We celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving in one big party mid-Novemeber with Aaron’s Dad’s side of the family because his grandparents galavant off to Florida for the winter. I was actually gone in Pittsburgh this year so I missed the party and watching the kids open their first gifts of the year but made sure we had something special to give Grandma-Great before she left.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Printable mini-poster “Keep calm and snap on”
2 Wooden plaques (grabbed ours from WalMart) or scrap wood or fancy paper
Paint and brushes
Willing kids who want to get dirty
I decided to go with the “plaque” so Grandma-Great would have something to hang if she wanted. I could have had them do this on paper and framed it but I was running out of time.
First I spray painted the wooden plaques an off white so we could have a blank canvas to start with then had my daughter write her name and her brothers name on the bottom of each the plaques.
She got a little carried away so I ended up redoing our boy’s name.
(Our kids’ names aren’t a secret either – she’s Jessica and he’s Oliver – I’ve just decided not to make them main characters here.)
I had to leave after this so I let them dry and instructed Aaron with what to do next: Have the kids make a hand print on the plaque with their name on it – then wrap with the note card and give to Grandma-Great at the party. Forgot to ask him for photos – so Grandma sent them to me 🙂
The note card said I promised to send her photos every month she was away in Florida. I’ve gotten pretty bad at sending photos to extended family to chart the kids’ growth or adorableness … so I’m trying to be better at it for those family members who don’t see us often for long periods of time.