December 14, 2012

Christmas Things

This week has been busy. Busy because I made it that way. If I have too much time to think, it's a bad thing. Your comments on Monday were so needed and I loved them. An "on-edge" pregnant woman (is there any other kind?) isn't a pretty thing...I needed some love to set my mind at ease.  So this week I've been doing some organizing and projecting. We've also been doing a lot of Christmas things because my holiday spirit needed a good dose of peppermint extract.



Yesterday the kids and I went to a production of the Nutcracker. I love this ballet. It was so good. Sophie could barely stay in her seat.  Girlfriend wanted to DANCE!



We made snowmen...with glitter to go along with some snowy books we read. It's so fun to watch them create. They are so particular and want things just so. I love it.





We also made gingerbread houses. I'm just gonna call it...making gingerbread houses stinks. Unless you can find a preassembled one and just have fun sticking on the candy, it's no fun! They're always breaking.  Ugh! I bought some kits from IKEA and to my surprise there was no candy or frosting included. I did not want to go to the store, so we improvised. We used marshmallows and sprinkles and a bag of old M&M's I had. To stick everything on we used glue. They actually turned out pretty cute. They are now on our balcony adding some Yuletide Tidings for the Cardinals. They dig it.





We've also been doing our Jesse Tree tradition every night. We haven't even skipped one, which is crazy. My kids love this. We can brush up on all the big bible stories all advent. On Christmas Eve we read the Christmas Story all together. I love that.



Today we are heading to Target so the kids can buy gifts for each other. They drew names and are keeping it a secret who they got. It's so suspenseful being all three of them. ;) Then to draw out the  festivities we are making our own wrapping paper and wrapping them. Then I will make the kids bless the kids with the job of stuffing all our Christmas cards so we can send those out.



Tomorrow night my shop is closing for the season. I still have some Christmas things in there, but a lot has sold. I'm offering FREE SHIPPING for all of today and tomorrow til 8pm tomorrow night. Just use the code MERRY when you check out! Yay!!!


I better get this show on the road...we have gifts to buy. This weekend we are not doing much...I'm finishing a couple little projects and we are relaxing. We need it. This planlessness has been taxing...our brains need rest and relaxation. :)


Have a great weekend!

xo,
{alicia}

15 comments:

Kate@StillRoomToGrow said...

i am so with you on the gingerbread houses. i had out the glue gun trying to get ours to stay upright! I love those snowmen, I will steal that idea for our next project. my kiddos are digging the art projects this year. have a fun day at target...one of my fav stores to venture out too. Have a wonderful weekend.

Sarah said...

Girl, I'm glad you've been busy if it's helping! I hope you are finding time to rest, too!

Alexis said...

I want to come over, your house just looks like so much fun! We are heading to Target so my kids can get each other gift too :)

Alexis said...

I want to come over, your house just looks like so much fun! We are heading to Target so my kids can get each other gift too :)

jessicaclarke said...

Costco sells the gingerbread houses that are preassembled if you have one nearby

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i love the secret sibling santa. so so cute!!! hope your day was sweet!!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Have a blessed weekend, and praying less "busy" for you. I am just getting around to adding a little Christmas here this weekend. You have a great one!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Next time you talk to Robin tell her how much we love that Jesse tree. It's our favorite tradition..the girls are sponges.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I NEVER have luck with gingerbread houses. Such a great idea in theory. Hah..yours look darling though! I wanna see the finished project!! (I'm so demanding.)

Merry Christmas sweetie. Didn't send out cards this year but if I had you'd have gotten one!

Between You and Me said...

beautiful memories you guys are making....
praying rest and relaxation for you and yours!

Jessica said...

That was a very creative way of dealing with IKEA gingerbread houses!A lady from one of our Hsing groups brought them a few years ago, made up the icing and brought it to the group, on a very hot aussie day, outside!Naturally the icing wouldnt set, the kids got sticky and most of it was eaten on the spot.I have since been told a better way is melted white choc, though i dare say the aussie sun would have done that in too! (And we havnt been game enough to re try it!)Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas:)

Privet and Holly said...

Such preciousness!
Enjoy it all.

Have a very Merry
Christmas and a
2013 full of little
blessings {know
that one is on the
way in April : ) !!

xo Suzanne

Robin said...

Very much missing your sweet blog! hope you and your familie are well.

Jayne said...

I've been checking each day too and feeling worried. Hope all is well. Just know you are missed:)

Elise said...

Sweet Christmas-ness! I'll echo the sentiments of the two ladies ahead of me. Hope all is well with you and your family.
Elise

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