Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Tea Party

Last year Mary Ella threw a tea party with some of her little friends, and we were planning on making it an annual event anyway... then my awesome mom had the best idea ever:  to invite some of her students over and throw a tea party for them. My mom teaches Special Ed in Sheffield and she loves all her kiddos like they are her own. And not only does she teach every day, she also teaches in the after school program until 5:30pm and then comes home and sews every night until midnight.
I. Don't. Know. How. She. Does. It.
And then after working an entire 60+ hour week, she wants to throw a tea party for her kiddos on her day off. Yes, she is awesome. And I'm proud to call her my mom. :)


So, we rallied the troops (the Compound crew and Anna Kate, who also teaches with Mom) and everyone pitched in to help make this a sweet and special memory for these sweet and special girls. Mom and Betsy went and picked them up and brought them out to the Compound and then the fun began.


Here are our guests of honor, plus Mary Ella and Addie Jane, who were excited to help host the party.
 (And if you are wondering why they look like Mennonites, M.E. and A.J. are wearing some of my childhood dresses. They wanted to wear them.)











We painted their fingernails, did some ornament crafts, decorated Christmas trees and sugar cookies, and gave them some gifts. They were so excited every time we handed them something to unwrap, and towards the end of each activity, they'd look up and ask, "What's next? What's next?"
 It was like they couldn't believe it.


Mary Ella and Addie Jane helped hand out gifts and never once did they ask why they weren't getting presents or where their gifts were (which is surprising for a 4-year old and VERY surprising for MY 4-year-old, trust me). I was glad though and it made me a happy mama.





My grandmother bought each little girl ear muffs, gloves and a scarf, and made them a fleece blanket.
These were the first gifts they opened and they were so happy.





Here they are with my grandmother and grandaddy.


Lunch time!


Our sweet friend Anna Claire helped serve lunch.












We played a 'pass the ornament' game.



Winner!



The girls with their ornaments.


My sister and sweet Emily


This was right after Emily looked at me and said, "This is the BEST day."
She stayed wrapped in her blanket and bundled up in her scarf, gloves and ear muffs for the entire party even though it was close to 70 degrees outside.


Stockings = candy!  They weren't too excited.



And baby dolls too.




It was such a sweet time and I'm so glad I could be there to love on these precious girls.


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20 comments:

Ramona said...

I cried after I read this post. How sweet of all of you to do this for these special children. May God bless you all!

Sandahlyn said...

After dying laughing over the Mennonite comment... Absolutely precious! What a wonderful service activity for Mary Ella! I love it! Those girls were so happy and excited. So wonderful!

Sandahlyn said...

and love the new look of your blog!

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