I love this time of year. One of my friends fellow bloggers, Claudia, recently posted something similar - about how much fun it is to see your children come home from school (or in some cases pre-school) with all sorts of homemade projects. And she's right - the random assortment of papers cut and glued and decorated into various holiday decorations have become some of my most prized posessions.
Take this one for example - this would be James' "gingerbread" house. His awesome preschool teachers devised a way for the kids to make a house out of a kleenex box - covered with icing and decorated with love with all sorts of sweets and confections.
James was very proud - despite his fat lip from a mishap at a birthday party the day before - one of those dreaded bounce-house places where he always comes home with some sort of injury.
Of course Anna had to get in on the photo-op - and thankfully James adores her and allows her to be a part of his pictures. Ha! I do have to pause a moment and point out Anna's shirt. That's not just any shirt - nope - it's a special shirt she gets to wear on Tuesdays - that would be the day her class Skypes with NASA astronauts in Houston. Her teacher was one of a few selected across the country to participate in a zero-G program. It's pretty cool. Wanna know what's even cooler? Anna designed the patch that the kids and teachers are wearing for this project. Our little resident artist.
Speaking of Anna-art - she also came home with a pile of holiday creations. Her first grade class took a trip around the world, visiting the other first-grade classrooms, which were transformed into different countries, to learn about how they celebrate Christmas.
I miss first grade.
And not to be left out, Jack insisted I take a photo of him one morning, chowing down on his favorite breakfast treat - powdered sugar 'do nos.'