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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last Day of Chanukah

We had a fun Chanukah celebration with some friends for the Last Night of Chanukah
We made latkes
Hand print Menorahs out of clay
Chanukah picture frames
We even lit the Menorah and said a prayer
It was a lot of fun. We are so lucky to have such wonderful friends!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


we went to Zoomars one of the kids favorite places to go. The kids wanted to ride the train it was kind of funny Mikey ran straight for the Caboose while Kaia ran straight for the Engine. They both had their places they wanted to be.

The kids absolute favorite. Zoomars has two new animals the Zedonkey's a Zebra Donkey hybrid they are super friendly and really cute. the kids adored them and wanted to stay right near them.

the kids both rode the Horses.
It was pretty cool this was Mikey's first time where he actually rode the Horse. He has asked before and even gotten on but as soon as the Horse moved he always freaked out. this time he loved it and even did two laps.

They also fed the Bunnies and the Guinea pigs

Monday, December 26, 2011

Kwanzaa at Pretend City

We went to Pretend City for their Kwanzaa celebration and we learned all about Kwanzaa. Icompletely forgot to get a picture of the kids art projects and then we left them there. But if you look in the bottom corner of the Picture above you can see it. The kids made Unity cloth picture by painting their fingers different colors and then criss crossing their handprint designs
They got to hear a story about the Principles of Kwanzaa and about Unity and working together.
and of course they did their fun Pretend City activities that they love doing every time we attend. Pretend City really is their absolute favorite place to go.
Kaia ready to be a Doctor

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas at Papa and Grandma Shelly's

We went to Grandma Shelly and Papa's house for Christmas to exchange gifts. We had a lot of fun hanging out and playing with the kids new gifts Mikey got a drum set and a nerf gun which he instantly started playing with. Everyone was pelted with nerf darts. Kaia got some books for her Tag Reading system and a Littlest Pet Shop Bakery which she adores and plays with constantly!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Snowman Soup

I am going to be making snowman soup kits for everyone from now on. Isn't that so cute. It looks like a metal spoon but its actually plastic and just looks like metal with chocolate and crushed candy cane melted into the spoon. the kit also contains hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and hershey kisses.
Mikey received some adorable gloves and a matching hat from his Aunt Punkin
And Kaia got some fancy gloves and a lovely necklace that she has not taken off since getting them
We had some delicious snacks to go along with our Snowman soup
Kaia mixing her snowman soup with a candy cane
adding marshmallows
She had just added her chocolate kiss
Aunt Punkin had a poem she recited to the kids before we started making our snowman soup
We had an absolutely wonderful time and I am so glad it has become one of our Holiday traditions.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chanukah at Pretend City

We went to pretend City for their Chanukah celebration and it was fantastic! We got the chanceto sign up for the Olive Press class. So the kids got to learn about Chanukah and they got to make Olive Oil and see it used to light a Menorah.
The Rabbi who led the demonstration was phenomenal he made the stories and the demonstration so lively and interesting both kids loved every moment of it.
Kaia got to help make the Olive Oil in her little test tube.

The table with the olive press. the kids actually chose the best olives to put into the press and then they saw the olive juice come out. As well as seeing the exact process as to how olives turn into olive oil.
There was also a great Chanukah craft in the Cineplex. My only complaint was that the Olive Press class was set at the same time as the Chanukah craft in the Cineplex so we only got to do a little bit of the craft before going into the Olive Press Class. It would have been nice if they were at separate times so we would have been able to do both.
The art studio had two great art projects Kaia chose to paint a HUGE Menorah
While Mikey partook in a Foam Dreidel craft
And of course we did all the fun other Pretend City activities like visiting the Dentist Office (the kids favorite)
And petting the baby Chicks.