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.
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.
One down, 24 fun activities to go!
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…