Monday, November 25, 2013

Fall festival and Disney on Ice

The first weekend in November was so much fun! We started off the weekend with the Fall festival at Quacco Baptist Church. Caycen had a blast! It was also his first PLAY outing where he wore big boy underwear the entire time. He has been doing soooo good with using the potty!

After the Fall festival, Caycen went home and took a little nap. Then when he woke up, we got dressed and we headed to Mellow Mushroom for dinner with Ella Kate and Amanda, Bailey and Ashley, and Paige. After the kids ate WAY more pizza than we thought they would, we walked across the street to the civic center to see Disney On Ice. 

Caycen and his two lady friends :) They are so cute in all their Mickey/Minnie paraphernalia 
look at Ella Kate posing!!! She's so.stinkin.cute!
I don't know who was more excited about it, me or Caycen. I grew up a Disney freak! I loved every single Disney movie and knew every song!!! Before heading into the civic center we HAD to buy something... so Caycen got himself a little light up spinner thingymabob that had Mickey Mouse on the top. He had a great time with it too. And the girls got their little princess ones. 

I was a little nervous about how Caycen would do though, because he'd never been to anything where he was expected to watch for over an hour. But he LOVED it! The kids were all so cute! They watched in awe the entire time!

Caycen is waving to Mickey Mouse here! It was SO PRECIOUS!!!

do you think he's interested???
 I didn't take pictures of all the different Disney characters, but I did snap pictures of two of my favorites:
Aladdin and Princess Jasmine

My favorite of them all... The Little Mermaid

I had a blast and so did the kids! I can't wait to take Gracie June when she gets older.

A Meaningful Christmas

Last year I read about this really neat devotional idea but didn't have time to get enough women to do it with me, so I made sure to start planning and organizing this early this year!!! Early, as in, September, which was perfect timing. 

A Meaningful Christmas is a devotional that you do with your children each night to teach them about the true meaning of Christmas. After reading the devotion for the night, the kids get an ornament to help them remember the lesson from that devotional. And the creators of "A Meaningful Christmas", Carrie and Brittney, came up with the idea to get 24 women to commit to doing the devotional with their children, then each of the women create 24 of the same ornament, then you have a swapping party.  Each person gets one of the devotions to create an ornament for. The Hostess Guide makes it all so simple to host "A Meaningful Christmas Swapping Party" and put everything together. Everyone worked so hard on their ornaments and got very creative! Here are some of the ornaments from the party:

All of us women had so much fun hanging out and just enjoying each other's company.

One of the best parts of the night... Getting to put all of the ornaments in our family boxes!!!

And our personalized family boxes were just too cute! (Thanks Liz for making these for us!)

I had a BLAST hosting this event!!! One of the coolest parts about hosting was that I only knew about half of the people that ended up joining the group of women.  Several women invited others to join that I had never even met before. I got to meet some really incredible women through hosting this event.  

I am so excited about doing the devotional every night in December with my children. Even though Caycen is only 2 and Gracie June is only 4 months, I think they will love it. It's never too early to start teaching your kids about Jesus and the love that HE has for us all. 

If you are wanting to find 24 women to do "A Meaningful Christmas" with NEXT year, I highly recommend it. You can find them on facebook here