December Instagrams

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I certainly Instagramed a lot this December! And yes, I made that word up. :) It was a full month full of wonder. The boys counted down to Christmas all month-long with more anticipation than the past four years of their life. We baked and crafted and visited with family and friends. It was fun to look over this last month of 2012.

Hot cocoa with the Almengor crew above. Homemade Indian food below. Yum!

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The boys' pencil boxes. Can you guess who is Type A and who is Type B?

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Train Garden at the Jarrettsville Firehouse and then ice cream afterwards at Jarrettsville Creamery!

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Tasty Christmas goodies: biscotti and a hazelnut chocolate cookie!

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Advent readings this year were from Behold the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey.

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Cookie making at my mom's (above), gifts for neighbors (below left), and pull-apart parmesan herb bread (below right).

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Christmas Eve was magical with a dusting of snow!

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Josh build Sophia her very own oven! Let me tell you she LOVES it!

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The week after Christmas we went to The Walters Art Museum, where I once worked for almost 5 years in the Exhibition Department prior to having the boys. I ran into a few old friends there, although most were off for the Holidays. It was fun to show the boys installations I'd worked on during my time there, including the Chamber of Wonders and Arms and Armor room!

Sophia was scared in the mummy section, but was thrilled to discover Medusa (above left).

Theseus fighting the minotaur was a hit too, since Duncan had done a presentation on that Greek myth.

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Josh also built a new media console so we could completely rearrange our living room, something I'd wanted to do for years! The console can be added onto in the future, should we have the space.

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We started listening to our new Radio Theater The Magician's Nephew from the complete set of The Chronicles of Narnia the kids got for Christmas.

We also made "prayer people" of all our immediate family members as well as Beverly and Arjun, our sponsored children through Compassion. A great way for our kids to grow in "outward" focused prayers at dinner time. I got this nifty idea from Living Out His Love, a friend who goes to Classical Conversations with us.