Thursday, December 31, 2009
Have a safe and fun New Year's Eve tonight! I think we will be taking it easy at home. Not sure if I can manage staying up until midnight to ring in 2010! Be back tomorrow with some goals/resolutions for the new year!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Originally uploaded by Kirsten W
We had a such a lovely Christmas this year. My family was able to make it to our house on Christmas eve in spite of the yucky weather. We had dinner at our house along with Bill's parents and then went to the candlelight Christmas Eve church service. Lachlan fell asleep in my arms while the congregation was singing Silent Night and holding their candles. It was beautiful. Unfortunately he was running a fever Thursday and Friday, so he wasn't quite himself, but he was a trooper, especially with the help of all his extended family being around for entertainment.
Christmas morning we opened gifts and had a late brunch, then relaxed, played games and had chili for dinner. Lachlan wasn't terribly interested in opening the gifts, but once we helped him get them open, there were lots of favorites: big box of blocks from nana & pop po, a drivable roadster from ma & papa, new playdough & tools, Yo Gabba Gabba figurines, bath toys, and books, a tool box with wooden hammers and screws, and a photo album with photos of family and friends. He's going to be a busy boy with all these new things in the house!
Bill and I got some great gifts, too - Seinfeld Monopoly, the Planet Earth dvds, the new Super Mario Bros. for the Wii, and I got a couple books from my wishlist. We're all spoiled!
The best part of Christmas was having our family with us and being able to celebrate while staying cozy at home. Hope you had a great week, too.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Originally uploaded by Kirsten W
We're just getting ready to sit down for Christmas Eve dinner with my family and Bill's parent's. Our first time hosting the Christmas festivities! Then off to church at 7 and looking forward to Santa visiting our house tonight!
(The trees were inspired by this blog and although I gathered all the supplies, Bethany executed all 6 for our dinner tables.)
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I bought lovely Christmas fabric by Alexander Henry and red wool felt at Home Ec Workshop and cut it into lots and lots of little strips, ranging from 1"-3" x 9". Then I wrapped the strips around the wreath, hot glued them in place on the back, and pushed in a straight pin for extra stability. I also added some decorative pins along the outside edges, and tied a bow on top, and a loop of thread on the back for hanging.
Ok, off to finish off some last minute handmade gifts and wrapping before my family arrives! Good luck with your holiday prep work!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Not long after that, Lachlan spotted my little camera memory card sitting next to the laptop and picked it up and pushed it into the laptop's cd drive. Seemed like a good idea, eh? And just as I was getting ready to burn cds of photos for my preschoolers before our holiday break :(
Both things were especially irritating because they were really my fault for leaving things sitting around. Luckily it all got worked out today - Invisible Fence is putting a new collar in the mail that will hopefully arrive tomorrow and I took my laptop to Technology Associates in downtown Iowa City and he quickly retrieved the card and didn't even charge me for his time!
It was certainly a more cheerful day all around. My Preucil secret Santa left me a present this morning and it tempted me all through the school day. It turns out that Jamie was my santa and she got me some super fun vintage fabric (I love the boats and teepees the best) and great colorful mittens.
As is the tradition at Preucil, we baked & decorated gingerbread cookies with the kids, and made one large gingerbread boy. He went into the oven while my class went to music, and escaped from the oven when Tricia put her class' gingerbread boy in to bake! I was a little worried because my class seemed pretty skeptical about the gingerbread boy before they left for music ("he's not strong enough to open the doors and run away") but when they heard the story of the escape and found a trail of crumbs outside on the sidewalk, they were all believers again. :)
Now I have a two week break from teaching and I'm looking forward to spending next week finishing up handmade gifts, wrapping presents, and spending lots of time with friends and family. Hope you all have a great weekend!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Originally uploaded by Kirsten W
Definitely have a little bump making an appearance. Feeling pretty good in the 2nd trimester so far, other than a slight headcold.
Today I was talking to one of the boys in my preschool class and he said something about "she's not very big yet", referring to the baby. I said "Oh, do you think the baby is a girl?" and he said, "yes, don't you?". So there's a 5 year old prediction for you. We scheduled our January ultrasound yesterday, hopefully we will be able to find out in about a month!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
We've been playing with Cleo and Sadie, dancing to Christmas music, and having a leisurely breakfast.
Also on the agenda - put dinner in the crock pot, finish making & addressing Christmas cards, mix up some sugar cookie dough for baking later this week, start a few handmade gifts, and wrap a few gifts. I might even try to make a scrapbook page!
Hope you have a safe and cozy day.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Here are some photos of our decorations:
Tree #1 has a black, silver and red theme and also features Lachlan's new ornament for this year - Santa Mickey!
Tree #2 has all the handmade ornaments I've collected, and lots of my childhood ornaments and other family ornaments.
Our little kitchen Nativity scene.
My new baby Christmas cactus.
Some festive star/snowflake lights and the Christmas card box I made a few years ago.
Mr. Moose and a little berry bush.
And finally, our GIANT wreath! I noticed last year that this was buried way back in our basement, left for us (or forgotten?) by the previous owners. So we pulled it out this year, cleaned it up, and I wrapped it with ribbon and tied on a bow. A big nail was already in the stone, so we just had to climb up the ladder and hook it on!
I'm happy to have so much decorating done, but I still have a couple ideas for homemade decorations I'd like to make. First, a garland for above our kitchen windows, and a Christmas wreath to hang in the bathroom.
We'll see - even though I have most of my shopping done, there are still cards to make and send and lots of handmade Christmas gifts to start and finish! Good luck with your holiday projects!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had two great feasts on Thursday, one with my family and one with Bill's family.
Lachlan was very happy to be part of the festivities, although he wanted my plate instead of his.
We had a nice long weekend, spending time together and with family. Lachlan has been busy with the trains this weekend, at nana's house and at our house. He has the idea now how to put the train cars together and carefully pushes them around the track.
He also found some time to kick back and watch football and Yo Gabba Gabba. (don't you love the crossed feet?)
But my favorite part of the weekend was pulling out our Christmas decoration and trimming the tree with Lachlan's help. He was enthusiastically going through the boxes of ornaments and pushing them into place on the tree. He also thought that the bubble wrap and tissue paper the ornaments were packed in should go on the tree. :)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
One thing I have been making this week is granny squares. I took a "how-to crochet granny squares" class at Home Ec last Saturday, and I've been working on them every night since. Very easy and relaxing!
Speaking of making, some of Lachlan's new favorite activities are coloring, stamping, and squishing play-doh. We ordered a table with two chairs for him for Christmas, but I decided I would give it to him early since he is ready to use it. I'm sure there will be *plenty* of other things to open on Christmas morning!