Monday, December 8, 2008

Advent Fun

Making the bird feeders was a HUGE hit.

This is the poor little tree (bush?) they inflicted their bird feeding enthusiasm on... I love how all the bird feeders found their home about 8 inches off the ground. so sweet. They check these feeders each time we walk by.

Play-Doh snowmen.
Created (left to right) by Zach (who informed me that "snowmen need feet too!"), me, and Lily (who enjoyed poking eyes, and mouth and buttons into her snowman)

Finally, David is really taking great pride in his job of "relocating" our Elf (named Essa, by the kids) each night. This morning we found Essa hanging from a dismantled smoke detector. Never a dull moment around here.

16 comments:

Sarah Ricker said...

Hooray for fun advent activities! The low-hanging bird feeders are too cute! And having Dave hide the Christmas Elf is a great idea.

Jill Revell said...

It looks like the kids are really enjoying the advent activities. You are so creative!

Holbrook's said...

Honestly are you secretly named Martha???

the boyd family said...

you are such an awesome mom, i love your ideas... you need to do a blog post on fun/easy activities for moms and kids. seriously, you need to do this for mom's like me, i need help! i never want to do anything because i imagine the mess later :)

i love lily's apron, how adorable.

Haney family said...

We had one of those elfs! It always scared me!!! Funny, It doesn't look so scary now:) What a fun idea to hide it each day.
Love the bird feeders!

Will & Amy said...

That's so cute and great that you can do fun little stuff like that to get the kids involved and excited for this time of year. You are so creative!

~The Stevens Family~ said...

Love the elf picture, too funny! Those bird feeders are such a cute idea. Please publish a book.

Isaura said...

tara the bird feeders look like lots of fun!! what a fun and creative mom. :) isn't creating so fun?! i love the elf hanging for dear life up in the faulty fire detector. i hate those darn things. in our old house when they would start beeping, instead of changing the battery, marc would just pull them out. comforting.

Christy said...

ha! i like the elf dangling from the smoke detector. very fun. and lily's apron is SO CUTE! where did you get it?

also, i think some of us girls are going to go see australia on friday night. interested? i will call you with details.

Wendy said...

So I don't know you, but I love your advent calendar. Seriously, that is so cute. So are your kids. Now I am going to have to steal your super cute idea! I hope you don't mind, but I just can't let a good idea slip away.

Tiff and Dave said...

I love all the fun things you do with your darling advent calendar. I might have to pay you to make one for me sometime! I love the comment that someone said..."honestly are you secretly named Martha??" I totally agree! So talented and creative!! How are you feeling? Hey I also need your address...would you mind email it to me? tiffygeorge@hotmail.com
Thanks Tara...love ya!

meg said...

You guys are too much fun! Those activities will be memorable - and isn't that the point?

Rapp Family said...

Oh my gosh! I love the Elf on a shelf book. I'm searching for one right now. My kids will go crazy for that! You are so cute with your kids, and bless you for doing all this while you're pregnant. You are amazing! Take care of yourself and I can't wait to hear what you're having! Yeah!

Blake and Yanery said...

So Great!!This really puts me to the Christmas mood. I am so glad to hear and see that things are going great. Its the little things that are important and keep us going. I am so greatful for our friends and family that make everyday joyful. Call me while your in KC if you have time. I might be there too!

dixonfamily said...

What fun!! I love the bird feeding pine cones! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE Lily's apron! Where did you get that? I just love seeing all the great things you do with your kids. I love that Dave is so into hiding the elf around the house! What a fun tradition. Seriously, I second Erin, you should write a book. You're like Martha Stewart, only without the prison record!! Ha ha! Merry Christmas!

Isaura said...

Tara, thank you so much for giving me the info on the blog book!! I'm going to have to look into that because I'm ready to get it done. It would be a good thing to start the new year. Here's my email if you ever want to pass any other good info!!!
isarredondo at yahoo dot com
ps love your blog tunes :)