Thursday, December 31, 2009

A holiday review

Our holiday time has been full. We stepped away from books, computers and schedules and really took time to relax. Staying up late, sleeping in, PJ's past noon. We also sprinkled in lots of time to ski, skate, toboggan, read, knit, watch hockey and play games.
We started with a winter solstice dinner that was simple and enjoyable. The girls asked lots of questions about the solstice and why we have such short days where we live. It was simple informal learning and quiet enjoyable family time.
As we moved into the holidays we spent lots of time together. This Christmas Eve we were all healthy. Last year we had sick kids.
After the girls were in their Christmas Pj's, we spent time reading and singing together.
On Christmas morning we spent time doing our devotions together and reading the Christmas story before opening presents and having brunch.
Of course we eventually got to the much anticipated gifts and stockings. Papaya wore the Santa hat all morning. She absolutely loves it.
With a few dog lovers in our midst, we made sure that there was a special treat under the tree for Jesse.
A few handmades made it into the Christmas mix. Each girl had knit socks in their stockings. They also had one handmade present under the tree. Here is Boo-boo's doll quilt.
This is Bugsy's new bag. She loves it and thinks the colors are perfect for her. Why are we not surprised at her checking it out like an ostrich? Notice the knit socks?
Papaya got a new bag too. This one only got finished on the 23rd! The original one I started got tossed because it simply was not working and I couldn't save it. So under a time crunch, I finished this in 1-1/2 hours. It came together nicely and she has been using it regularly.
Then we had ooohs!
And aahs!
And sheer delight!
Here's hoping that your holidays have created some special memories, helped you find moments to relax and drawn you closer to Jesus, who came as a babe, for our salvation.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

picture play

I was bored! Well, not really!
More like in denial.
About 30 inches to the left of my elbow,
I have a mound of paperwork that needs attention.
Really! Who ever wants to do that? Why does it pile up so quick?
So, instead of doing what I should.
I did what felt better!
I played in Photoshop Elements for a little while.
I really have no idea what I am doing there. But it was fun.
Here is a picture of two people I love.
My oldest brother and my mom.
It was taken in this summer on holidays.
So much fun!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

a doll quilt

I had a little bit of leftover fabric and whipped together a little doll quilt for my youngest. This project was really fast and came together well. All my girls still love playing dolls and what better than a little bit of love to wrap them in.
I went completely unconventional and threw on a bright border. The blue is actually in the quilt in a few places. It seemed a little more fun than more orange or yellow.

One more handmade done for Christmas. Speaking of which, since all my kids are asleep, I have one more to finish. It's starting to feel a little last minute!

Friday, December 18, 2009

extremely relieved

I got up early and baked those cookies
Then we had 11 girls decorating about 12 doz cookies
Afterwards there were lots of smiles
Lots of sugar, icing and mess
I spent about an hour de-stickifying my kitchen

Then I had my belt testing
I was so nervous at the start
My throat was dry and I could hardly swallow
My hands were sweaty
At the end we had to sit and wait
While the master and 5 senshi's went out of the room for 20 minutes
I would like to think they were having coffee
But they came back with comments for everyone

I am an orange belt.
I expected, hoped for yellow
But got promoted one belt more than I thought to orange


Thursday, December 17, 2009

belt testing

I have my first belt testing in karate
I am a little nervous
It has been a long time since I have been tested in anything
College days are long gone you know!
Should be interesting. Maybe nerve-wracking.

To take care of the nerves,
I have arranged a cookie decorating party for the girls in the morning
I haven't even baked the cookies yet
The cookie batter is in the fridge
And since I like them much better fresh
I will get up early and bake them first thing

What are you doing?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

the catch all

This bag will be under the tree this Christmas for our oldest daughter. I hope it will be the bag she grabs as she goes out the door. Maybe to throw in her snack, water bottle and vest for skating. Maybe to throw in her tap and jazz shoes on a Saturday morning.
The bag is quite roomy. The finished dimensions are 13x12x10" (without the straps). At first it doesn't sound big but it should easily hold the things she will need it for.
The polka dot fabric actually has blue dots on it. For some reason they seem really white to me in the pictures.
I found the pattern called "Daisy Dazzler" in the Quilts and More Fall 2009 magazine. You can find a link to the pattern online.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

a christmas wish

Papaya had a very specific Christmas list.

She was worried that we wouldn't have anywhere to put our stockings. The stockings that are hung every year on the railing/banister of our stairs. So she wrote a quick wish and gave it to her Dad.

In the spring we had replaced the carpet in our living room and upstairs. However we never put our banister back up because my husband's busy field season was upon us.
The "wish list" from our daughter was the incentive he needed to get started on the project again. I figure it is better the kids encouraging him, then me nagging. So, with the help of a friend, who is a contractor, from church they hauled out the tools and started to tackle the project.
Here is what it looked like for the last 7 - 8 months.
Here the bottom plate and main post are getting set in.
Then a days work is almost done as they, okay friend, place the last spindles. The work isn't really done. The railing is just primed white and we need to decide exactly how we are going to paint it. Any suggestions?Here is our "Chief Inspector". She had her magnifying glass out and was a helpful little girl to the gentlemen that were working.
And here is the answer to a little girls wish.
The stockings are hung by the stairs with care,
in hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

another one done....almost

I am trying to tick the things to do off my Christmas list.
This is one of those projects.
And it is almost done.
This is my last pair of Christmas socks to knit.
I will be glad when it is done.
After that only a few more small sewing projects and I should be done.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

a few little smiles

This afternoon I tried to clear my head a little bit.
So I took my camera and headed outside.
Sometimes with photography things work out just right.

And for reasons I can't even totally explain right now, I LOVE the above picture.
It is straight out of camera. I love the colours, the mood and the expressions.
I took a few others.
This one picture absolutely cracked me up though.
Really, who has a dog that blinks for a picture?
I got the proper shot of them both looking, but this one is so cute.
Should run, my kleenex box is calling!

daughter's observations

"Mom it looks like you want Christmas to come pretty bad!"
"Why's that?"
"Because your nose is red like Rudolph's!"
Haha, I seem to have a comedian in the making.
Good thing they make us laugh.
As for right now,
regardless that I am physically attached to my box of kleenex,
I think I am going to bundle up,
go outside
and get a little sun.
Anything has got to beat being stuck inside feeling yucky.

Monday, December 7, 2009


I am stuffed....
Not with food,
But in the head
This is my second head cold this winter.
I normally don't get sick and I definately don't get it twice.
I've gargled
Taken Vitamin C
Even Cold FX
Washed the hands
All that jazz
But it didn't stop me from catching it from the hubby,
Think I need to head to bed early.
Guess it is better now than Christmas.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

mini recital

There was a few little girls and a boy
In a little recital
In a little ballet studio
In a little town Bringing smiles
On a cold winter evening!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

new advent tradition

Here's our newest tradition.
I splurged a little and bought this advent truck.
It has 24 drawers in it.
To count down the days until Christmas.

Our girls were very excited this morning.
With 3 girls and 24 drawers the math works out perfectly.
They will each get 8 turns opening a drawer.

Each drawer will contain a little something.
Maybe a chocolate or eraser.
Maybe a bible verse about the Christmas story.
Maybe a little task of kindness.
I only have 6 days done,
even though they don't know that yet!
The drawers are small too only 4 cm x 4 cm.
Any ideas would be great!
Then this afternoon we put on music
and they spent time painting some Christmas decorations
made out of a baked dough.
Messy but fun! The perfect day!