Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Party

We had a Christmas party with some of our new friends. 
The highlight of the evening was the white elephant gift exchange. Andy got a Trivial Pursuit game and was happy as a clam except for the fact that he had no idea what it was. 
Then Jonah got a porcelain doll. I think his face says it all.
He promptly gave it to this little girl.

On his next turn Jonah got a bag of garlic and onions with some herbal supplements. Andy especially got a kick out of that.
Finally, it was Ben's turn. He got a book which thrilled his soul...
 even though it was written for mine.
Alas, Jonah got a pocket knife--a pocket knife! We'd already told him he couldn't have one but we decided to let him keep it until we got home.
That was a mistake. This is the last picture I took of Ben with his eccentric loot before he ran into that knife and lifted his knuckle off the bone.
He's fine now and the finger is healing nicely. I think that was the first time the boys ever played that game and they loved it. Next time, however, we'll probably make sure we play the kids-only version without sharp objects.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

This weekend Jonah and Andy played in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. The play was great!
Jonah played this bully:
and the same bully playing Joseph in the church Christmas pageant:
Andy played an angel:
And Ben played a kid in the audience eating sugary concession stand yum yums while Dad facilitated parking and I photographed the event: 
The play is based on the book by the same name--which we highly recommend--by Barbara Robinson. It's about a family of misfit kids who learn about Jesus by playing the main roles in the church Christmas pageant. It's an easy read so you still have time to enjoy it with your kids before the magic of the holiday season comes to an end. Merry Christmas!