Princess Kate Turns One!

Today is one month from Noah’s 4th birthday!! He’s been planning the “theme” for months and has been talking about his party since his last birthday! I realized this week as we’ve been thinking more about his birthday, that I completely missed posting about Kate’s first birthday!

So…3 months later, here it is!

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Birthday Treats!

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Strawberry cupcakes by Mimi & Aunt Emily

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Growing all the time!

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Some of our favorite photos of Kate

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Lemonade & Raspberry Lemonade

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Time with Gigi & Da

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Pretty Girl!

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Enjoying our delicious meal!

BBQ from Back Door BBQ in OKC and sides made by Mimi & Emily

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Cooper even joined the party!

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Present time!

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Loving her handmade family book (and clothes!) from Mimi

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Cake!

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We had a wonderful time celebrating our little sunshine!!

Invitation, banner, and cupcake toppers designed by BungleHouseDesigns. All other decorations purchased from Hobby Lobby or made by us!

Katherine – 12 Months

 

 

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Our precious little girl is a year old!!! It seems like we have just recently finished the “toddler phase” with Noah, and now we are embarking on it again! We fall more and more in love with her each day, and are just in awe of how blessed we are to have this sweet, loving, and often spunky, little princess in our lives!

 
This month she learned to:
Walk confidently while holding on to furniture
Stand for a little longer on her own
Bend down to pick things up while standing
Make a pouty face (and oh my goodness it’s adorable!) 
Explore more words and sounds
Give hugs, especially to baby dolls and our cats
She now has 7 teeth (4 on top, 3 on bottom)
Wave
 
 
Things she says:
Mama
Dada
Hi
ByeBye
Kitty
Noah (I’ve heard it once or twice or at least something similar!) 
Lots and lots of motor/buzzing sounds…constantly! 

 

 

Her favorite things this month:
Eating (anything and everything! she’s not picky!)
Standing
Walking 
Baths (she gets excited when she hears the water turn on!)
Swimming/Playing in water
Cats 
Tickling
Waving and saying bye
Drinking water
Taking things out of baskets, bags, etc. 
Exploring everything
Puzzles
Opening and closing cabinets, drawers, and doors
Checking out the cat food and water
Playing with shoes – Noah’s velcro ones are a favorite
Picking up the tiniest things she sees
Tearing kleenex and napkins
Taggies blanket and baby doll
Stickers – taking them off of things
Books! 
Singing! She starts to sing as soon as she hears music of any kind
Dancing
Playing the piano
Playing with remotes or anything with buttons
Facetime and getting to hold the iPad or iPhone
Grandparents and great-grandparents
Watching Noah show off – she just adores her big brother! 
Laying on her tummy in bed and playing peek a boo with bumper pads (with Dad & Noah in the mornings)
Sitting in her little car or in her brother’s car
Stroller rides
Being outside, especially on breezy days
Car keys
Daddy’s sunglasses
Daddy’s guitar
Friends
Peek a boo
 
 
Things she hates this month:
When Noah takes something away from her
Being put in her highchair and made to wait on food
Sitting for too long when she wants to stand
Teething
Missing naps
Being checked out by the doctor
 
  
Her sizes this month:
22 lbs, 12 oz (90th percentile for weight)
29 in. tall (50th percentile for height)
One Size cloth diaper covers with “purple” prefolds, Size 3 disposables
12, 12-18  month clothes
 
 
New places she has been this month:
Graduation parties for babysitters/friends
New park
NW Texas Surgical Center to have her upper lip tie fixed
Not many other new places! 
 
 
Her Schedule:
7:15 / 7:30 a.m. – Wake up, Nurse
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Nap
11:30 / 12:00  – Nurse, Wake time
12:15 p.m. – Lunch
2:00 p.m. – Nap
3:15 p.m. – Nurse, Wake time
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
6:45 / 7:00 p.m. Bath, Nurse, Stories
7:15 / 7:30 p.m. – Bedtime
 
 
 
 
Favorite Photos: 
 
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Exploring the Kitchen Cabinets
 
 
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Pulling towels down (I remember Noah enjoying this game too!) and checking out the rug
 
 
 
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Manicure time!🙂 (for mommy)
 
 
 
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Fun with balloons
 
 
 
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The small pieces of nectarine were not enough…she wanted the whole thing
 
 
 
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Checking out the cat water
 
 
 
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Reading time
 
 
 
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Fun at the doctor’s office
 
 
 
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Peek a boo!! 
 
 
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Duet partners for life! 
 
 
 
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First time swimming/playing in the pool
 
 
 
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Before her lip tie procedure
 
 
 
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Sneak peek of 1st Birthday Party! (More to come later!)
 
 

Katherine – 11 Months

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I absolutely cannot believe that we are working on planning a first birthday party for Kate. It has just flown by! I am amazed daily at how much she changes and learns. She is so smart, and I am always surprised by how much she remembers and understands! 

 

This month she learned to:
Perfect the hiney scoot
Walk while holding on to furniture, a push toy, or someone’s hands
Stand for a few seconds on her own
High five
Explore more words and sounds
Express herself when something doesn’t go her way (basically she learned to throw a little fit)
Eat ice cream! (just a little teeny bit!) 
Take more of an interest in other babies
Open cabinets and drawers
Do the “motions” to “Open Them Shut Them”
She now has 6 teeth (4 on top, 2 on bottom)
 
 
 
Things she says:
Mama
Dada
Hi
Lots and lots of motor/buzzing sounds…constantly! 

 

Her favorite things this month:
Eating
Clapping
Standing
Walking with help
Baths
Cats 
Tickling
Taking things out of baskets, bags, etc. 
Exploring everything
Talking and being talked to
Playing with shoes – Noah’s velcro ones are a favorite
Picking up the tiniest things she sees
Tearing kleenex and napkins
Taggies blanket and baby doll
Books! 
Singing! She starts to sing as soon as she hears music of any kind
Dancing
Playing the piano
Grandparents and great-grandparents
Watching Noah show off – she just adores her big brother! 
Sitting in her little car or in her brother’s car
Stroller rides
Being outside, especially on breezy days
Car keys
Daddy’s sunglasses
Daddy’s guitar
Other babies
Pulling her socks off (and Noah’s too)
 
 
 
Things she hates this month:
When Noah takes something away from her
Being put in her highchair and made to wait on food
Bananas
Sitting for too long when she wants to stand
Not much else…she’s pretty easy and happy most of the time! 
 
 
 
Her sizes this month:
21 lbs
One Size cloth diaper covers with “purple” prefolds, Size 3 disposables
12 month clothes
 
 
 
New places she has been this month:
Park
Feldmann’s Diner in Canyon (to meet our new pastor and family!)
“Big church” for baby dedication
 
 
 
Her Schedule:
7:15 / 7:30 a.m. – Wake up, Nurse
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Nap
11:30 / 12:00  – Nurse, Wake time
12:15 p.m. – Lunch
2:00 p.m. – Nap
3:15 p.m. – Nurse, Wake time
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
6:45 / 7:00 p.m. Bath, Nurse, Stories
7:15 / 7:30 p.m. – Bedtime
 
 
 
 
Favorite Photos: 
 
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Easter 2014
 
 
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Love her sweet teeny feet!
 
 
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and Noah’s “cheese” smile
 
 
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Texan by birth but Okie at heart! 
 
 
 
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Loves being in Noah’s car…except she can only make it go backwards!! 
 
 
 
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Some of the many photos that Noah took of her with my phone
 
 
 
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The “no parents allowed” meeting between Noah & Kate
 
 
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Playing on the deck and making funny faces
 
 
 
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Mother’s Day & Family/Baby Dedication Day – I think her goal is to get out of that chair! 

Our Growing Family!

Last weekend, our family grew as we “adopted” a child through Compassion International. I have felt a calling to do this for quite awhile. In fact, I even wrote a post about it several years ago. Once I began reading about the organization through their website and blogs of several people who sponsor children through Compassion, I knew it was the organization I wanted to support and be involved in. I wanted to sponsor right away, but at the same time, I really had a desire to wait until Noah was old enough to understand what we were doing before sponsoring a child and also wanted to find a child close to Noah’s age so they could “grow up together.” We gave in several ways around the holidays, through both choosing gifts to give to others overseas and filling shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and I felt like Noah was able to start understanding a little of what we were doing and how we were using what God had blessed us with to serve others in need.

A couple of months ago, I saw a post on Facebook that the Compassion Experience would be in Amarillo soon. According to their website, through a 20 minute experience, you are able to “step out of your wold and into another culture…the sights and sounds of life in a poor, developing-world community will come alive as you journey with a child through the challenges of daily life.” I immediately knew this was our time and our opportunity. I debated for quite awhile about whether we should take kids or not but decided that if I wanted to sponsor a child as a family, we should all go through the experience together as a family. So, last Friday afternoon, we went to the Compassion Experience not knowing exactly what to expect and slightly nervous about how kids, especially Noah, would do! We were each given an iPod and a set of headphones (minus Kate…although she was very interested in mine!). Noah absolutely loves to wear headphones, so he was thrilled! I got the sense he was a little nervous as we began the experience, but he listened and took in all the sights as we heard and experienced the story of a girl who grew up in Uganda. Through her Compassion sponsorship she was able to afford to attend and excel in school and is even planning on coming to the states to attend college. Seeing the letters and cards she had kept from her Compassion sponsor was probably the most emotional part for me. The communication she had with the couple who had sponsored her was so precious to her. What a meaningful relationship! 

The final portion of the experience was a room filled with photos and information on children we could sponsor. God led us to a little boy, Raymond, from the Philippines. Raymond’s birthday is October 16, 2010 – he was born only 4 days after Noah. His favorite activities are playing with cars, singing, telling stories, and attending church activities….all favorites of Noah as well. We knew this sweet little boy needed to become a part of our family. Noah loves looking at his picture and talking about him and already has plans to send him stickers and a coloring book. We absolutely cannot wait to get to know him and watch him grow! What a blessing! 

 

Meet Raymond!!

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Katherine – 9 & 10 Months Old

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What a fun and precious little girl we have! I know I have said this before, but I love seeing her personality emerge more and more each month! She is just silly, easy going, and cannot get enough of exploring her world! 

 

This month she learned to:
Clap
Dance to music
Raise her hands in the air
Pull herself up from sitting while holding someone’s hands
Walk with assistance
Wave
Drink water from a sippy cup
Turn around on her hiney
Scoot on her hiney (she has no interest in crawling)
 
 
Things she says:
Bub/bubba (Noah)
Mamamamama (Mom)
Dadadadada (Dad – this one seems to come and go!)
Lots and lots of motor/buzzing sounds…constantly! 

 

Her favorite things this month:
Eating
Standing
Walking with help
Baths
Cats 
Singing during diaper changes, especially “Open Them, Shut Them”
Looking at herself and others in the mirror
Grabbing/Holding (and pulling) hair
Tickling
Talking and being talked to
Playing with shoes – Noah’s velcro ones are a favorite
Picking up the tiniest things she sees
Tearing kleenex and napkins
Taggies blanket
Her baby doll
Looking at and touching different textures and patterns, especially quilts from Gigi
Books! 
Singing! She starts to sing as soon as she hears music of any kind
Dancing
Playing the piano
Grandparents and great-grandparents
Watching Noah show off – she just adores her big brother! 
Meeting new people
Remote controls
Sitting in her little car or in her brother’s car
Stroller rides
Being outside
Car keys
Daddy’s sunglasses
Other babies
Pulling her socks off
 
 
 
Things she hates this month:
Ear infections
Teething (she has 4 teeth and some on the way)
Being put in her highchair and made to wait on food
Sitting for too long when she wants to stand
Her 3rd nap
Not much else…she’s pretty easy and happy most of the time! 
 
 
 
Her sizes this month:
20 lbs
One Size cloth diaper covers with “purple” prefolds, Size 3 disposables
9 month and 12 month clothes
 
 
 
New places she has been this month:
Saginaw / Ft. Worth to visit Grandma Dorothy
Joshua, TX to visit Lane Prairie Baptist Church
Broken Arrow, OK to visit Nana, Pawpaw, & Mamaw
 
  
 
Her Schedule:
7:15 / 7:30 a.m. – Wake up, Nurse
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast
10:00 a.m. – Nap
11:30 / 12:00  – Nurse, Wake time
12:15 p.m. – Lunch
1:45 / 2:00 p.m. – Nap
3:15 p.m. – Nurse, Wake time
6:00 p.m. – Dinner
6:45 / 7:00 p.m. Bath, Nurse, Stories
7:15 / 7:30 p.m. – Bedtime
 
 
 
 
Favorite Photos: 
 
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On a walk in the park near Grandma Dorothy’s house
For some reason, she really enjoyed her mouth open when out in the wind! 
 
 
 
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Playing the Piano at Grandma Dorothy’s 
 
 
 
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My kids take piano playing very seriously! 
 

 
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“Rowing boats” with Noah
 
 
 
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Playing with giant legos at the Discovery Center
 
 
 
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Fun with Noah and mirrors at the Discovery Center
 
 
 
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She ADORES book reading…and I love her little “ducky” lips she makes when she concentrates on reading. 
 
 
 
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Breakfast date with a friend! 
 
 
 
 
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This sign is very fascinating…makes photos a little difficult to capture!!
 
 
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Love!
 
 
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Shoes are so fun!!!
 
 
 
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And of course Noah needed to take a picture with her as well!
 

 

 

Katherine – 7 & 8 Months Old

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The holidays always seem to be a busy time for us, but I’m sure that’s true for many. We have done quite a bit of traveling in the last few months and have kept a pretty busy schedule. So again, I’m a little late in posting and am doing two months at a time. Sometimes, though, I’m amazed that I even get that much done! I am just in awe of and in love with our little “Princess Kate.” She is growing and changing way too fast for me! I hear so many parents say that it’s hard to keep up with “milestones” or changes in a second (or subsequent) child just because of simply having to divide your attention between two children. I seem to be enjoying and savoring the little things much more this time around. Maybe I know what to watch for and expect…maybe we’ve just slowed down a little…I’m not sure, but I’m loving seeing her explore and react to her world. 
 
 
This month she learned to:
Sit up steadily
Be in a “crawling position” when put on her tummy
Almost go from sitting to crawling position/tummy
Eat solid food
Grind her teeth – not pleasant to hear! (She has two top teeth and two bottom teeth)
Pass things from hand to hand
Make the “b” sound (“buh,” “baa,” & “bah”)
Say Buh-buh (and we are pretty confident she is talking about her “Bub” Noah)
Reach for people when she wants to be held
Play peekaboo – covers her face with a little blanket and pulls it away (or waits for someone else to) and then giggles
Pick up things with her thumb and first finger
Drink from a sippy cup (some…not her favorite thing yet!) 
 
 
Her favorite things this month:
Eating! She absolutely loves food! Favorites include avocados, sweet potatoes, carrots, blueberries,
beans, toast, cheese, pasta and more! She likes almost everything she tries! 
Standing – she almost can fully pull herself up
Baths
Her cats, especially Maddy who gives her more attention than Cooper! 
Singing during diaper changes, especially “Open Them, Shut Them”
Looking at herself and others in the mirror
Grabbing/Holding (and pulling) hair
Little tickles on her face, legs, and feet
Talking and being talked to
Her Wubanub pacifier
Taggies blanket
Her baby doll
Looking at and touching different textures and patterns, especially quilts from Gigi
Reading and turning the pages in books
Singing! She starts to sing as soon as she hears music of any kind
Shrieking with her brother
Visiting family
Watching Noah show off – she just adores her big brother! 
Putting anything and everything in her mouth
Meeting new people
Mommy & Daddy
Talking
Her Hands
Her Feet
Sophie giraffe
Spitting
Her silly big brother
 
 
Things she hates this month:
Throwing up and diarrhea…we all “shared” a stomach bug in January
Being put in her highchair and made to wait on food
Sitting for too long when she wants to stand
Shots
Not much else…she’s pretty easy and happy most of the time! 
 
 
 
Her sizes this month:
19 lbs 12 oz (at 7 months)
27 inches long
One Size cloth diaper covers with “purple” prefolds, Size 3 disposables
9 month and 12 month clothes
 
 
New places she has been this month:
Discovery Center
Amarillo Botanical Gardens
Looking at Christmas lights
Broken Arrow / Tulsa
And probably many other places!
 
  
 
Her Schedule:
7:15 / 7:30 a.m. – Wake up, Nurse
8:00 – Breakfast
 9:30 a.m. – Nap
11 a.m. – Nurse, Wake time
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 p.m. – Nap
3:00 p.m. – Nurse, Wake time
5:00 p.m. – Nap
5:45 / 6:00 p.m – Wake time
6:15 / 6:30 p.m. – Dinner
6:45 / 7:00 p.m. Bath, Nurse, Stories
7:30 p.m. – Bedtime
 
 
 
 
Favorite Photos: 
 
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Playing with Da at the Station
 
 
 
 
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She loved Christmas!! Wrapping paper, bows, and tissue paper are so much fun! 
 
 
 
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Boxes, too! 
 
 
 
 
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Merry Christmas from Noah & Kate!
 
 
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She loves her “Cat Stevens” from her great aunt Kathryn
 
 
 
 
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First foods! Apples!
 
 
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Close up!
 
 
 
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Popcorn and a Mathis Oil Company card from Da & Gigi
 
 
 
 
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Playing “make-up” with her cabbage patch doll from Mimi & Bop
 
 
 
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So glad her big brother could show her how to drink bath water! 
 
 
 
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First ponytail in her “Thunder Up” shirt from Mimi
 
 
 
 
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Poor sick baby when the stomach bug plagued our house! Fortunately, she didn’t have it too bad. 
 
 
 
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We don’t usually do big bows, but we had this as a “hand me down,” and it was too fun to pass up! 
 
 
 
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Green beans at a restaurant in Saginaw
 
 
 
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Checking out the snow and watching Noah play
 
 
 
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Enjoying her black beans and avocados! 
 
 
 
 
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I just adore her face in this photo. She was very lovingly glancing at her favorite person…her big brother! 

Bailey Family Advent 2013

When I realized how much Noah loved putting something on our “Thankful Tree” each day in the month of November, I thought he would enjoy an advent calendar even more for the month of December! Last year we read through the Jesus Storybook Bible advent reading plan with Noah and absolutely loved it. We decided to do the same again this year but to add an advent calendar as well to “help us get ready for Christmas,” as we told Noah. In all the busyness of December and the Christmas season, I wanted to make sure to take time to stop and do something special with Noah (and Kate sometimes too!) each day.

I looked at Pinterest, Etsy, and several other places for ideas for advent calendars and created my own based on what I saw. I bought a plain wooden frame from Hobby Lobby. I wrapped the frame in wrapping paper, duct taped some twine to the back of the frame, and then stapled on the red burlap.  I had every intention of modge podging the wrapping paper, but my lid was stuck to my modge podge and I couldn’t get it off. Plus, I was in a hurry and didn’t want to try! (So any tips for helping with that would be appreciated!!) I bought the little envelopes at Hobby Lobby as well and cut cardstock for my little cards inside the envelopes. (I noticed I could buy envelopes with pre-cut little cards, but it was a little more money, and I already had cardstock, so I cut my own with a paper cutter.) I wanted to find number stickers for my envelopes but was unable to find exactly what I wanted. Then, I had lofty dreams of making all my numbers with my cricut and cute holiday scrapbooking paper, but I just ran out of time. The finished product was pretty close to what I imagined in my head, so that’s always a good thing! We hung it by our dining room table so it would be in plain sight and we would remember it each day.

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I tried my hardest to document each day’s activities/events with photos, and while I managed to get most of them, some of them were a little harder to capture.

 Here’s what we did (in addition to the Jesus Storybook Bible readings):

December 1 – Unwrap and wear Christmas pjs 

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December 2 – Set out the nativity and talk about all the pieces

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(and of course the nativity was not complete without a helicopter)

December 3 – Lunch and a peppermint milkshake at Chick-fil-a

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December 4 – Choose a new Christmas book – We didn’t get a photo of his new book, but he chose Snowflakes Fall

December 5 – Give to someone else – He chose a pair of pjs at Carter’s to donate to the Pajama Program

December 6 – Take family Christmas photos

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December 7 – Discovery Center Breakfast with Santa & church small group Christmas party 

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December 8 – Unwrap and watch a Christmas movie 

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December 9 – Christmas tree hand painting

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December 10 – Unwrap a Christmas book to read

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(This was such a sweet book! It quickly became our favorite!)

December 11 – Christmas in the Gardens (Amarillo Botanical Garden) and LaDeeDa Music Jingle Jam

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December 12 – Learn a new Christmas song – We sang Jingle Bells with jingle bells. 

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December 13 – Candy Cane Day – Make a candy cane out of pipe cleaners and eat a candy cane

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December 14 – We actually didn’t do anything this day…Noah had a really rough (grumpy) day and no nap and so we skipped our activity

December 15 – Surprise trip to Mimi and Bop’s church for their kids Christmas musical

December 16 – Choose a new ornament for yourself and for sister – He chose Buzz Lightyear for himself and Baby’s First Christmas for his sister. 

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December 17 – Hot chocolate and christmas lights in pjs 

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December 18 – Snowman Day – Make a snowman picture and eat snowman pancakes

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December 19 – Make a ginger bread train (He also got to unwrap it.) – This was our 2nd day of potty training as well, so as an extra reward for doing so great, he got to stay up late, watch Polar Express, and have hot chocolate…it kind of turned into train day! 

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December 20 – Make and play with red and green playdough 

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December 21 – Bake and decorate cookies for teachers and friends at church 

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December 22 – Purchase a gift for someone in need through World Vision – He chose to purchase a Bible to be given to a child or adult and art/music instruction (including supplies, instruments, and lessons) for children. 

December 23 – Christmas party at the station (Mathis Oil Company – my grandparents’ business and one of Noah’s favorite places to visit!) 

December 24 – Make a snowman at Mimi and Bop’s house (Inside!)

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December 25 – Have a birthday party for Jesus! We made and decorated cupcakes and a cake and sang happy birthday to Jesus. 

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I think we all really enjoyed it all, and I’m looking forward to finding new things to do next year!