Thanksgiving Party

Elin had her first school party for preschool and I took off work to help with the games. I also got to volunteer and help the class for the whole day. It was so interesting to see their routine and see all the things that Elin talks about at home.

The days started with them putting up their coats and book bags and spending time before class began by working on puzzles. I was amazed how they all worked on their puzzles so quietly. Then they preceded to have story time, sharing time, outdoor running, and different learning stations.


Then for the Thanksgiving party, the kids had worked on special table runners they made and they had a snack of Chex mix and turkey-shaped cookies.


It was so cute to listen Elin talk to her little friends and how she interacts with everyone.


Then it was time for the first game which was Bingo. I was’t sure how this would go over since they are a little young for Bingo, but they seemed to catch on quickly and enjoy the game. I found this adorable game and had it printed and then I just used Cheerios for game pieces. I’m definitely keeping this game to use for future school parties for her. It seems like it would be enjoyed by many ages and I just used stickers as prizes and of course everyone got a sticker.


Then one of the other room parents made this adorable pin the feather on the turkey game and all the kiddos really seemed to enjoy this as well.



Then we played a simple game of hot potato with the kids using a stuffed toy turkey. The kiddos loved this as well and before we knew it, it was the end of the day and time to go home.

Elin’s class is so sweet and it was so nice to get to see the kids in action in the classroom. I am so glad I took off work to spend time with them and I plan on doing this for their Christmas party in a couple of weeks.

Elin’s Holiday Wish List

This Christmas season is already so exciting because Elin is learning so much more about Santa and the whole holiday season and she has been much more helpful in letting me know what items she would like to get from family and Santa. I always love to see other wish lists to get ideas for her, so I thought I would share what she is asking for.


1. Calico Critters: Elin has been so interested in Calico critters whenever she seems them in stores or on TV. I think she will love playing with them with her next wish list item which is a dollhouse.

2. Le Toy Van Sweetheart Cottage: I love this dollhouse because it’s wood as opposed to plastic and it comes with lots of furniture and accessory pieces. I looked in the original Calico Critter houses but they do not come with any furniture and the little furniture sets are not cheap. Even though this was not specifically for Calico Critters, I think they should fit nicely.

3. Peppa Pig House: Elin loves the Peppa Pig show and books, so she has been dying to get her hands on this house and she just squeals when she sees commercials for it.

4. American Girl Bitty Baby: Elin has been after this doll ever since she got the holiday catalog and after a quick trip to the store, she has been sold and it’s officially on her list.

5. Doll Pram: A fancy new doll needs a lovely pram and this one it just too cute.

6. Cash Register: Elin loves to play with this same cash register at her local library. I think she will love to use this one with her kitchen items.

7. Shopping Cart: Elin will need a shopping cart to go with her cash register. I love how this one looks very realistic.

8. Play-doh sets: Elin loves play doh sets and I thought this one looked fun and had good reviews.

Halloween Fun


Elin has been anxiously anticipating Halloween for what seems like forever! She has been watching so many Halloween-themed shows and working on lots of Halloween and fall inspired arts and crafts projects, and finally the Halloween weekend has arrived for her. On Friday we went to the annual Halloween party at Phil’s work. The party and haunted house was held in the new building which is still under construction for added spookiness.


The first thing we did when we got there was the cookie decorating which was obviously a big hit for Elin and she couldn’t help but start eating her creations before she was even finished decorating. Then she played dozens of carnival type games and got lots of candy prizes.


The theme was Star Wars and Elin enjoyed checking out all the lightsabers. She also begged to go in the scary haunted house and made it all the way through and did not cry! She was a little scared but didn’t get upset. She wanted to go through it again!


Then on Halloween night she got done up again as Cinderella.¬† She was so excited to go trick or treating but honestly didn’t last that long. She just wanted to come back and start eating her candy! Her Papa took her around the neighborhood and and also took her over to her cousins’ to trick or treat with them for a little bit.




Luckily the weather did not turn out rainy as predicted and it really wasn’t too cold out.



She says her favorite candy is suckers and she does love them, but she bites into them before she is finished eating them which drives me crazy! She has loved everything she has sampled so far from her bag.