Wednesday night was our last AWANA night of 2014, and it was family night. The kids received their weekly awards and attendance awards. They each sang their song. Pastor Matt brought a short message. Then we went to the fellowship hall for goodies and an Operation Christmas Child slide show and update.
This morning the boys and I went to the Parks Mall for Adventure to Santa. This is a new Santa experience at the mall. I really had no idea what to expect even after looking at the information they had online. I made a reservation online last night. We went through the adventure with another family of three that had a baby boy. Shrek and Donkey were a part of the adventure too through video. We started by taking a family picture with Shrek, and they gave us our passport. Then we entered Santa's house, but Santa was missing. The elf took us into another room, and the boys designed their own sleighs on a computer. Then the elf took us into the sleigh room, and we rode a sleigh to the North Pole. It was kind of like a mini Omni theater. When we reached the North Pole, we went through customs where another elf stamped our passport. Then the boys went in to see Santa and visit with him. It was nice because they took one family in at a time. While we were visiting Santa, the other family was checking the Naughty or Nice list. Santa was so friendly, chatted with boys, and asked them lots of questions. Then we stepped through the magic portal door, and were back in the mall. They had a gift shop of DreamWorks merchandise where you wait for your pictures. I was not prepared for that. Meaning I was not prepared to say no to extras, so the boys both walked away with a cup each. Overall, it was a fun experience that the boys enjoyed. It was nice not to wait in a long line, and to have some private time with Santa without everyone staring at you.
Logan's program at UME was the same night as Lucas's program at PAW. Joshua went to Logan's concert. Miss Leah gave Logan and Grammie a ride to the concert. Then Joshua met them there. This is the first Christmas school concert Joshua has been able to make, and Logan was so excited I think it made up for the disappointment of Mommy not being there.
They opened with 1st through 4th grades singing "Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace). Logan's class sang "Kling, Glocken, Kling (Ring, Little Bells, Ring) and "A La Nanita Nana". Then 3rd and 4th grade sang, "Christmas Time is Here". The concert ended with Kindergarten through 4th grade singing "Peace Before Us". Joshua said they sounded wonderful, and Logan looked so happy up on stage singing.
I'm so thankful that Joshua was able to be at Logan's concert this year!
Last Monday night Logan and Lucas both had their school Christmas programs. I went to Lucas's, and Joshua went to Logan's. Lucas's program was more like a worship service, and I loved that! All the kids sang "Not Ashamed". Lucas was so serious singing, "I'm not ashamed to say the name of Jesus! Jesus!" I loved it! Then his class sang, "How Could It Be a Silent Night". Then the singing portion ended with all the kids singing, "Silent Night". Lucas was so cute during his performances. After the student's performed, they had a short Christmas message. Then we went outside, and they had a live nativity with real animals. Lucas was very excited to see the animals, but he didn't want to go in the pen with them. I'm sad that I couldn't be there for Logan's performance, but I'm glad I was able to spend some special time with Lucas.
To celebrate Logan's last day of school and the end of finals, the boys made Christmas trees today. We tinted vanilla frosting green. Then they spread the green frosting all over ice cream cones and they added candy decorations. It was sticky and messy. They loved every minute of it. We decorated the trees in place of making gingerbread houses. I just wasn't feeling the gingerbread house this year. And they were just as happy making the trees.