1. Not sure if Brody was compeltely into the Christmas spirit but he sure loved all the attention he got at the Baran's! He did sport an outfit for maybe 30 minutes and then it was off and bandana back on. Hey parents....jsut a suggestion...yorkies make great family dogs, stay small, don't bite, rarely yap (unless you let them) and give a handful of wet kisses. Go grab one...you wont be disappointed. They also say dogs encourage, stimulate and nurture the well being of children....just saying.
2. Whats better than matching outfits....matching jammies! This has become somewhat of a tradition when we do Christmas with the Baran's. The guys get matching shirts (with coordinating pants) and this year, the gals wore these incredibly silly onesies (which were surprisingly ultra comfortable). So a very Merry Christmoose to you all!
3. December has many meanings for me...one that probably sticks out the most would be baking cookies with my mom. From crecsent cookies to mocha balls to simple chocolate chip cookies...it was a time of fellowship/love/and memories in the making. I wanted to let Tatum help me make some snowflake sugar cookies and they turned out delicious! She helped me turn the oven on and press the cookie cutter into the dough. Simple activities nurturing her little mind and allowing her to feel independent are all vital in our daily routines. What do you like to make with your littles or ones you caretake?!“
"Baking and love go hand in hand, for as one bakes a tasty treat and fills the room with its sweet aroma, the true joy is to take what has been made and share it with another.”
― Heather Wolf, Kipnuk Has a Birthday
4. Crafting has become a large part of our daily activities enabling Tatum to use her imagination, explore sensory objects and give mom and dad a sweet gift at the end of the day. We made two of these reindeer's using googly eyes, paint, construction paper, pom pom balls, and washable finger paint. Tatum loved getting her hands all "gooey" and making antlers for her reindeer. I helped put the glue on the eyes and she helped me place them side by side. I probably should have known her tiny feet would make a much smaller reindeer face...however the huge glitter pom pom balls are quite comical in my opinion. We daily incorporate a Montessori approach when it comes to shaping and teaching Tatum each day. So far it truly has given her a feeling of joy and accomplishment!