I know I should, but I don't have the energy to put these photos in chronological order today. I'm getting caught up, so I'm going to ride the productivity wave and just knock out 2012. It's all here, but not in order.
An Elf on the Shelf came to live with us this holiday season. The head elf, Adam, sent him to us. It was quite a surprise to all the Brand women . We woke up one morning and he was here. Reporting for duty. Elfie, as Kenly named him, is quite the mischievous little fellow.
Corah and Kenly got to open two presents from Nana and Papa. Each of the presents was made with love. Papa made each of the girls a music box. Kenly's box plays Amazing Grace and Corah's plays You Are My Sunshine. Nana made each of the girls a blanket. Kenly's was made of princess material, and Corah's is a beautiful butterfly print. While they were down for the visit, they coaxed Corah into taking her first steps while I was at Bible study. They used the box Corah's music box was wrapped in and shred of wrapping paper to tempt her. Corah really started walking distances on the 26th of December. I was almost right in my prediction. She was taking a step or two before Christmas, but she really decided she like moving in the upright position the day after Christmas.
Kenly and I decided to work through The Truth in the Tinsel this year. I thought about attempting a Jesse Tree, but most of the biblical passages that accompanied the ornaments were beyond Kenly still. So, I found this and we did all but three ornaments. Kenly had a blast making all of the ornaments, and by the end of the 24 day project, she could tell me the prophecy of Christ's birth, all of the characters involved, and the whole nativity story. We made these ornaments as part of the program. These are cinnamon spice ornaments, and they smell heavenly. We made them to help remind Kenly of the gifts that the wise men brought to baby Jesus. I wish I had a picture of all the ornaments or a picture from each day that we made one or two, but I didn't always have the camera close enough to capture the action.
Santa came at some point. He left all kinds of goodies for the girls.
He left a stocking for everyone in the house. I guess we all made it on the nice list.
Kenly wanted to help everyone open their stockings. Pops let her help pull everything out.
Each stocking contained a NC scratch off ticket. Corah got to help Daddy with her very first lottery ticket. Believe it or not, Santa picked three winners. The Brand family won a whopping $5.00 total.