Christmas Memories of 2024

We attended a Christmas breakfast at the start of December with a big group of friends, moms and daughters, and our beloved friend/ adopted grandmother, Ms. Beverlie 

We attended A Christmas Carol at The Hartford Stage with homeschool friends mid-December. 

Norah, home from college! We greeted her with embarrassing noise at the airport. 

Norah and Dwayne both work at Preferred, so we all attended the company Christmas party together this year. 

Our family attended Handel's Messiah at our church, and we brought our friend, Ms. Beverlie, as our guest.

Adele is painting various winter-themed watercolors in her free time this Christmas break. 

Avril is crocheting various projects including this angel for me. 

We have a strict, rigorous routine during the weeks of homeschool that there are only a few hours in the day or read and create freely. So the girls respond to days and days of vacation with abundant creativity! 

The living room on Christmas Eve 

New pajamas on Christmas Eve after our nightly Advent readings

The living room on Christmas morning

Avril made this customized crocheted wood elf for Norah in secret. The unmatching socks are a real personal touch. My kids' socks only match the first time they are worn. After that, my kids just wear two socks, regardless of whether or not they match. 

Final Advent readings before opening gifts Christmas morning

Avril begged for this hideous Ravenclaw plush mellow. I obliged, because it's Christmas. 

Adele got a parlor guitar. Avril (and Adele) got a keyboard to practice on, since they are both helping on the worship bands at church. 

I'm taking Norah to see Hadestown on Broadway later this week. 
I hid the little tickets in a box on the Christmas tree. 

I was gifted Seven Wonders with real metal coins. So fun! 

And another painting on our mantle there, that one painted for us by Ms. Beverlie, who came over for afternoon tea on Christmas Day

All my kids home, reading or crafting in quiet, restful leisure, or playing new board games or eating leftovers


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