The beginning of the month meant the beginning of our Advent activities.
In addition to Advent, we kicked off the Christmas season by decorating our tree. Bella is holding a special ornament given to her by a friend last year. It says "Home for the Holidays", which was so appropriate since Bella and I arrived in Honolulu from Ukraine just 11 days before Christmas.
(This is actually the photo from last year's concert, because I can't find the one from this year's concert at the moment - oops).
Then came Buddy's preschool Christmas Concert. It was the first time he has gone on a stage and participated in any kind of event, so I wasn't sure how it would go. He did a GREAT job and we were so proud of him. His favorite song was "Go Tell it on the Mountain".
And one more video - Bella is the shortest dancer in the front row.
A Happy Bella
Bear's First Christmas
Bou's favorite book :)
Even though Buddy was still sick, he rallied for gift-opening, then crashed afterward, in typical kid fashion.
Buddy's favorite moment was probably when we put the stockings on the floor for everyone to get their goodies, and a LIZARD crawled out of one of them! From the pale color of his skin, I'd say he'd been in there awhile too. Living in Hawaii, I have found lizards in all sorts of places (even smashed one with my bare hand in the middle of the night when I got up to close the bathroom window - AGHHH!), but finding one in the stocking was a first. Buddy thought it was great, and temporarily abandoned gift-opening in favor of lizard-hunting. He can be heard several times on our video saying "I just want to see the lizard! Where'd he go?"
It's the simplest of things that make me smile, too. A friend dropped of a jumbo-sized tin of various popcorns for us. Bou put the popcorn packages away, turned the lid into a cymbal for Bella, and tied string around the tin to make it a drum. They had a great time playing "Jingle Bells" and other songs.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope - Romans 15:13