The best thing about this Christmas season so far has been our success at surprising the kids.

And having them all home without homework needing to be done or places to go.

The fourth day of Christmas was book day and each one was met with much happiness.

Claire really loved a series that her teacher started reading to her class last year. I think I want to read them too.


Each year we try to get Emily some kind of sheet music. Last year I think it was music inspired by Pride and Prejudice. This year it's music from the Harry Potter movie series.


Abigail also received a piano book this year as a way of us telling her that she will begin lessons next Wednesday. She is so excited and I think she will do well with our friend who will be teaching her. We got Sam a really big book about tips and tricks for building Lego's. He's a little skeptical since he prefers going "off book" as he puts it, when he is creating. But it must have some interesting and helpful information because I keep seeing him looking through it and studying it.

Sarah had actually mentioned her book to me a while back and was thrilled to get a copy. If you know her at all you know she is a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn so this book was perfect for her. Written by her children, it's a cross between a cook book and a biography.


Sarah made the from scratch chocolate cake recipe for us last night. It was tasty and she learned that there is a significant difference between baking chocolate and a candy bar.


She was pretty excited when it flipped out beautifully. We were also pretty happy when we realized the recipe doesn't call for flour so Sam could enjoy it with us.


She topped it with homemade whipped topping and it was delicious.


And such was our fourth day of Christmas.


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