Alexander had his Robbin's Nest Holiday Festival this past weekend. It was hard going this year and I feel bad for that. First of all Alexander missed 2 days of school (and practice) right before the concert. And since we only have one child at Robbin's Nest this year it kind of feels weird to bring all 5 kids along for this, especially when the crafts and activities are definitely for the younger kids. Even Connor did a bit of whining in the morning about having to go. But I was bound and determined to treat him like child #1 instead of #4 and be excited about his activities. Even Grandma Lou came to watch him. He sang all the regular songs; Chubby Little Snowman, Up on the Housetop, Jingle Bells. Then we made the rounds as the children made Reindeer Food (dry cereal and raisins), necklaces, paper hats, and ornaments.
My mom remarked, "Boy, it sure is nice to be here this year. The kids are really growing up." And she is right. There was a lot less hovering and gently steering this year. My mom, Caskey and I chatted outside the classroom and watched Eleanor toddle around while the other four crafted. Connor and Lainy Ann certainly don't need any help and William is on his way to independence as well. Lainy Ann and the teachers were there to assist Alexander in tying knots in necklaces. The kids had a great time and I am enjoying watching the fun rather than having to make the fun.
I do wish I had gotten a picture of all 5 of them together. I have definitely noticed myself slacking in that department as the children get older.