Right after Thanksgiving our elf Marble returned and the boys were so excited to see him again. Our elf is mostly well behaved and he never gets into too much trouble. He usually just hides in places around the house. There were a few nights that he did forget to change up his hiding spot but the boys didn't seem to mind. He followed us over to Granddaddy and Grammy's house one night and all the way to Alabama with help from the map Andrew drew him.
We bought our Christmas tree on Black Friday this year. We went with a real one as our artificial one has seen better days and can be so frustrating to get it to stand straight.
On the 1st we started our Advent readings. This has been something I have always wanted to do and this year I prepared so I had everything I needed to start on time. We used the boy's Jesus Storybook Bible and did a story each day. After the story we would hang an ornament with a symbol of the story on our little Jesse tree in the entryway. We all enjoyed this activity and the boys never let me forget about reading from their story for the day.
On the 11th I went with my mom's group to paint pottery and loved it so much I took the boys back the next night. My dad and Ellen came along too thank goodness, that trip would have been impossible without them. The big boys painted ornaments and I made a mug for myself with their hand, foot and finger prints.
On the 18th Andrew had his school performance. He was a wise man and the show was just precious. That night Andrew and Owen performed in the preschool choir at church during the church wide Christmas supper. They both sang but neither looked too thrilled during the performance. Owen got off stage a few times to give me kisses. It was sweet, I just wish Perry could have been there to see it.