Advent calendar day 1, plus zombies!

Last year I got a great idea from Andrea over at A Peek Inside the Fishbowl. While kids enjoy those one-chocolate-a-day Advent calendars, they aren’t exactly what memories are made of. Instead she suggested a homemade Advent calendar with fun family activities inside to help create fun memories over the holiday period. I really liked the idea because the weeks leading up to Christmas go so quickly what with the rushing around and everything else.

Tis the season

I made the envelopes up out of scrapbooking paper and other odds and ends, and I created a master list of activities. Like Andrea, I only put the activity in the night before so that I can pick the right thing at the right time. For example, one activity is to decorate the tree. I’d rather not do that on a busy week day so we’ll save that for the weekend. Another activity is to make a snowman but I’ll keep that one for a day when I know we’re supposed to get snow.

It was a hit last year so it’s up again; in fact it was the first decoration I had put up. I figured that since I’m doing Holidailies – the blogging project where you blog daily (or almost daily) throughout the holiday period, it would be fun to keep a record of our activities.

I’m still not feeling 100% (far from it) so it wasn’t the day for a brisk hike in the woods or anything strenuous. As a result the first activity from our calendar was to paint fingernails and toenails. That’s always a success with my girls (I decided not to do mine today and George refused).

I went with a pearly white on their fingernails (which I didn’t get on camera) and then I used a neon pink nail pen to draw swirls on top. For their toes I went a little wilder and put a festive green then drew a pink flower on each big toe.

Advent day one - nails!

One down, 24 fun activities to go!

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Being a big fan of zombies lately, I found this site that offers ecards to send to other zombie fans. Giggling, I sent this one to George:

Since we’re both geeks we have a habit of using Skype to chat from, you know, down the hall. This was our exchange after he received the card.

[9:07:22 PM] George Carter: Thanks for the ecard it is really cute. I hope you don’t become more of a zombie than you already are.
[9:07:38 PM] Sherry Osborne: oh go fuck yourself :)
[9:07:52 PM] George Carter: see what I mean
[9:08:13 PM] Sherry Osborne: if i was a zombie i wouldn’t say that, i would just rip your throat out and eat your brains
[9:08:39 PM] George Carter: since you are not a zombie, eat my ass
[9:08:58 PM] Sherry Osborne: alrighty then.

Yes, this really IS what it’s like in our home. All the time.

But at least he sent me this one in return. I think it’s a compliment.

It IS a compliment, right? RIGHT?

Oh hell, where’s my zombie survival manual…

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11 thoughts on “Advent calendar day 1, plus zombies!

  1. That is such a practical solution for an Advent calendar. I’ve always seen the type with little windows. I like the big model. Way to go.
    Go get him brainy. lol
    Love it.

  2. Holy smokes! Your girls toes are IDENTICAL!!! (the one on the right has a little bit bigger space between her big toe and second toe which I would think is part of the age – my 11 year old has a bit of a gap here too.)

    but, I’ve looked at my toes and my daughter’s and son’s toes – totally different. TOTALLY different.. these sets of toes – the same… cool… (it’s been a long day – excuse this post…)

  3. This reminds me of an episode from the “Gilmore Girls”. It’s great to have such a close relationship with the girls.

  4. This idea is soooo much better than candy! I’ve been looking for healthier options for an advent calendar for my daughter, but this may be the way to go instead for us!

    I randomly found your blog while I was searching for something else. If you’d ever like to write for a volunteer international mothers blog, come check us out! http://www.worldmomsblog.com

    Veronica Samuels :)

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  6. This idea is soooo much better than candy! I’ve been looking for healthier options for an advent calendar for my daughter, but this may be the way to go instead for us! I randomly found your blog while I was searching for something else. If you’d ever like to write for a volunteer international mothers blog, come check us out! http://www.worldmomsblog.com Veronica Samuels :)