Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Miscellany

**LOOK! Our baby is one year old and I finally got a 
picture in my blog header that includes her! 
Do you like it?**

This year for our family Christmas picture I really wanted to have a lovely, old-fashioned style picture.

Snow on pine tree boughs, everyone smiling beautifully while wearing their winter coats, standing in the pristine white snowdrifts.

One difficulty, other than the fact that we live in Texas, is that it's hard to schedule a time with a photographer when all the kids are looking presentable (and their parents) and the baby's not sleeping.

I also really wanted to include at least one of our animals in the picture.

But, look, it turned out perfectly!

Alrighty then. So this year it's just a threat. But next year, if our Christmas pictures don't start turning out better, we're going with the LEGO version!

If you were on the receiving end of our Christmas postcards this year...

Yes, you can see John's hand holding the remote camera clicker. Yes, it looks like I'm fake laughing. Yes, I should have spent more time on my girls' hair. And my own. And, yes, my 5yo in the front row (the one in the Creation Museum Mastodon shirt) looks like he's having gastro-intestinal issues. But other than that, it's a great picture!

Despite the continued failures of decent Toliver family pictures, we still love Christmas around here. John joyfully passed on his duties as "assembler of fake Christmas tree" to the children.

Mannheim Steamroller, interspersed with Handel's Messiah, was playing in the background, while the 3yo joyfully sang along (yes, I realize Mannheim Steamroller is instrumental, but you've never heard my 3yo's rendition!)...

The older kids were happily decorating the tree...

And the baby was happily destroying our Bible verse memory cards. 

I blog, okay? I had to take a picture before I stopped her.

Plus, here she was, rather ironically, eating Psalm 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer." (NASB, although the version may be a little questionable now that the card has been chewed on)

In our pre-children days, I spent hours and hours decorating for Christmas and generally spent too much money on it. Now, the kids do most of the decorating and our tree is covered with kid crafts and LEGO ornaments. It's a lot more enjoyable this way!

Here are a few craft ideas I found for this year:




My idea of a good Christmas craft is one that requires basic things like tissue paper, buttons, and pipe cleaners and the kids can complete them without much supervision! 
(The above are all pinned on my Pinterest page if you are curious.)

Remember to sign up for the Seed Sowers: Gospel-Planting Adventures giveaway
on my book blog!

Any Christmas craft ideas you'd like to share?
How about ideas for taking the perfect (albeit unrealistic) 
holiday family picture with eight kids? Anyone?


Stephen Gross said...

Wait you have a 1yo? What is her name? (lol-Just kidding.) Love the LEGO family and Mannheim Steamroller!
Your oldest has really grown-looks like he is a little taller than you now and quickly on his way to John's height! Have a Blessed Christmas from the Gross Family!

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Izzie, Mac & Me said...

Great family picture! Stopping by from the TOS blog linky. I'm your newest follower.

Natasha said...

I'm so tempted to do the LEGO picture and we only have two kids! Ha ha ha!

Karyn Tripp said...

I love your lego family picture!!!

Dawn said...

What a wonderful post - enjoyed several giggles, thank you! Stopping by from the Blog Cruise.

Meg said...

I love the Lego idea! That's totally our speed! With five kids, sometimes I'll call it "good enough" if they're all in the frame! And I'd have gotten the camera first, too!

Stopping by from the Blog Cruise -- thanks for sharing!!

Conversaving said...

I am cruising tonight and stopped by. What a great insight into your family. Family photo ops are very difficult. I checked out your book on Amazon. Sounds just like something our family would love. Added it to my wishlist.

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