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10 Dec, 2008

Family Advent days nine and ten: toes, toys, and trees

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy

The actual advent activity for the ninth was to go and buy a gift for Toy Mountain but we got snowed in and had to postpone. The girls finally finished their letters to Santa and we worked on our Christmas cards some more too.

After dinner we settled down to watch an episode of Nature that Mark had recorded while I painted Emma and Sarah’s toenails – same as we did last year. Sarah got pink (with glitter) and Emma got blue (with glitter).

Day ten (today) we braved the snow and the crowds and bought our gifts for Toy Mountain. Emma chose a Mary Poppin’s-style Barbie. Sarah picked a Play-Doh ice cream shop. I could tell she reeeealllly liked it. She looked at it rather wistfully, but I’m glad she picked out something she liked to give away to someone in need. It made it more meaningful.

After dinner we hightailed it to Ikea to pick out our tree.  We considered going to a farm but it’s been a hectic couple of days and we took the easy route. It’s been that kind of week.

And after THAT I got to meet J from Please Pick Up Your Socks as she and A. dropped off the mouse house. I have promised her a coffee and I’m looking forward to it already.
p.s. this is part of my 25 days of Christmas challenge. It’s never too late to play along. And do consider joining our Flickr group too.

2 Responses to "Family Advent days nine and ten: toes, toys, and trees"

1 | porter

December 11th, 2008 at 8:39 am


first…i LOVE the mouse house.

second…we are painting toe nails tonight!

2 | J.

December 11th, 2008 at 9:47 am


It was very nice to meet you and your family last night. :) I’m looking forward to that coffee too. Happy Holidays!

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