Monday, December 05, 2016
AND it was the first time this season we have had measurable snow here, so that REALLY added to the Christmas-y feeling.
We decorated Christmas cookies too.
Daughter made them earlier, so all we needed to do was fancy them up!
I suggest you start it too.
Even if it is just you and one other person.
Because I said so.
Sunday, December 04, 2016
It started when our kids were young and THGGM worked in retail.
It gave our family a chance to celebrate BEFORE the traditional holiday craziness set in.
And for dessert, an Oreo ice cream dessert made with peppermint stick ice cream.
There were gift baskets filled to running over with Christmas themed items to enjoy in the three weeks leading up to Christmas day.
All fourteen of us!
Friday, December 02, 2016
I wasn't sure if Hertsje would enjoy doing this as much as I do, so was pleasantly surprised that she LOVED it!
It even had lights on it that worked!
So, I brought that upstairs and put it in front of the window in the guest room.
It's a very sparsely branched tree, so we shall continue to make ornaments to hang on it.
Obviously, we have a loooong way to go!
Because we are ALWAYS crafting around here.
This particular ornament was made on Monday, but lately it isn't just on Monday that we make things.
This one we just came up with on our own.
If you can't tell, it is a monster snowman with A LOT of eyes.
Do notice that the monster maker has THREE eyes.
I'm always thrilled when children can easily follow directions and make something recognizable.
I'm also equally thrilled to see children come up with their own ideas for things and have the freedom to do it!
The two of us have a great time creating things, but I'm guessing that is obvious.
Inside there were video games and football on TV.
The Lion's won!
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Today is also her Mommy's birthday, so Hertsje made a cake for her.
A yellow cake with cocoa fudge frosting.
This girl is GOOD at baking.
She can even crack the eggs without getting little bits of shell into the mix.
I still struggle with that.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Our house actually works the best with fall colors, so we do not like to rush that on out of here.
But, since it is very likely that after an unseasonably warm Friday this week, snow will be headed our way for Saturday.
That means I must be ready for winter things.
And if I must be ready for that, how could I NOT do so with my decorating also?
I found these itsy bitsy skaters this summer.
The four actual figures are metal.
They are already skating on a new rink made from a tiny mirror.
It's also time that I brought up my snowmen mugs and dishes.
That always makes me sooo excited.
I have no idea why that is, but it's true.
And see that bottle brush tree below, the one with the tiny bead ornaments on it?
I found that on sale at an antique mall for a great price.
The very same mall had newer bottle brush trees for sale for a whole lot more than I paid for this one, and the tag even told me that the star on top was a recent addition.
So, once the grand kids have their fill of playing with these trees, I'll be putting them all around to make the inside a winter wonderland too.
I found the Dutch boy cookie jar to match the Dutch girl cookie jar that I have had for a few years now.
I had to wait for him to go on sale, so I wasn't sure he would still be there when I went back for him.
But he waited! He waited for ME!
My very own Dutch boy said that I could have him for Christmas if I wanted him that badly.
And I did.
I'll put a bow on him or something.
So everyone will know.
I say this every year.
It rarely happens.
But, I don't let little things like that stop me from being hopeful for this season.
You just never know.
Someday it may happen, and if it ever does, I'll be ready for it.
You don't know either.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
I woke up feeling icky and cold-ish.
But Famke reminded me late in the afternoon that we still hadn't make anything yet.
I sort of felt like we HAD made things, because we had filled the dining room table with bottle brush trees, deer, snowmen, and a few cottages, BUT, she pointed out, she could not take those home with her.
Over the weekend I picked up a couple of Christmas rubber stamps, so I see a bit of stamping in our Christmas crafting future too!
I cannot take credit for it, as it was taken by Jonge, who has a great eye.
After trudging through the woods at John Ball Park for our annual Fall Family Photo, we trudge back out to a play ground in the park where we also celebrated Daughter-in-law2's 30th birthday!
So what is so embarrassing about that, you might ask?
Well, it has to do with the CAMERA that Jonge used to catch this fabulous shot of his little brother and his cousin sailing down a twisty slide together.
Not this past summer, but the summer before I was sitting in my driveway with my up north sister while we watched the kids all playing happily together. A few of them where watching a cicada shed its skin on a nearby tree.
I had my GOOD camera on my lap when I made the ridicules decision to stand up. My camera fell straight down onto its lens on the cement driveway.
From that moment on I could never get it to focus again.
After monkeying around with it for a few days I started to believe that what I have always thought was indeed true.
I just cannot have nice things.
So, I put my camera into its case like a body wrapped in a shroud and closed it into a drawer-like crypt.
Then, fast forward nearly a year and a half and my computer catches a virus which wipes out all my picture files. I'm not happy about this, but I remember that I just cannot have nice things.
Daughter asked if I wanted her to take my computer to Son-in-law to see if he could wipe it clean and maybe attempt to save the files.
As she left she said she might as well take my camera too and he could also look at that.
He did those things.
He eliminated the virus from my computer, but could not get beyond the encryption.
But the camera?
There wasn't anything wrong with it.
Nothing at all.
It had just slipped into a setting I had never used before when it fell.
So there you have it. I am a blooming idiot.
This comes as no surprise to Son-in-law, but he is a good man and didn't say that. At least not to my face.
So, YAY, I have my camera back!
But I'm feeling like my fragile self-esteem has been encrypted with the "blooming idiot" virus, which may also be difficult if not impossible to remove.