Friday, December 9, 2011

Seven Quick Takes Friday {December 9}

It snowed on this day 31 years ago.  I woke up to find Grandma and Grandpa at my house, a blanket of white snow on the ground  and Mom and Dad gone to the hospital for the birth of my third sibling.  I was hoping for a girl.  I was 10 years old and knew I would get to (hahaha, get to! ahhhhh the sweet ignorance of youth!)  have the baby in the same room as my sister and I if it was a girl.  I'd daydreamed about helping with changing diapers and giving the baby bottles.  I was ready.

The baby was ready too, however, the baby was not a girl.  Dood was born that day.  Folding cloth diapers, helping with bottles and supervising Dood became a regular part of my routine (I said a regular part of my routine, not a happy part of my routine, just to clarify mom, I'm not trying to glamorize things here!).  He was adorable, even if he had chosen to be a boy.  He was a huge part of my life.  I was totally okay with having Dood around (although Mom might tell a different

Fast forward now 31 years and Dood is a Dad and has his own life far away.  I understand his need and desire for the life he has chosen.  I am proud of the man he has grown up to be, but I miss Dood!

So here are my seven quick takes, on Dood, for this Friday, December 9:

  1. Born on a snowy December day in 1980
  2. Not a girl
  3. Towhead that has turned into a towhead with a red beard... go figure
  4. Spell Check does not like the term "Dood"
  5. Hates cold weather, despite being born in it
  6. Loves warm weather and running around in his underwear (hahaha...jk)
  7. An honor to have as a brother and a friend
  8. Deeply missed and loved.
Happy Birthday Dood!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happiness is... {living nativity scene models}

Linking up at the Happiness Is... Blog hop at Rub Some Dirt on It today!

Happiness is the laughter that comes from the memories of Christmas' past...

home made Santa Bobbers

Christmas gift

Amazing, Awesome and Cosmo
Christmas 2010

 And the joy that comes from new memories in the making.
FW:Nativity models!

November 28

Happiness is anticipating a Blessed Christmas Season!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Ornaments past (crafting)

Linking up at Living LIfe Intentionally Today!


The first Christmas Daddy Y and I spent alone together was 14 months after we were married.  We had decided to move far from home to where we knew no one and didn't have jobs.  It was exciting and terrifying all at once.  For our first Christmas, we didn't have a lot of money, but we went to a tree farm and selected a modest tree to bring home.  Because this was also our first Christmas tree (we'd hadn't had one our first Christmas together), we really didn't have a lot in the way of ornaments.  I owned a collection of Berta Hummel ornaments that my Grandmother had given me, but they left the tree pretty sparse.  We decided that to supplement we would make ornaments and so we went and bought a package of clothes pins.  Daddy Y already had a box of assorted model paints and we decided those would work just fine.  What a fun day that was.

Since that time, we have accumulated quite a lot of other ornaments, but these little soldiers and their wives along with their chipped paint come out every year as a reminder of our humble beginnings.

We both love to create things.  Many Christmas' since we have made ornaments with the kids.  Often times they have been prefabricated ornaments picked up at places like Hobby Lobby and Micheal's that the kids personalized with their own paint.  Sometimes though, we've felt a little craftier and come up with other options.  Here are some that we really enjoyed making:

"Sugar Cookie" ornaments

These were discs of recycled cardboard.  I traced peanut butter and jelly lids on the cardboard to make different sized circles to cut out.  Then I painted them gold on the front and back with acrylic paint.  After that I cut slits in the side at about 1/2" intervals all the way around the circles.  I gave the discs along with strips of Christmas colored yarn to the kids (including a 5 and 2 year old) and demonstrated for them how to slide the yarn into the slit and wrap it around to another slit.  When they came to the end of each string, I tied a knot at the end of the yarn and called them done.  I was surprised at how cute these cheap little ornaments turned out.

"Santa Bobbers"

These were Daddy Y's idea.  We bought bobbers, cotton balls, googly eyes, sequins and white pompoms.  Awesome, Cosmo and Amazing were cracking up putting these guys together.  They couldn't have been simpler and each one had it's own personality.  They have definitely stored this Christmas memory in their brains forever.

"Painted Glass Ornaments"

These were very interesting to make.  We simply purchased plain glass ornaments and acrylic paints (well, let's be honest here... I probably already had the acrylic paints because I love acrylic paint).  They took the end cap off of the ornament and poured in colors of their choosing, one or multiple, and rolled the balls around carefully (VERY FRAGILE!) until the paint was dispersed over the entire inside of the ball.  After this we placed the balls upside down into egg cartons for the excess paint to drip out and the remaining paint to dry.  These turned out really beautifully!

So gorgeous!

Considering the quantity of ornaments we have right now, I don't think we'll be making so many ornaments this year, but we just can't resist making some.  I'm betting that my Cosmo, Amazing and Awesome are going to want to make some of the snowman hand print ornaments I'll be making with the daycare soon.  We're definitely going to have to have a bigger tree next year.

A Nativity and a tree

I can't get enough of this nativity scene my sweet Daddy Y made,
with the help of my little Cosmo and Amazing.

and our cute (very tired, slightly shedding) little 10 year old Christmas tree is up!

With 19 years of Christmas ornaments piled on, courtesy of Awesome, Cosmo and Amazing.
It looked a little like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree until they fixed it up.

And for the first time in years, tons of  December work has been rolling in for Daddy Y, making me wonder if the tide is finally turning.

There is so very much that I'm loving on this Wednesday!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Naptime Giggles

I'm so excited because today I'm being featured at A Mother Seeking today!  Yea, my first feature!  Hop on over and check it out

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I am thankful for children... mine and those on loan to me each day.  I am thankful for lego's stacked to the ceiling and train tracks clogging the floor.  I am thankful for B-I-N-G-O and even more thankful for Tom Petty.  I am thankful for a Cosmo helping his younger sister Amazing with science and children who think math is too easy.  I am thankful for kids who love to create,  washable tempera paints and tiny washable hands.  I am thankful for stories and imagination and for beautiful naptime giggles.  I am thankful for sleeping children and the escape to my Diet Coke.  I am thankful for the afternoon sunshine streaming in my windows.  I am thankful for one on one time with my children and endings to work days.