We opened our family Christmas presents on Christmas morning. I got PD these yard waste cans and a big tool chest. I don't know why we only have pictures of the trash cans, the chest is really cool. I had to hide it all at Gram and Papa's for weeks leading up to Christmas.
We really only get the girls a few little things. They get SO much from the extended family. We gave them some books and puzzles:
These Muppet Baby toys..they are very into the Muppets right now:
I found these dolls at IKEA for a steal and they were a HUGE hit. The girls aren't even that into dolls.
Oh and look who got the biggest gift this year! PD got me a new bike on Craigslist!
Then we had our family devotions and Christmas breakfast before heading over to Grams.
At Grams we had a great time eating and exchanging presents with these guys until we had to rush home and finish packing because we left the next day for our Wichita Christmas!
As always there were so many wonderful activities leading up to Christmas. We attended a beautiful staff party at the Governor's Residence.
Gram and Papa took the girls to the Living Christmas Tree pagaent at their church. PD and I did a little Santa shopping that night.
The girls were in a Christmas on the Ranch program at our nursing home ministry.
The girls made a Christmas parade with all their toys. SO cute and it took them half a Saturday.
PK2 recieved this gift of a candy cane and Christmas pencil from her friend who is a dear family friend of ours. He is an 11 year old boy who shoots hoops with her and he sent this over with his mom a few days before Christmas. He is a gem! (they also share a Spanish tutor, which is why the note is in Spanish).
We went to a beautiful performance of the Nutcracker with our besties and some other home schoolers:
Isn't this venue beautiful? We were able to go for just a $5 education rate.
The girls got to meet a miniature horse (dressed as a reindeer) at the nursing home minstry.
When I showed PD the pictures of the miniature horse, he literally fell to the floor laughing because of this. If you aren't a Parks and Rec fan, you should be!
Annual Zoo Lights experience:
Of course we did our Advent reading again. Thank you mom for giving us my childhood wreath! The girls love hearing the stories about how we did Christmas when I was a child.
PK1 took this on Christmas Eve. Wouldn't PD make a good Mormon?
Second year in a row for these outfits, but they still fit!
It must be Christmas Eve, baby Jesus is in the manger!
OK, if you are a Parks and Rec fan, you will enjoy this, from Little Sebastian's funeral.
Here are a few miscellaneous things that happened in November.We shopped for our Operation Christmas Child boxes:
And sent them off.
We dressed as Native Americans for our nursing home ministry. Don't you love the papoose?
Here is a round up of some of the fall crafts we did. Had to take a picture before we took them down and started in on the Christmas crafts.
We went to Cincinnati for Cincinnati cousin's birthday. He is the whole package: cute, smart and FUNNY.
Speaking of smart, PK2 is very into puzzles. She can do a 100-500 piece puzzle all on her own.
This was actually a 1,000 piece puzzle and we helped her some with that, but still impressive. I actually really like puzzles too and may have let my chores go a little in order to work on this one.
Our good good friends went all the way to Uganda this month. They carried with them our favorite Bible story book, The Jesus Storybook Bible for our sponsored child and hand delivered it to her. Amazing. It was so special to pray each day with the girls over their trip, and that Patience would read her Bible and have faith in God. And special that they took a picture of her for us!
On a much more worldly note, I got PD to grow his hair out and wear it a bit longer. Oh my land...does he look good! Why do men age so much better than women?
Last but not least, the girls created a Lego Stonehenge.
Meet the Political Family. My husband Political Dad (PD), and the two Political Kids (PK1 and PK2).
The most important things to us are family, education, ministry and home projects, but sometimes it seems like we just barely fit those things in around the political work my husband does here in the 12th congressional district in Columbus, Ohio.