Tag Archives: Christmas

A tail of a mouse, or kid, and a cookie, or advent calendar.

If you give a kid an advent calendar, they’ll want to eat that days chocolate.
To get the chocolate, they’ll get it out of the fridge.
While getting it out of the fridge, they’ll knock over a glass of carrot juice.
The carrot juice will spill off the”spill safe”shelves all over the fridge.
While cleaning the carrot juice, mom will remember it’s been about 6 months since she cleaned the whole fridge
The mom will regret not having scrubbed it for six months. A lot.
If you give a mouse, err kid, an advent calendar, the mom will suddenly have a new fridge (with real spill safe shelves) on your Christmas list.
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Better late than Christmas?

Lets be honest, if your tree is still up a full month after Christmas, it might be a good idea to just leave it up for 9 months until it’s time to Christmasfy things again. I beat that self imposed deadline by…. 4 days. Whew! The coffee table full of special ornaments whose special wooden box is MIA & kitchen Christmasy things not withstanding. Or the train on the mantle still. Or the wreath we lent my parents thats still at their house. 😉

In the spirit of honesty, I should just admit to myself that the toy nativity set us probably going to stay out all year (again).

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My loves

Except for chocolate, this picture has all of my favirites. My little family (surrounded by lots & lots of other family) in front of the tree at Grandma’s farm on Christmas eve. It’s where I’ve been every Christmas eve of my life, & it’s my absolute favorite day at my favorite place. To be able to take my own family now is just awesome. I think this picture must be what heaven is like. Except with chocolate.

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Merry Christmas!

May the joy of celebrating God’s birth fill you and yours with warmth and love. We’ve been incredibly blessed this Christmas, and it’s only 8:30 in the morning and everyone else is still asleep! I pray everyone is as lucky as my little family is this year.

Tales of the traveling Christmas tree

It is on the move again! Twice actually. The wise men had fewer miles to travel than this little tree.

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My favorite gingerbread house

The Gunther House is amazingly beautiful. It’s location in historic King William, the awesome food in their restaurant, gorgeous Christmas decor, incredible architecture, best bathroom in town, fun store tgat sells their own flour & baking mixes easily place it on my list of life’s brst things.
The highlight of todays visit was the gingerbread house. They make a gingerbread house replica in a house, it has to have a mini gingerbread house in the gingerbread house in the real house. It was hard to photograph, but here it is. It was hard not to eat its yummyness. Nom.

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Sweater stocking sewing

I love crafting. Martha I am not. However, the lady has some good ideas. In the December issue of her magazine was a photo of knitted stockings. The following exchange was had:

Self: Steph, you can’t knit, but you have a pretty sewing machine & Goodwill has some pretty (ugly) sweaters. You could make knit stockings for the whole family!
Steph: You’re right self! Obviously you have the talent to sew stockings with all that (non existant) sewing experience you’ve had! Genius!

So, Goodwill sweaters in hand, I got my crazy craft on. I used a stocking we had laying around for a template & cut out the basic shape. The bottom hem of the sweater serves as a nice finished top to the stocking, & cutting along the side of the sweater meant I only had 2 sides to sew (since the top is obviously open). I sewed the seams of the first one on my machine all proud of myself for threading it & whatnot. And then the “you aren’t Martha” part if this kicked in. Martha can probably craft herself an entire sewing machine from her scrap fabric. I know nothing about troubleshooting sewing issues other than to yell at the machine & Martha. Joe tried his best to fix things, but after 9 rethreading attempts, 5 start overs, 2 snapped needles, & a partridge… er, I gave up on the sewing machine. I do have 2 “finished” ones, 1 partially done, & 1 just cut out. I’m hoping to finish by hand, but with just days to go, these beauties lovely heartfelt stockings may go up next year. Oh, I say the 2 in the photos are “finished” because they still need a loop to hang from & I’d planned to add contrasting colors across the top. But now I’m just going to call this the finished state. 😉 Maybe Santa will bring me a trip to the sewing machine repair shop for Christmas.

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