Countdown #14: Fancy Dinner

Today’s Christmas countdown activity was for us to have a “Fancy Dinner” where we all dress up and have candles and sparkling cider. Carson was delightfully involved and excited about this all afternoon. Sydney, too, was getting in on the action, especially since she got a new princess dress from Abby today. She was changing back and forth between her two dresses until the last minute. Carson and I planned a menu (Spaghetti, french bread and veggies–pretty gourmet!) and I even put on a dress and heels! He wore a tie and made placecard holders. I found a wonderful hand-me-down tablecloth that has some appropriate stains perfect for this occasion. We were all anxious for Daddy to come home, when we dimmed the lights and welcomed him to the “Spaghetti and Meatball Cafe.” It was a great little memory of our countdown 2010!
This is kind of dark but here’s a little video. That’s Sydney hollering “cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese” throughout the whole video, waiting for me to take her picture.


  1. First of all, glad to see the tornado didn’t destroy dinner plans.:) Second, I am SUPER impressed you pulled off fancy dinner so smoothly because ours was a DISASTER! It was one whiny event with my girls eating dinner in their underwear. Classy. And finally, my favorite line of the video is you saying under your breath while waiting for Syd to show off her dress, “Any day now.” I think I spit laughed on that one!:) You guys are A-dorable.

  2. Oh Jen, I love this so much!! I can’t tell you how much this is like our girls dress up dinner times. I had a good friend tell me when my girls were very young that “The best guests I will ever have is my own family”.It’s work for sure but the memory is wonderful for all.

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