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Hi there.  Does it feel like I announced I was pregnant and then dropped off the face of the earth?  I guess that’s sort of how it happened.  I’ve written this post out in my head many times and always struggled to know how much to say about the last 2 months.  On one hand, this is the place were I write about our lives and record our memories, on the other hand I hate dwelling on the negative.  I think that some stories are best told with a little distance.  Not so much that you only remember them with fond rose-colored glasses but enough to gain some perspective.  So I think I will save any pregnancy stories I have for another day. 

Here are just a smattering of pictures I managed to take during the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  I hope you can bear with me, this will probably seem a little disjointed :)

Christmas decorations were a little sparse this year but we did manage to have a beautiful, tall, and lovingly decorated tree.

We are starting to establish some Christmas traditions that the children look forward to every year, and one of them is making paper snowflakes for our windows.

My mom made snowflakes with us when we were children.  My mom was an amazing woman who just knew how to do so many interesting things.  Her brain was (and still is) a treasure-house of creative wonderment!  Making candles, pressing flowers, brewing root beer,… I spent my childhood marveling at what she would come up with next.

I see the same wonderment on my children’s faces when I do things with them.

We must have made 3 dozen snowflakes but each and every time they unfolded one they would gasp in amazement!

We made Christmas cookies and I tried not to cringe too much when they piled candy and sprinkles on each cookie.  How many times did I tell them not to lick the frosting knife?!!  I planned on giving some of the cookies to the neighbors but decided that might not be wise ;)

Our Christmas picture to put in our Christmas photo album.

This was the one we ended up using

And here are some of the outtakes…

G being goofy in each one and E giving us her best cheesy smile

J was trying to be patient but quickly loosing interest in this photographic circus.

And he’s done…

A picture of my entire family.  My brother and sister-in-law, mom and dad, and all 9 (make that 10) grandchildren.

Her room is one of the coldest in the house.  Every night I go in and make sure she is all tucked in.  One morning I came in to rouse her for breakfast and all I saw where the soles of her little feet. 

Someone had his birthday over the holidays!

Mr. G turned six and we celebrated by having a movie and popcorn night at our house.  G is currently fascinated with the Disney movie Cars 2 so we watched that, opened presents, and sang “Happy Birthday”.

He’s such a happy guy.  So easy to please.  He was just delighted with every little part of his party celebration.  He is a good example to me.

Last but not least, I have these hanging on my fridge.  It’s been a long time since I had sonogram pictures on my fridge. 

It makes me happy.  It helps me to remember that there’s a child on the way and there’s a good reason I feel the way I do :)   Hopefully we will be finding out the baby’s gender soon.  The children have their hopes set on a little girl… we shall see!

Hello Friends

I know.  You’re looking at your calendar and thinking, “It’s not December.  Doesn’t this woman have any self-control?  I thought we had a break from her?”

I couldn’t help but stop in to say, “Happy Thanksgiving” and to share with you my latest obsession (other than Marcus Mumford’s voice). 

For years I have wanted to make some proper advent calendars for the children, but somehow December 1st sneaks up on me and I break down and by the chocolate advent calendars from Trader Joe’s.  Not this year!  This year I’ve got a  plan.

My friend Susan, who always manages to keep an eye out for things I might find useful, found a bunch of small matchboxes in a storage closet and passed them onto me.  My original plan was to wrap each box festively and find some number decals to label them with.

But my Etsy search brought up this lovely set of vintage advent calendar labels, designed specifically for matchboxes!  How perfect are these?  

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I instantly fell in love with the playful vintage look and the price!  For $3.50 the seller emails you a printable image and you simply download them, print them off, and glue them to your matchboxes.  She also includes templates for making your own matchboxes, if you don’t want to go out and buy boxes.

I found some extra wide grosgrain ribbon, looped it through a small wreath and hot glued Velcro to the ribbon and the backs of the boxes.

I plan to hang them on the kids doors.

I think I’m more excited about these than the children are…

Here are some more advent calendar ideas that I loved~

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Love the simple drawstring bags with the different styles of numbers
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This one is so beautiful~  image source
It looks like it was made with vintage Christmas cards and brown bags.

Another simple advent using matchboxes~ image source

It’s not too late make Advent Calendars for your little ones.  Some bags or boxes, a trip to the dollar store, and you’ve got the makings for a great calendar.  It can be a little tricky finding something small for all 24 days; so here are a few ideas I came up with~

~ Small candies
~ Lego men
~ hair clips
~ earrings
~ fun band aides
~ holiday stickers
~ coupons that the children can redeem. Like, “Make Christmas cookies”, “Watch a Christmas movie”…
~ small plastic animals
~ miniature cars
~ balloons
~ chocolate coins
~ paper umbrellas (like the kind you find stuck in a tropical cocktail)
~ gum
~ plastic army men

I’ve missed visiting with all of you :)   I look forward to catching up!  Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving being with loved ones and enjoying delicious food!

See you soon, April