Friday, December 17, 2010

The Holiday Haps

When we saw Santa this year, both girls told him they wanted Legos. This is the same Santa we saw getting out of a Chevy several years ago.

Here's our tree this year, set up once again in our playroom. It's a Noble and it smells just amazing, even after having it up for three weeks. We lost our tree farm compass and found ourselves at BobZ for our tree this year. Nothing wrong with that. Next year maybe we'll go somewhere new with friends.

The girls got these cute knit ornaments from Target to add to their collections.
We did mini Gingerbread houses one afternoon.
Julia did some serious work on the roof's details.

Avery adorned hers with Tootsie Rolls...

Mine was nothing but a sea of jelly beans. Oh and I couldn't stop eating the icing.

Jolly good times. Jolly good.

For Me

I do things for myself for the sake of balance, without apology. This year, these are a few things I've done to put smile on MY face:

Gotten accupuncture to combat migraines (resulting in other great symptoms, too)

Signed up for a Class in 2011: Writing for Children

Practiced Yoga

Danced (Cardio Jams class where I workout)

Lately Made

Some years I am a crafting maniac at the holidays. This year, only two projects were slated. Both turned out well enough to want to keep.

This is the lid for a jar. I saw it at Goodwill sitting, just a jar with a naked wooden lid, next to an older brother and younger sister jar with naked wooden lids. Basically anything wooden begs me to collage it, so I did and now a certain old amigo will be getting this for Christmas filled with treats. I need to think of what else I could put in the jars other than food. Any suggestions?

I'd wanted to make a fabric checkerboard from this book and so I did. It was supposed to be for cousins but when Avery asked if I would make one for her, I decided I already was and I ordered the cousins a few choice games on Amazon: Rush Hour Jr. and Set. The kids are already using the heck out of it. Worth every stitch, I say.


There are artists that live in this house. I find them bellied up to the art table, replicating ideas they see in books, intent on capturing just the right details. They use their materials enough that the crayons are never where I put them back. The pens are always spilled and busy.

Amazing, I say, because of both what the artists create, but also how they feel when they create it. I want them to remember the way this made them feel when they are adults.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

December? The MIDDLE of December? Holy cow. This poor blog and 2010 were so out of sync. Maybe 2011 will be better.

We are EXCITED about Christmas around here. Seriously excited, as in, we've never been quite so off the wall before. Downright Dotty! Bonkers! Loopy!

We did a photo shoot (by we I mean Me, the girls, my camera) and there were some gems of my lovelies..

This was the winner:

So the cards have been done and sent. The presents ordered and arrived, the packages mailed. I have a new appreciation for not just the gift sent but the time the giver spent in line at the P.O. sending it, you know? Why does the post office employ ONE person at its' most busiest? CRAZINESS. ANYHOO, things are crossed off the list, and all that remains is the wrapping.

We are travelling to Michigan this year on Christmas Day which will be quite the adventure. We've never travelled with both kids before-I think at 5 and 7 they are at a nice age but can confirm that after. We celebrated with my family last weekend and it was GREAT. I need family time at the holidays. It's just a MUST.

And so, there's more I could say about our holidays around here, so I'll be back.

This year we spent Thanksgiving at home and I cooked my very first turkey! I gathered advice from several sources, then proceeded along. I'd gotten a brined turkey and assumed they were salty only to discover that they aren't at all. Also, I was afraid to cook it too long, so I followed Alton Brown's directions to cook it until the internal temp was 165. I might have liked it better had I given it another 1/2hour-hour cooking time, so that plus the fact that it needed salt, not too bad for my first time.

I actually had fun with all the cooking. I made: garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, crescent rolls, stuffing, cranberry/dried cherry relish, and a funny mashed sweet potato thing with marshmellows on top. For dessert I did a pecan pie, per my husband's request, and pumpkin muffins for the girls, both topped with whipped cream. All of it was so tasty, if I do say so myself.

What I will remember about this Thanksgiving is how pleasant a day I had cooking for our little family, and how nice it was to sit down together and eat at the end of the day.