Sunday, December 30, 2012

more of tommy's mischief

I started off so well this month, and then the craziness of two craft show and traveling the weekend before Christmas hit and one the many things that didn't get done was blogging!  Anyway, I couldn't leave you thinking that Tommy was still stuck in our copier, so here are the rest of his hiding places :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

so far this week...

Tommy discovered the copier the other night.

Last night I let the kids eat my gingerbread house...

This is what it looked like before...

and after.  They were bouncing off the walls after dinner!

To make up for his earlier mischief, Tommy helped my sew some aprons last night...

Here are some of the ones I am working on for my last craft show on Saturday. 
The holiday craft show season has been fun, but I am ready for a break for awhile!  Maybe I will actually get some of that sewing on my personal "to make" list done!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

catch up

Here is where the kids have found Tommy 3 of the past 4 mornings (I totally forgot, and left him sitting on the shelf Sunday night, oops!)

There has been a little bit of running around and a lot of mess making around here the last few days.  I am sewing aprons for my last craft show this Saturday, as well as trying to squeeze in some Christmas sewing.  I keep meaning to take pictures to post, but it just has not happened.  I am also trying to decide what to do about the fact that Blogger is not allowing me to upload my pictures without exporting them from iPhoto and making them smaller... my non-technically-savvy-self is dreading the idea of trying to move my blog, Why can't Blogger just work the way it is supposed to?

I am off to hide my elf!  Maybe one of these days I will actually have something interesting to post!

Friday, December 7, 2012

tommy and emmy

Why is it that Tommy is still smiling, even when he's all tied up and held at gun/sword point?

It's been awhile since I shared a picture of this  cutie.  She's 4 months now.  She is the happiest little girl ever, always quick with a smile :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012


Looks like Tommy found our new keyboard... too bad it wasn't plugged in :)
In addition to the fun of hiding our elf, Tommy, we have a few more things that we are doing to celebrate this advent season.  Every night after dinner we light our advent wreath and read a chapter in Jotham's Journey.  This, I think, is the most important part because it is what reminds us why we are celebrating this season.  We are celebrating the best gift ever given in the history of gift giving- Jesus, our Messiah. 

The boys used the boxes from our Playmobil advent calendar to make their own Lego version...
It is the nativity scene.  Each box contains another item to add to the scene.   I love this!

And, lastly, I couldn't resist this cute little advent count down.  I picked it up while we were in Maryland at the little Swedish shop down the road from my mom's house.  The hedgehogs at the bottom are my favorite part :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

elf spotting

I had hoped to post about what our family is doing for Advent this year (besides hiding this silly elf) but it just didn't happen today, hopefully tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Our kitchen has been in a state of flux since Emmaline was born.  Our cozy, eat-in kitchen was getting a bit too cozy with 8 people now to fit around our little 4-6 person table, and since our dining room table typically looks like this:
eating in the dining room (schoolroom/craft room/office) really isn't an option.  So, for the last 4 months I've been moving furniture, measuring, and perusing the Ikea catalog in search of some inspiration for how to make our kitchen work a little better for us.  I picked up this dresser at Ikea while we were in Maryland and I think we found a way to better use this space. (this is what our kitchen looked like before.)

I also finally bought some curtains for the kitchen windows.

And the other big kitchen purchase was this 4 slice toaster.  Really we should have gotten one of these a long time ago!  Preparing breakfast goes so much faster with this!

Totally unrelated, here is where we found Tommy this morning :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

happy 10th birthday, Micah!

Micah is 10 today!  My little boy is growing up!  He's saving $ to buy a kindle (he LOVES to read!) so there were not a ton of presents this year, but he did get a pocket knife (and a couple things from his siblings too).

In other news, we got our Christmas tree last night and I guess Tommy (our elf finally got a name) couldn't wait to start decorating and got tangled up in the lights!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

elfish mischief

Our elf (who is yet to be named) has been getting into some mischief around here this weekend.  First, he heard we were going to decorate ginger bread houses on Saturday and he got into the candy and tried to make his own ginger bread house!
And this morning the kids found him hanging from the ceiling fan!
What will he do next?

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