I’ve been meaning to write. I had all these projects to tell you about. I made fun gifts, created new decorations, went on an amazing trip, and celebrated with family.
And while it would have been fun to keep you abreast of all the happenings, sometimes you have to be content with a recap.
Let’s start with this little guy who followed me home from Dubrovnik.
I love his worried eyebrows; he was too precious to leave behind. And since he was so cute, I figured I’d change things up and have the nutcrackers on the mantel. The girls were surprised that I could fit them all. Lined up and soldierly, they look rather magnificent. And then with the wing walls open, I moved in some little trees and animals.
When Baby Girl got home from school, we went out with Papa Willy and found a beautiful, gigantic, 12-foot tree to cut down and decorate. Somehow along the way, I lost my oomph. The mantel, pillows, the tree, an entry table, and I was done.
The dining room table featured a few Christmas Baubles. (Carmen Heffernen’s pattern is a free Ravelry download.) I told Baby Girl I was making sweaters for Christmas ornaments. It started as a project for work, but it’s totally addicting. I was able to use up tons of bits and pieces from ancient projects. A word to the wise, use plastic balls. Just before Christmas, Sweet Miss and the Fella upped the game with a gingerbread house kit. With four mini houses, Baby Girl and a friend joined in the fun.
Christmas Eve was amazing. Sweet Miss told us months ago to keep the night open. She invited the Fella’s mom and friend for dinner, and then–surpise!–it was a “Ho, Ho, Ho Homicide”. We were all part of a murder mystery party with reindeer, elves, and Santa. With antlers and festive gear from the dollar store, we had a lot of fun and looked great, too.
Both of the girls mentioned Christmas PJ’s as one of their favorite traditions, and I made sure I had them done early. This year I went with school themes. Who knew pajamas could cause such strife?
While Cocoa didn’t enter in to the fight, Sweet Miss and the Fella did give her an extra special present to tear apart.
In the way of other handmade gifts, Baby Girl put together a book filled with yarn shops to visit around the country and the world. Sweet Miss was a little nonplussed with her “Red, Riding Hood” hat/scarf, but I think her students will love it. MeeMee looked fabulous in her Capelet, and my sister-in-law looked fearless in her Wonder Woman Wrap.
And now, Sweet Miss and her Fella have driven back home. Baby Girl is attending an architecture conference, and we are preparing for the new year. I have pictures from our week-long trip with the family to Costa Rica, but we’ll save those for another time.
Wishing you much love and laughter, time with family and friends, joy and God’s blessing in 2019 from Kim at the Big White House on the Hill.