Thursday, December 23

Leavin' on a Jet Plane

Sing along with John Denver and I...

We're on our way to Washington! Pardon the quiet on the blog the next few weeks...I'll try to do a few updates here and there, but no promises! We'll be busy visiting lots of family and friends, so stay tuned to hear all about our adventures when we return home in January.

Until then, wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Under the Tree part eight

Today I'm showing you the gifts the girls made (with a little help) for each other this year. Simple little skirts with a ribbon trim along the bottom. We followed this tutorial over at Oliver + S for their Lazy Days skirt. Quick, easy, and cute which made it the perfect project for little ladies to sew on mama's lap!


A neutral color for easy pairing with tops and a nice length, too! The girls love them...I can see more of these in our very near future!

Wednesday, December 22

Under the Tree part seven

Mmmm...fresh baked cookies! Some frosted yummies and some chocolate chip ones, too. I made these without a pattern...doesn't take a ton of skill to trace circles!

I promise I'll make some healthy things, too! There are some sliceable foods on my to-do list along with a peel-able banana!

Tuesday, December 21

Under the Tree part six

Mmmm! Watch out McDonald's...you've got competition now! I made up both the chicken nuggets and the fries after spending way too much time Googling, Flikring, and Etsying! These fries were done on the machine and were much faster than the fries pictured with the hamburger.

Monday, December 20

Under the Tree part five

Well, the gifts are all unwrapped in apartment 804, but I still have a few things to show you so here you go!

Hamburger and fries anyone? More felt food under the tree! The hamburger I made using this pattern, and the fries I made up after checking out lots of felt food pictures on Flikr and Etsy.

Sunday, December 19

Reading and Writing


Merry Christmas! We're celebrating in Alaska today. Lots of fun so far! These are probably some of my favorite Christmas pictures so far. This is the first year the girls were big enough to write their own gift labels. Stacy wasn't keen on having hers photographed, but here's Kelsey's handiwork.



And most impressive to me was the fact that they both were able to read all of the "tos" and "froms" from immediate family on their gifts this morning! Kelsey was able to figure out gifts from close friends as well...goodness, they're growing up!

Friday, December 17

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.


From the Holiday Program



Thursday, December 16

The Whittier Twelve Days of Christmas


Written by the high schoolers and middle schoolers at Whittier Community School and to be performed tonight! Props to be used are in red.

Whittier Twelve Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas, Whittier gave to me, a raven in a spruce tree.
(small Christmas tree, Mandy’s raven puppet)
On the second day of Christmas, the Mayor gave to me, two thumbs up and a raven in a spruce tree.
(Lester himself)
On the third day of Christmas, the school gave to me, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a rave in a spruce tree.
(student holding up his test scores)
On the fourth day of Christmas, the BTI gave to me, four working elevators, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a raven in a spruce tree.
(elevator poster)
On the fifth day of Christmas, Mother Nature gave to me, five feet of snow, four working elevators, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a raven in a spruce tree.
(two yardsticks taped together, white butcher paper cut to look like snow, 5 ft. deep)
On the sixth day of Christmas, the city gave to me, six hydroponic systems, five feet of snow, four working elevators, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a raven in a spruce tree.
(a bucket from the hydroponic systems)
On the seventh day of Christmas, the sound gave to me, seven pounds of shrimp, six hydroponic systems, five feet of snow, four working elevators, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a raven in a spruce tree.
(shrimp on the scale poster)
On the eighth day of Christmas, the D.O. gave to me, eight portable heaters, seven pounds of shrimp, six hydroponic systems, five feet of snow, four working elevators, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a raven in a spruce tree.
(heaters or heater boxes)
On the ninth day of Christmas, the tunnel gave to me, nine tunnel tickets, eight portable heaters, seven pounds of shrimp, six hydroponic systems, five feet of snow, four working elevators, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a raven in a spruce tree.
(nine tunnel tickets)
On the tenth day of Christmas, the railroad gave to me, ten trains to block me, nine tunnel tickets, eight portable heaters, seven pounds of shrimp, six hydroponic systems, five feet of snow, four working elevators, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a raven in a spruce tree.
(train poster)
On the eleventh day of Christmas, the pass gave to me, eleven days of howling wind, ten trains to block me, nine tunnel tickets, eight portable heaters, seven pounds of shrimp, six hydroponic systems, five feet of snow, four working elevators, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a raven in a spruce tree.
(wind poster)
On the twelfth day of Christmas the community gave to me, twelve big smiles, eleven days of howling wind, ten trains to block me, nine tunnel tickets, eight portable heaters, seven pounds of shrimp, six hydroponic systems, five feet of snow, four working elevators, three passing test scores, two thumbs up, and a raven in a spruce tree.
(smiles poster)

Wednesday, December 15

Under the Tree part four

Whew! I've been wanting to share this for awhile, but it's one of those projects you have to work on when the kiddos aren't around and there's not a lot of that time to be had around here! I suppose that's why it seems like I've been working on it forever, when really it's taken me only 4 Wednesday nights (Scott has fire meetings on Wednesdays, so I don't feel guilty working all evening!). Please pardon my less than perfect photos...daylight's pretty scarce right now!



I painted the roads, trees, flowers, etc. onto the canvas, then stitched clear vinyl pockets onto it. I solicited photos from family, took photos, and searched photos on the web. I plan to add to it as we go, but for now we've got everyone's house, the Camas DQ, Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Sam's Club, our local library, Kelsey's school, Fishie Grandma's school, and a few others. The pictures will be laminated and then the kids can customize the mat for playing by swapping out the photos or just rearranging them. After I hunt through my kajillion photos I can add some places we visited this summer (clam beaches, dog sled rides, the Sealife Center, etc.).

I hope they'll have lots of fun with it...

Monday, December 13

Under the Tree part three

These items aren't actually under our tree, but we've made them to put under some of our friends' trees. I bought the blank board books on EBay. Apparently it's been long enough ago that I can't remember/find the seller I used, sorry! Anyway, each of our little friends gets two books. One about his/her favorite things, and a counting book. The counting books are pretty basic...I wrote "1 one", etc. on the bottom of the pages and the girls selected the appropriate number of stickers to affix to each page. For the "favorite things" books, we brainstormed a list of the recipient's 10 favorite things, then I collected line drawings from Google which I then traced into the books, then the girls colored them using permanent markers. Here's an example of how cute they are!

Merry Christmas crafting!

Friday, December 10

Under the Tree part two

Here's another felt meal...pancakes and eggs anyone? I made up the pattern for the pancakes, and used the pattern from here for the eggs since it printed when I printed the rest of the hamburger pattern!


{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.


Wednesday, December 8

Under the Tree part one

Since most of the gifts under our tree this year are handmade by me, I thought I'd give you a peek at what I've been up to. One of the tings I've recently become obsessed with is felt play food. There are soooo many fun options out there! I've been working on several different sets, but this is the first one I've completed. The pattern is from Amanda at Snazzle Craft.
Makes you want to have a sandwich with some chips, doesn't it?

Tuesday, December 7

Family Photos

Ok...I'm a little ashamed to admit this, but this is the first official photo of the four of us since Stacy was born! She's 3 1/2 in this picture! You know I had great intentions of having portraits done each year near the girls' birthdays, but in the end I'm always pretty happy with the pictures I take and pronounce them "good enough". And I'm cheap...but you probably already knew that!

Soooo...last November a photographer friend asked if she could take pictures of the girls to broaden her portfolio and I jumped at the opportunity! They appeared on last year's Christmas card. So when it came time to make this year's Christmas card it only made sense to ask her again. She was so kind to come to our place to do and we got some really cute pictures...in spite of my kids being a little onery that day!

Here are a few of my favorites...and look for one to appear on a Christmas card in your mailbox soon!

Friday, December 3

{this moment}

{this moment} - A weekly ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Inspired by SouleMama.
Our 'Jesse Tree'

Wednesday, December 1

Nothing to Post

This window's been open all afternoon while I've been trying to think up something clever to post. Obviously, inspiration hasn't struck yet! What I'd like to share with you are some pictures of the girls playing dress-up at school this week. As the result of a long chain of events, I'm substitute teaching in the preschool class all week this week. There are some wonderful role-playing outfits in the room this year and the kids have so much fun (and look so darn cute!) in them. Unfortunately my poor, addled brain hasn't remembered to bring the camera to school yet! Maybe you can cross your fingers for me to remember tomorrow???