The tree was a gift from our neighbors at the Christmas tree farm. Someone apparently cut it, but didn't take it and pay for it (who does that?!). They left it in the aisle! Our kind neighbors gave it to us (thank you!). We used the bottom branches for our 4-H projects and used the rest of it for our tree this year. Reusable gift bags and new stockings. And a quilt I made to hide Audra's larger present. We do four presents: Want, Read, Make, Wear. Plus they have some presents from each other and some from our extended family.
The loot (furniture is specifically just for her old fashioned clothing):
Our barn hasn't been properly excavated since it came done yet. This means we have a ridiculous sized puddle that apparently doubles as an ice skating rink. A perfect place to dress up as an old fashioned poor orphan and skate the day away. She's wearing the new 'peasant dress' that I made her.
I can't pretend doing Christmas cookies and gingerbread houses is my jam. It's a big mess and takes forever with cleanup even taking longer. I like efficiency and this isn't efficient at all. But, they loved it, so I did it. I think I need a prize for agreeing to make all of it from scratch. Sugar overload anyone?
Me: "Kids, today is the last day before rain ruins our snow. Get out there".
The three personalities of xc skiing, birth order edition...
1) Youngest: Not really interested in moving. Maybe try a bit. Whine. Ask for a push, tug, something.
Me: First afternoon with no work and no plans in a long, long time and this basically took the whole afternoon. Is it bedtime yet?
I barely took photos, but we are thankful for the 50 friends who joined us for our 10th annual Country Kids party. (We do one community party for charity instead of birthday parties.) Weather was perfect. Games, snacks, conversation and donations to Make a Wish Maine. The highlights seemed to be the Four Corners name that movie game.
Pretty proud of this one. Our church found out about a single mother who wasn't getting much support for Christmas and decided to change that. Her littlest girl is somewhere between 1 and 2 and loves sloths. I talked my kids into letting me have this adorable sloth that is basically brand new because they never played with it. I made her three bow/skirt outfits. I made them stretchy enough that I think a little one can dress it herself. I hope this little one will squeal with delight when she opens this!
"You should spend 20 minutes a day out in nature... unless you're too busy. In that case, you should spend an hour."
We were gifted a bag of quilts (thank you!). Some were intended for crafting because of fraying fabric. I'm all for saving things and repairing if possible, but one of the quilts was too far gone to fully restore. BUT, there are pockets of non frayed pieces that I made these out of! I love them!