Friday, December 26, 2014


For the past couple years we've given the kids their stockings the day after Christmas. They had a fun time opening everything. I made Malcolm a wolf finger puppet and Jane a polar bear one, of course!

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Malcolm worked on a lego set he got for Christmas!

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We spent Christmas with Grammy, Nana, Uncle Abe, Uncle Ben, Aunt Amy and cousin Reagan. It was a great day!

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I made dip with cheese, sundried tomatoes and pesto.

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Lunch was delicious. Reagan likes to sit in between Jane and Malcolm!

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Malcolm made himself look very fancy.

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Anna received a basketball outfit!

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The kids have been talking about this lego set for months. They were so happy they got it!

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Peabody Essex Museum

The day before Christmas we spent a few hours at the Peabody Essex Museum.

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Photography wasn't allowed at the Calder exhibit. It was amazing, though!

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We also enjoyed the Nathaniel Gould furniture exhibit.

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The museum wasn't crowded at all so we spent a long time there, and we saw almost everything.

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Jane's favorite part was reading books!

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last night of Hanukkah

It was also pajama day at school and the last day before vacation.

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Malcolm got Bumblebee!

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Jane got a watch!

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

more Hanukkah

Jane and Malcolm opened new pjs on the fifth night!

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Nana, Rayna and Samara visited on the sixth night - except it was during the day!

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Jane's dolls got the cutest little menorah!

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At night the kids had a great time coloring Malcolm's new cape!

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Friday, December 19, 2014

beginning of Hanukkah

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We're having a good Hanukkah so far! On the first night the kids got books. Jane got a book about polar animals and Malcolm got a Dinotrux book.

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The next day I made Hanukkah cookies. Those got eaten up fast!

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I was worried the kids wouldn't be excited about new clothes but they promptly put them on and pretended they were at a wedding.

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The next night, Hanukkah Harry brought some gin from the Berkshires to Mom and Dad.

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Again I was worried they would think new sheets were boring, but they played all kinds of games with them.

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I finished a knit menorah wall hanging. The kids can touch these candles - they go in and out of the pockets!

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2014 gingerbread house

Our gingerbread house was a team effort! Nate used the same recipe as last year but he figured out a new way to cut it to make the house bigger and have no scraps. I did the frosting.

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The kids helped put candy all over it (and ate just a little)!

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Once again it served as Susie's birthday cake!

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train show

The kids were excited to see a train show at the Museum of National Heritage in Lexington! They brought their cameras and took photos and videos of the trains.

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They wanted to pose with George Washington.

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Last weekend we went to the library to do some crafts. First the kids made cars.

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Then they made birds that can peck.

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This is Malcolm's.

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The kids made marble runs and that was Malcolm's favorite activity!

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They also made bears that pop out of a package. This is Malcolm's.

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At home on another day the kids mixed shaving cream with paint to make some marbled paper. They really just wanted to rub shaving cream on their hands!

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