Twelve Day Experiment-Day 5

Hello Friends,

Sweetie shared a lovely little thought with me this evening: “I love spending time with friends and family”. Such a simple, wonderful thought came on the heels of a dinner with two other families, both neighborhood and school friends.

This is one friend with the girls on the skating rink (again with the WinterFest pics). When they were at the house, she and the other friend hid from my camera. Such are kindergartners.

They have siblings, and Cricket played happily without trying to keep up with the older kids all afternoon. Everyone played together well, so it was great.

The girls got to hang and play, Wife and I got to enjoy adult conversations. This is the peer support that parents relish. Good food and time spent with friends made for an excellent afternoon – one of those Christmas gifts that doesn’t come wrapped in a box with fancy paper and a bow.

Twelve Day Experiment-Day 4

Hello Friends,

Another late night, “buzzer-beater” post. Apparently “my true love” wasn’t dealing with weekends when he/she was giving gifts. So, yeah, I’m having a harder time with this challenge than I thought.

Today we are going to go in a different direction while still sharing our holiday time activities.

Princesses? In December? Yes! Sweetie attended a princess-themed Birthday Party today, celebrating a school friend’s 6th Birthday. Dresses were provided and princess makeovers happened complete with lipgloss, blush and nail polish. What?!? On my little girl?!? Heh, only until Sunday night-thank you dress code!

So the venue was all princess-fabulous and the girls loved it. Anna and Elsa joined the party and led the games and songs and singing and sing-a-longs. The Birthday girl was beaming and Sweetie had a blast…or maybe a “ball” (again with the missed opportunity to be witty).

So why show Birthday Party pics today? Well, as all the Dads out there can tell you, this will happen to you when you own daughters. The specifics might vary (we have a unicorn spa party next week) but you will find yourself in this situation. I may not go full wig and dress like the banking commercial, but overall I am alright with a princess party for my girls. Additionally, we here at the detour know that Christmas is all about Jesus’ Birthday, but we recognize that other people have Birthdays too. Those of you who know us (namely me) know where I’m going with this. So be sure to celebrate your December Birthdays accordingly.

So I hope you had as sparkly and fabulous of a day as we did. Malls? Crowds? Not for me, not today.

Twelve Day Experiment-Day 3

Hello Friends,

It’s getting late in the day, and you may have worried that I was going to fail my challenge on just the third day. No worries though, here we are. We just ran a bit late with swim lessons and meeting Wife for dinner and watching “Elf on the Shelf” videos and bath time and such. Two photos today; here’s our opening shot:

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You know, looking at this picture this big makes me think that’s a whole lotta Cricket and a whole lotta Santa. More like, “Whoa, whoa, whoa!”. I guess this post really should have been yesterday’s post. Second Day of Christmas, two turtle doves, two pictures of Santa – the correlation would have been witty, no? Oh well.

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Clearly two different Santas from two different venues. Cricket couldn’t tell the difference, or really didn’t care. When she first glimpsed Santa this year she would not go near him. After a day, though, she was all about him. While I think she liked seeing Santa, she used the visits to reiterate to him exactly what she would like to see under the tree. It’s been great seeing her get into the holiday spirit and embrace the different symbols. And thankfully she asked Santa for some troll toys, not a pony or a yacht or a Red Rider b-b gun.

I hope your week is ending well. Our girls spent some time at Santa’s Workshop today at school and were showing signs of fatigue come bed time. The next week and a half might be a bit trying, but hey, ’tis the season!

Twelve Day Experiment-Day 2

Hello Friends,

I’m not sure if yesterday’s post, explaining this challenge, went up okay or not . I may have posted it right before this entry. Anyway, here’s our Day 2 submission.

Yep, another picture from WinterFest. After spending a considerable amount of the weeknd there, you bet I’m going to use every last picture from the event.

Our holiday prep and seasons’ festivities continue. I hope yours is going well.

Twelve Day Experiment-Day 1

Hello Friends,

I’m going to give myself a “Twelve Days of Christmas” challenge, attempting to post at least a picture of the girls every day until Christmas. This serves many purposes: First, it forces me to pay attention to the blog during this busy season. Second, it ends the year with a bunch of posts and content. Third, it gives you all a big dose of what you want – pictures of the girls! So here we go:

This is Cricket attempting to skate at the St. Viator WinterFest. And learning once again how hard it can be to run with the big girls (Sweetie and a friend are skating just out of the shot).

We all hope your holiday season is going well so far. I’ll share more of our holiday adventures tomorrow, but now it’s time to wrap some gifts!

All She Wants…

Hello Friends,

Christmas songs have been on the airwaves since Halloween, but one in particular has caught our attention this season. After much wiggling, Sweetie lost her third tooth-top row, front left.

I know the song says that all she wants is her two front teeth, but she’s pretty excited anyway. And get this, when asked how much she thought she would get from the tooth fairy she said, “I’m not going to put this under my pillow. I want to keep all my baby teeth.” Lucky us?

One Dad-note from this situation: Wife and I were convinced this tooth was coming out last week so I tried pulling on it on two different nights. Feeling unsuccessful and unsure of my technique, I consulted the internet. On more than one page it said that teeth will come right out when they are ready. And when it was time that tooth fell right out, just from Sweetie playing with it and the adult tooth pushing from underneath. So if you’re not sure that your little ones’ wiggly tooth is ready to come out, be patient. Maybe even contact their dentist for advice.

So, thirteen days to go? We’ll see how festive that other tooth is feeling. Oh, and “PS”, it’s not really all she wants!