Christmas Stockings…finally finished…


Well….it only took about a year, but I finally finished everyone’s Christmas stockings….with the help of my mom.  Tuesday, Quinn and River all had stockings that my mom made.  Then, two years ago, Tuesday lost hers.  I don’t know how it happened…but I guess, somehow it got thrown away with all the Christmas wrapping paper.  I was convinced that it was lost somewhere in Tuesday’s room.  But, when we switched her room with River’s we took everything out and there was no stocking.  I was so sad that she wouldn’t have a stocking that my mom had made for her.  Then, Escher and Gray came along and they needed stockings.  I rummaged through my parents Christmas decorations and I found two stockings my mom had made for decorations…so they became Escher and Greys.  Then, I found something else she had cross stitched.  I was nervous to try to make it into a stocking….because if I messed up….there was nothing else to use.  But, after some thought and a lot of waiting, I finally did it.  It turned out pretty well.  What didn’t turn out well was my cross stitching with the names.  Oh well…I’m just not a cross stitcher!!

Yule Lads….

The Icelandic Yule Lads have begun to appear at our house…..Everyone has been putting their shoe in the window at night, except Escher and Grey.  Our rule is..if you can’t put your shoe in your window, then you don’t get to put a shoe in the window.  They will probably be ready next year!  I hope you’ve been good, otherwise you get a rotten potato left in your shoe.  I said they should borrow some dirty diapers and put them in the bad children’s shoes!

River turned six….

Yesterday River turned six.  I can’t believe it. We had a fantastic weekend with lots of parties and fun.  Yesterday we got to have our “small” family party.  We put up the tree and put on the lights.  After dinner, we started to decorate it.

It seems like just yesterday we were bringing our new little bundle of joy home from the hospital!

Embrace the Camera….Christmas Tree Shots

Every year we do our Christmas tree shots…as always…I forget about it til the last minute.  By the time we took them this year..the tree was so dry and droopy.  Right after the photos..I ripped the tree down and dragged it outside…..all the decorations are finally put away!!

December Recap…..

Okay..I can’t believe it is already 2012 and I haven’t posted anything yet.  I feel like time is getting away from me!!  I need an extra week to catch up with everything.  December was a whirlwind and thankfully no one gotten eaten by the Yule Cat…for which I am always thankful!!  Every photo I took in December was blurry..I think our camera or the battery or my photography skills are slowly dying….

Tuesday’s birthday came and went.  She turned 14….oh my..I can’t believe I have a 14 year old child!!  It really seems incredible.  She is such a great person and I love her so much.  She is more than I could ever ask for….she helps me out so much with the babies and around the house….I don’t know if it is due to my great parenting skills or what..but she is turning out to be a fantastic human being!!

Christmas was here and then not here and now I am still cleaning up from it all…Christopher got me a super fancy serger for Christmas.  I have never used a serger so I am going a bit crazy trying to learn all about it.  I am determined to learn everything I can about all its wonderful capabilities and then use those skills to make many many wonderful things…or at least a bib or two.  So, hopefully next week I’ll get back into the blog swing of things and be posting on a daily basis!!  Until then….happy new years……

Waiting for Santa on the firetruck…..

In our town, every year, Santa comes on a firetruck and hands out candy canes.  They have been doing it since I was a little girl.  But when I was little, Santa handed out an entire box of candy!!  Not anymore.  This year, they said Santa would come on Thursday or Saturday.  So, that meant that we had to hang out and wait for him to arrive….possibly for two days.  On Thursday, after school, we started to hear the fire we ran outside and waited and waited and waited…no Santa. And it was freezing.  Tuesday was wearing my shoes and was not properly dressed.  The babies weren’t properly dressed….and did I mention it was cold!!  We went inside and waited by the window….with the babies wrapped in blankets.  We waited and waited…for what seemed like hours…finally we heard the sirens getting closer and closer…and he was on our street.  Then, right before our house, he turned the corner and was gone!!  The sirens got farther away until there were no more sirens.  So much for Santa coming on Thursday!!  So, on Saturday we waited again..all day…until it was about dark..and then he finally came!!  By then, it was so cold I didn’t even bring the babies out!!  River was so excited when he finally came!!

New Years Eve….. is New Year’s Eve….and it has been a quiet day around here..which is fine with me!  After I took pictures for this post…I realized it was connected to my New Year’s Eve post from last year…..strange how things work out….

One of my favorite gifts that I gave this year…..was taking some of my mom’s drawings and watercolors..and getting them framed and giving them to my children, my aunt and one of my brothers.  It is something I had been meaning to do for awhile now….and after I took the photos..I noticed that I had ended the year, last year, with a drawing my mom had done.

So, as I look back and reflect on the past year…..I think it was a nice year, a quiet year….a more gentle year…..the year before I had so been waiting for it to end… this year was calmer…but every year is a wonderful year…with my family….and with loved ones….so Happy New Year… everyone…..enjoy……love……live…..