Posted by J on Saturday, December 18, 2010.
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Tonight we went to see the Christmas lights drive through display a couple of towns over from where we live. The kids loved it. I loved it. It was so nice to get out and do something that wasn't too spendy (10 dollars for the car load) to spend time together.

Knitted stockings 2010

Posted by J on Wednesday, December 15, 2010.
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Knitted stockings 2010, originally uploaded by bridgetroll.

Finally finished the stockings for my friend's family. They are even stuffed with goodies and packed up into a box and ready to go. Amazing. Hoping to ship them out very soon, however, I don't like to make firm plans like that (like giving an actual date I'll ship them) because well, I have three kids, the stomach flu is going around, it's winter, and I have a chronic illness. So...we do things day by day around here.

Kickin' it old skool

Posted by J on Monday, December 6, 2010. Filed under: , ,
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I've actually never made these before I must have gotten the wrong type of applesauce cause these took a heck of a lot more cinnamon that I thought it would. I'm very happy with them though. I painted them with white paint so they would look like they were frosted cookies. I had the idea to make food ornaments to decorate a tree in the kitchen.

When we happened to get a Rosemary tree I was super excited since it went with my theme. So I dried out some thinly sliced orange slices in the oven over night and hung those along with the apple sauce ornaments on the rosemary tree. I still had a little bit of the brown ribbon left over (that I also used on the popcorn wreath) and tied that on the top. I'm sorta in love with it, and it smells really good!

Quick Recycled Gift Bags

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These are actually random boxes we had around the kitchen. Some cereal boxes, granola bar box etc.
I cut off the "flaps" wrapped them leaving about 2 inches overlap at the opening, tucked that in, punched some holes and threaded a ribbon through. Much cheaper than buying gift bags, and much more sturdy!

Krumpet The elf

Posted by J on Sunday, December 5, 2010. Filed under: , ,
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Every Christmas we have an Elf visit our home. His name is Krumpet and he is a trouble maker. This morning we found him hanging in my bird house and evidently, the threw candy canes all over the floor. 

The kids were thrilled, candy canes for breakfast!!!

another hat

Posted by J on Saturday, December 4, 2010. Filed under:
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Popcorn, it's not just for eating.

Posted by J on Thursday, December 2, 2010. Filed under: , , ,
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This is a wreath I made to hang over the kids' play kitchen. The bonus is after we are done using it for the season we can put it up outside to let the birds pick at it. Maybe. Unless I read something between now and then about the dangers of hot-glue and birds, then I won't.

Anyway, I just cut the center out of a paper plate and glued the popcorn to it and added the brown bow. I think it looks pretty cute!

snow and sleep

Posted by J on Wednesday, December 1, 2010.
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I am so tired. I think I really messed myself up by staying up until 3:30AM to buy yarn on Cyber Monday. I was doing so well before that I was in bed every night by 11:30!

I felt nauseous most of the day, which happens to me when I don't get enough sleep. I was up until 2, got up at 6:30 got the kids off to school in a very bad down pour. I got home around 8:30 and took a nap with the baby until 10. When we got up the rain had turned into snow!

I had to pick the kids up at 1 (half day today) and I didn't even flip out about having to drive in the snow. This is a huge step for me. The roads were...not good but not too bad either, very slushy. I was grateful that the day was short and that I didn't have to go down the mountain any later than I had to. Got the kids home and we watched Rudolph together, and baked our first batch of Christmas cookies. I guess I did pretty good on a few hours of random sleep. I've found with my condition I need to have at least nine hours of straight sleep, which is hard to come by with small children and a very over active mind (mine) it takes me a while to get to sleep. So I guess I'll miss Top Chef All Stars but, thanks to my DVR I can watch it in the morning.