Five (four?) days before Christmas, and my creative juices are flowing. Why do my best ideas seem to come at the last minute? I won't have time to pull them all off, but I'm going to at least attempt one or two. I'll share them with you after the holidays since sharing them now might ruin some Christmas presents!
Here are the girls at the Gingerbread Tea last week. We decorate gingerbread houses, stuffed gingerbread ornaments, and traced Heidi into a gingerbread that is hanging on the inside of our front door. It was a fantastically fun, free, and a very well executed event by Tenth Presbyterian. (I hope they do more stuff like this regularly!)
I found this cute baby in the photo album at my parent's house on Thanksgiving . . .
. . . who bears a slight resemblance to this cute baby.
I don't think they necessarily look alike (Heidi's cheeks are bigger), but a lot of Heidi's expressions remind me of that first baby. Anyone want to guess who the first baby is? Hint: it's not the girl in the swing.
(It's my younger brother, Derek.) Here's another one.
Here's one from Christmas 1986: me, Ryan, Derek.
Here's Lydia and Heidi a month ago.
Sometimes family resemblances are just too funny . . . and maybe a little bit scary, too (in a good way, I think). =)
This little lady is on the move . . . and into everything. Heidi's especially fond of paper and cardboard. All that wrapping paper on Christmas will probably be more exciting than anything wrapped in it.
I ordered my Christmas cards on Black Friday but have yet to receive them. I even already have the stamps. Too bad the envelopes are with the cards or I'd have them addressed and ready to go out the door. While I wait, here are some pictures of my silly girls at the park in recent weeks.
We could probably live on the swings.
Buy-one-get-one Starbucks Holiday drinks. Lydia liked the Peppermint Mocha.
Tomorrow it begins: using my Jesse Tree as our Advent calendar! I introduced you to it last winter, mentioned it once, and then pathetically updated about it in April. Well, it is done (and actually has been done since before Heidi was born). I am posting the final product here for you if it will so inspire you to create your own at some point. I still have the patterns (i.e. essentially cardstock cutouts I made) which I may be motivated to scan if someone wants them.
Since my first tree attempt literally fell apart, I purchased this guy from Crate & Barrel (with my 15% off coupon). (Apparently this tree is already no longer available online even though I just got it last week.) It's twelve inches in diameter and twenty inches high. Mine is a little crooked, but it just gives it character (and resembles my real Christmas trees that are almost always crooked).
I'll post my Jesse Tree: Celebration of Advent for you here along with …