Monday, December 30, 2013

Last Christmas

(I went back and edited this post - I was trying to play catch up while sick over Christmas. Not a good idea!) Before I put together what we did/didn't do this year, I wanted to finally put something down about last year. I can't even remember most of Christmas Day, I'll have to see if someone here can jog my memory - I'm not even sure where pictures are stored. Ugh. One of the many reasons I wanted to get back into blogging after deleting my old blog. I stink at getting pictures printed out, I don't scrapbook, blogging is perfect for me! Moving along, last year I actually signed up for my first swap, through Little Pink Studio. Apparently I never took pictures of the stuff I filled it with. Bummer. My partner was Tamatha, from  snipsandthreads (she just posted on this swap, too - I don't feel so bad, haha! She also has great pictures of everything on her blog).   I filled her stocking with  locally roasted coffee samples, local chocolates, some vintage Christmas tags I scored at Goodwill, vintage trims, vintage snowman and candy cane patches, and I made her an ornament from an old cookie cutter with an an angel in it.  I made my partner's stocking out of an old chenille blanket, old doily, and some old buttons. I really like it, and looking back at it, may have to make myself one- I still have another doily with the red and white flip-flopped. 

 Upon opening my stocking, I laughed a bit - our fillers were so much alike. I kicked myself because I actually even had one of those snowmen with white cocoa in my hands before sending it off. I had so much fun with this swap! I admit, I was concerned about there being "enough" in it, and whether or not it would be "good enough",  so it was truly a relief to see that it was. Of course, I could do a million swaps and I think I would always feel that way!

We  made small gingerbread houses, using cookie cutters for the fronts and making patterns for the rest of the house. We've bought the cute little villages before, but they're just so very tiny! We didn't do any this year, the month just zipped by so quickly. Everybody had pinkeye, so I also was trying to keep everybody from touching too many surfaces, foods, etc. I made those glass trees a couple years ago, I did make a few more this year. Now I have plenty and need to leave them be when I spot more at Goodwill! I really like the colored ones. Not great pictures, but I really don't have time to edit at this point in time! Especially with a sick leech-baby. 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Birthday Girls and Guy

December was going really well, we were getting fun stuff done, actually completed a puzzle without Little Miss destroying it and losing pieces, when some wonderful mother decided it would be a Good Thing to send her son to AWANA with pinkeye. {SIGH} Well, we are one of those families that enjoys doing things one, maybe two, at a time. Needless to say, we dragged pinkeye out as long as we could! Blogging went by the wayside while we spent weeks following each other, wiping down and sanitizing everything. No fun. Eventually I'll get Christmas blogged about, but for now I will at least squeeze in a bit about our December birthdays.

Rachel turned 19 on the first. She's so easy to please as to be boring, as far as birthdays are concerned. She likes tiramisu cake from Fred Meyer - we even managed to find a large one for the price of a smaller one! For dinner, her favorite is one of my easiest comfort food meals - chicken and dumpling cream soup. I felt like such a loser in the effort department, but everything was tasty, and she was happy.  

Hubby was 42 on the 7th. Gulp. I'm still trying to figure out where our 30's went! Seems I don't remember much about them, they zipped by too quickly. Sometimes not quickly enough, though, when I really think back on them. This picture was actually taken on Christmas morning - like the garbage bag in the background, hahaha? He, too, was easy. We started a tradition a few years ago, where he picks up a new video game for his present. Boring, but we're kind of at that stage in life.

Miss Crazy Girl turned two on the 20th. What a terrible thing to do to a child! Well, we don't really "do" birthday parties, so I guess it really doesn't matter like it did when I was a kid! I always felt so bad for my oldest boy, who did go to public school, and whose birthday was right at the beginning of summer. This picture of Amelia was her getting ready to go play in the snow during our too few snow days. Goof.
Anyway, Emma made Amelia a birthday crown. I think it stayed on just long enough for a couple pictures, and no more.

She is my owl girl, and when I found these on Pinterest, I knew they'd be pretty easy to do - and they were! I was actually very pleased with how they turned out. We were going to have a small party with my cousin and three of her kids, but, you know. Pinkeye.

Amelia didn't notice anything missing, she got a cute little set of tools for play dough, some new Christmas jammies, and Owl Cakes. What more could a two year old want?

Friday, December 13, 2013

This Moment

I've been inspired by Soulemama to share in a Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fuzzy Morning

 I love waking up to the world being white! This will be a running theme here as long as we have cold weather! Or rather, as long as I continue blogging and have cold weather! I'd likely sleep through some of these mornings, but I have an early riser that makes sure I don't miss them.
 This morning I wished I had a better camera, something I don't normally care about. Or maybe that I knew better how to use the one I have! Everything was covered in icy fuzz. Amelia came out with me, and we walked around while she poked at the tiny spikes.
 When she first came out, I asked her to look up and smile. I didn't get a scowl this time, just this rather wry look. No smiles on demand, little stinker.

 There were a lot of geese out this morning, Amelia really, really, likes birds and loves watching these guys. About the time it seems as though they're leaving for good, they come on back. We actually have quite a few Canada geese around here. We have a lot of birds in general. I keep thinking it would be fun to make some gelatin/bird seed molds, but I haven't done it yet.

By the time my fingers were freezing, the sun was coming out. The fuzz will be melted off too soon, but I sure enjoy my mornings with my little non-smiling stinker head.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Teased by Snow

We had a short celebration yesterday, when we were teased by the hope of snow. The weather has been very cold, the weather people said we may get a bit of snow, and we were all Very Hopeful People. In the afternoon, while my boys were loading firewood, a massive hailstorm began. Coats were scrambled for, spirits were high, and we all went out to enjoy what brief whiteness we had, including a neighbor boy, below. Alan, my 10 year old, couldn't believe how happy freezing whiteness made me, as I was grinning hugely through the whole downpour of icy little balls. Sadly, it melted off too soon. 

There is still quite a chill in the air, everybody is wanting in to be warm.

 Everybody has their favorite spots- Luna, above, claimed this spot years ago. From the first bit of truly cold weather, until spring, she can be found curled up on top of the tv cabinet. From spring through summer, she is barely seen in the house. The coloring is weird in this picture, but Delilah, below, blends in quite nicely between the wall and wood stove. There she is warm and safe from the not-quite-two year old.