumped a bag of cotton balls in as the "base".   Then I added 6 small wreath ornaments, 2 small nutcracker figurines (plastic), 4 winter erasers, 6 huge jingle bells, 4 gingerbread boy stickers, 4 gingerbread girl stickers, 6 foam tree cut outs.

The pieces I started with.

 Scoot was pretty excited about it and dug right in.  She started taking out the little pieces but left the cotton balls in the box.  She didn't love the way the cotton would stick to the wreaths or glitter bells and then stick to her, but she did like to pull the pieces apart a little.

 There are a ton of different textures in this box already.  When she was holding 2 different textures at once, I could just see the little wheels in her brain spinning.

Scoot definitely found a favorite.  The huge jingle bells were a big hit.  She took them out and put them back in.  We counted them.  She closed the box and put the bells on top.  She matched the 3 different pairs.  She even tasted them!

I can't wait to add a few more things if I can find them!  She seems to like it already and I'm excited about making more of these boxes for other holidays and themes!!

We also read the book, Snowbear Countsdown to Christmas.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Day 3 - 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight Scoot used foam ornament stickers to decorate a quick little tree that I cut out of green scrapbook paper.  She liked picking out the stickers, putting them on, taking them off, and rearranging them.  I waited a little too late in the day to do our activity today - note to self!  Then we read the book "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" by Karma Wilson.  She liked all the animals in the book. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 2 of 25 Days of Christmas

Tonight we went to Christmas Town and Busch Gardens.  I've enjoyed going for the last 2 years, but this year I LOVED it!  The first year I was pregnant with Scoot and then last year she was just 6 months old (and it was FREEZING!) so while it was fun and beautiful, this year was so much more special because she is really starting to enjoy stuff like this! 

We got super lucky and got discount tickets for only $5 (normally $24) so we plan on going one more time before they close up over New Years.  It was nice to be able to take our time and only do half of the park since we know we'll be going back.  That made it so much easier on Scoot too. 

The Clydesdale horses are my favorite!  As soon as Scoot saw them we knew they were her favorite too!  She was pointing and squealing "HOSS" and "NEIGH" - it was ADORABLE!

One of the shows is "A Sesame Street Christmas" and once again we had a squealer!  ELMO! ELMO! ELMO!  This kid almost came right out of her seat and over the rail in front of us trying to get closer to Elmo.  The show was a perfectly timed 20 minutes. 

I wore my Ergo baby carrier and Scoot did enjoy riding in that on the longer walks (to & from the car, on the way to dinner) but for the most part she much preferred walking.  Especially because while she was walking she could reach out and touch the millions of lights on the hundreds of trees lining the walk ways.  It was so pretty!  And she just wanted to express her appreciation by touching as many as possible!  Whenever she was in the Ergo, she would call "Dada" about every 3 steps to make sure he was still there.  SOOOO cute!

We took a little time to admire baby Jesus.  A beautiful Nativity display!

Scoot was ready to walk and touch and did not appreciate me stopping for a photo op or trying to hold her!  

She was starting to fall into the zone (it was WAY past her bed time) and sitting on the polar bear meant that she could reach the tree above her head so she didn't mind when I picked her up this time.  Even without a smile, I love this picture!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

25 Days of Christmas

25 Days of Christmas ---- I feel like I'm on the ABC Family Channel here! haha

I'm on such a roll after the month of November that I'm excited about keeping it up!  Since this is the first Christmas that Scoot will have any inkling of an idea about what's going on I want to make it extra special and carry on some traditions.  Starting today (12/1) we are going to try to do something Christmas related every day and read a Christmas book.  This will NOT be very involved this year.  I'm keeping everything very simple.  Scoot is still too young to actually get it and her attention span is seriously limited.  I want the things we do to be age appropriate.  Then every year we can make it more involved and appropriate for a growing girl (family).  I want to keep track of what we do this year so that I won't have such a hard time thinking of 25 things next year!  And maybe if I take a picture of each activity daily we can make a little scrap book that we can get out with our Christmas decorations each year and look back on with Scoot's future boyfriends! HA!

Since tonight was the first day I kept it really simple.  We read "Jingle Bells" and played with a little bracelet with 10 silver bells on it.  (I made it with craft store bells and some left over yarn.) This was a cute little book to start off with since it is just the words to the song with pictures.  Scoot loved pointing to the horse on each page.  And she thought the little bell bracelet was awesome!  I held her hands and shook the bells while we sang the song and she thought that was pretty hot stuff too. 

Day 1 - a success! 

She's got a tight little grip on those bells!  Her face in this picture is so totally her! I love it!!