one thousand gifts: ch 8

gifts: the cross, celebrations, food, laughter, family, fun, live music, messy babies, traditions, dresses, dresses, dresses!

In case you weren’t aware of this, kids make messes.  If you want them to wear an outfit more than once for say a special occasion- they will absolutely DESTROY it!  Cheers to our 3 dress Easter!

Here’s where I found the cute, awesome, easy tutorial for making these chalkboard clipboards for the ‘big’ little ones.

In the middle of this bustling Easter weekend, we managed (thanks to both of our parents) to get out 2 times without our babes.  I feel the need to include here that this meant Ava watched ‘Tangled’ 2 nights in a row… I think both sets of grandparents have now seen the movie more than Kurt and I.

And because this is the title of the post…and because you all are so graciously holding me accountable in my book club commitment:

1000 gifts book club,

Chapter 8


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Minute To Win It: Herig-Style

On Thursday the 4 of us along with the rest of the Sorenson/Prochnow gang will be heading out to Carson City, Nevada to celebrate a “Wood” Christmas.  We are really looking forward to some snowy weather, Norwegian meatballs and quality time with the Sorenson part of our family!
Since we will be out of town we got to celebrate an early Christmas this past Sunday.  Kurt and I felt that the Christmas Spirit really found us as we watched Minute to Win It – Christmas  Style these past few weeks so…we decided to spice things up a bit for our early Christmas celebration this year!  Here’s a preview of our Minute to Win It inspired game day!  We had so much fun and so many laughs,  in the end I don’t think anyone could remember who won… I think Ava would argue that it was her 🙂

Breakfast Scramble

Assemble the front of a cereal box that has been cut into 16 even pieces.

Candy Elevator

Use an “elevator” made from 2 pencils and string, to lift 3 M&Ms into the mouth.

Caddy Stack

Stack 3 golf balls 1 atop the other.

Bite Me

Pick up paper bags of varying heights using only the mouth.

Hanky Panky

Using only 1 hand, pull all tissues out of a tissue box.

Christmas Ball

Move a tree ornament across the floor and into a target area only by “fanning” it with a gift box.

Face the Gingerbread Man

Using only the face muscles, move a gingerbread cookie from your forehead to your mouth.

Junk in the Trunk

Wiggle a box that is attached to your waist filled with ping-pong balls until the box is empty.

Christmas Ball Conveyor

Teammates, spinning in place, transfer ornaments using a ribbon looped around their waists.

What a fun way to work up a Christmas appetite!

Oh how I love a little princess in a Christmas dress!  I’m so glad that Ava reminded me this week that, “we didn’t even buy a fancy dress to wear to our Christmas celebrations…”

How blessed we were by our parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and grandparents!

Elle all snuggled and laughing in her homemade Christmas swaddle blanket.  Our “Big” baby just loves to be swaddled and has outgrown every receiving blanket on the market. Thank goodness for JoJo and her new sewing machine. We are loving our made-with-love big baby swaddles!

Don’t Break the Ice, anyone?

Our sitting girl 🙂

Ho Ho Ho… Merry Christmas (said in a semi-creepy Santa voice following each and every present 😉 )! Thanks for the fun Family, we love you very much!

*Most of these pictures were taken with our brand new Cannon S95!  Thanks Unexperts for the recommendation and THANK YOU PaPa JoJo for the wonderful gift!