This weekend was full of holiday cheer. We spent Saturday around the house and when Max woke up, he and I did a Christmas craft - painting a candy cane. He loves to paint, so we put his easel out on the back porch, gave him some red paint, a sponge and brush and he was content forever (side note - forever to a toddler and one's parents is about 45 minutes). There's actually one more step, which is to glue cotton "stripes"on the painted cane, but he doesn't love glue - he hates the feeling of it on his hands, so we just left that step out. Then, he got to EAT his first candy cane, which he loved! When the candy cane dried, we threw it up on the tree.
On Sunday, we invited over a few friends to decorate gingerbread houses. We had a lot of fun! We quickly realized that the little ones should just play with a 2-D cookie (i.e. one side of the house) because the adults could barely put together one of the houses. Maximo did more eating then decorating, and got frustrated with the Hershey kiss wrapper and decided that it wasn't going to get in the way of his chocolate, so in his mouth it went. Luckily a friend's child let me know and we fished foil out of Max's mouth.
2 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (in the crib)
It was a fun afternoon with a full house of Christmas cheer balanced with chaos (11 kids worth of mayhem)- isn't that what the holidays are all about?