Our five Christmases

It started with my parents on the 23rd when we went out to breakfast and then exchanged gifts…

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On the 24th we were off to my aunt and uncle’s house to celebrate with my dad’s side of the family…

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On the 25th we woke up and did the typical present exchange amongst just us…

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Lily picked out this shirt and pink fuzzy socks for me

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And she picked out this shirt for Art

Then we headed to my in-law’s for more food and presents…

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And we ended back at my parents’ for my mom’s side of the family for–you guessed it–more food and presents…

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And then we all slept HARD.

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Wood project

Inspiration struck again. Well, actually, this was the original inspiration anyway but my friend and I didn’t have the time to work together to build it until today…

And here are my chicken scratch plans, with the shopping list in the upper left corner. The only change is my friend decided on using 2×6 boards instead of 1×6, but it didn’t alter the other measurements at all.

It’s a big hit with the kids, and it’s sturdy as all get out and weighs a ton!

Winter Celebrations E-Book

Winter HolidaysI was hoping to get this printed for Lily finally this year (I wrote it last year), but time got away from me again. So instead I created a PDF and I can read it to her on the computer and also share it with anyone who wants it digitally.

I wrote this up because I couldn’t find a single kid book about a variety of winter holidays. I make no claims that this is well written or the end-all to winter holiday books, but it suites our needs just fine 🙂 It covers…

  • Winter Solstice, marking the shortest daylight of the year, old traditions that we still use
  • Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, the traditions and food
  • Kwaanza, the seven principles, and the ceremony
  • Christian Christmas, the birth of Jesus
  • Cultural/secular Christmas, traditions with family and friends

Here is the file: WinterCelebrations.PDF – Hopefully that works for sharing!

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Lily’s new desk

Here are my plans I drew out…
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And here is the finished product…

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…Well, almost finished, once the top sets and the clamps are off it’ll be 10% done.

If anyone is looking to DIY this specific little desk, I made it to fit an Ikea kid’s chair that has a 12″ seat height and an 11″ width, and the lists at the top left of my plans are the boards/cuts needed. I had Home Depot do all the cuts for free, including the chalkboard laminate top, and I nailed it all together at home in less than an hour.

It’s tree time

We bought our tree tonight and decorated it…

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Lily is also interesting to photograph these days.

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Then again, so is Art.

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Good enough 🙂

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