(I know…I’m posting about Christmas in February…)
Back in December, the Family Events Committee put on the annual holiday party for all the kids in our neighborhood. The kids sang Christmas carols while they waited for Santa to arrive. And arrive he did, on a fire truck!! (Don’t forget to turn up the volume to hear the cute carols!)
This was Ben’s first official meeting with Santa! I wasn’t sure if he’d be scared to meet him this year, but as you can see he was very eager to make his way to the front of the crowd! Before we left for the party I asked Ben what he was going to tell Santa he wanted for Christmas. “Guido, Luigi, and the Leakless Truck,” he replied. Forget about even letting Santa sit down, Ben was ready to give him his wish list right away!
There was plenty to do at this party: a DJ played music for the kids to dance to and he led them in some fun games; craft tables were set up for kids to make Christmas ornaments and decorate sugar cookies; and there was lots of yummy food to eat. While Ben had fun doing all of these cool things, this window seal overlooking the lake below is where he and a few of his buddies (Kaden, Sophia and Kailyn) enjoyed playing the most while the party boomed on behind them.
And just in case Santa forgot, Ben sat on his lap and reminded him one more time about the things he’d like most for Christmas! (Is anybody with me on this one or does Santa seem just a bit…odd? I know he’s missing his glasses and all, but we all felt Santa was just a little, well, strange. When referring to Santa, I overheard a party goer say, “All he’s missing is his bottle of whiskey!”)
Jude was well into his morning nap when the Christmas party started so when he woke up, Jake brought him up for a visit with Santa.
We managed to get both of the boys to sit together on Santa’s lap for half a second. I love their cute smiles in this pic (even if Ben is covering most of his mouth with his hands)!
Oh, and did I mention face painting? Ben chose the tiger design!! He’s very into tigers these days. He loves the book Rumble in the Jungle because it has a tiger that goes “Grrr”! Every time we get to that page Ben pretends to put his finger in the tiger’s mouth and we have to make pretend noises like the tiger is eating his finger. Funny, that boy!
The day Ben’s preschool let out for Christmas break they put on a small presentation in the corridor right outside their classroom for all the parents. The older preschool kids put on a much larger Christmas production in the church sanctuary, but since Ben is only in the 2’s class they scale it way back for the little ones. Ben is considered to be in the “older 2’s” class based on the date of his birthday so that’s his class you see standing up behind the “younger 2’s” class sitting in the chairs. I should also note that I was only able to record a little (and I mean a little) bit of the actual singing because my camera memory card ended up being full. Bummer, I know. I even made sure to clear all the pictures from the card the night before, I guess I just had more video on it than I thought. The good news is that my friend Steph (the one you’ll see in the video) did get all of it filmed so I hope to get a copy from her and I’ll try to get it posted here at some point! Anyway, Ben did a great job! The first song they sang was Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…I love his little twinkling fingers!
After the big show we mingled with Ben’s classmates and their parents while munching on muffins and juice! Before we left, Ben handed out these little bags of cookies to his classmates…
…and he delivered boxes of homemade fudge to his teachers, the office staff and security personnel!
This homemade fudge is to die for! I just so happened to have the Food Network Channel on one lazy Saturday afternoon while Ben napped and Jude played on the floor next to me. The show Dessert First with Anne Thornton came on and she was making her Fabulous Fudge recipe. I grabbed a pen and jotted it down while she cooked. Here it is…you should tuck this one away for next Christmas…it’s yummy and so so so simple!
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
In sauce pan combine sweetened condensed milk, milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir to make sure condensed milk coats chocolate chips. Stir in pinch of salt. Put on stove and heat stirring frequently. When melted remove from heat. Add vanilla and walnuts. Stir to coat walnuts. Pour into foil lined pan and smooth out. Let fudge come to room temperature then put in refrigerator for three hours. Remove from pan, cut and serve. Enjoy!