Thursday, December 18, 2008

Why does Christmas always come at the busiest time of the year?

Some reasons I haven't posted a blog post in nearly a week.

First: It snowed. A bunch. And it's going to keep snowing for the next week. Which means a lot of shoveling. I have to admit I'm still sick of shoveling from last year's snow.
But it looks festive and at least it makes it feel like Christmas outside. I wouldn't mind the snow if I could stay inside all day and just look at out the window.

Second: Busy kids.

Here is making the annual gingerbread house. I loved making gingerbread houses growing up, but my mom was the one who had the frustration of making and cutting out the gingerbread pieces, making the frosting and trying to hold the structure together.

I still remember this angst and wasn't ever too excited to fill the mother-role in gingerbread house construction.

Then, along came gingerbread house kits!! My brother-in-law gave us one two years ago and we loved it. And a new tradition was born. I love the ones from Costco. Ten dollars and all I have to do is open the wrapper and it's ready to go!

We are definitely not in it for the delicate beauty, but for the fun (and the sugar), so I just let the kids run with it and try to keep them from eating too much of the candy right away.

Third. My turn to be in charge of the family calendar. (This is a tradition that goes back about 25 years when my mom would literally cut [with scissors] and paste [with a glue stick] a calendar grid together and mount a 5 x 7 photo on the top page.)

I thought I was so clever when I decided to do it all digitally. Instead it took me hours of frustration trying to figure out the Costco website and get it to upload my photos, then having everyone resend higher resolution pictures, etc.
At least I have it all figured out finally and it should go much faster next year. :)

Other fun things I've done this week: finish online shopping. Finish store shopping. Finish teacher gifts. Wrap and package all of our out-of-state shipping and overseas Christmas cards. Stand in line at the mail place to buy postage from the world's most meticulous [read: slow] employee while my boys were going crazy and try to keep them from doing any damage I would have to pay for on top of my exorbitant bill.

And finally, I'm posting something to do with quilting. An actual finished project!

The finished Boyfriend quilt sample for the store where I work. This quilt was so named because it is all plaids, a little more masculine, and something you would give your boyfriend (or any other particular male or female you desire. Or yourself.)

Quilted and washed and ready to go.
I love how it turned out and I love how soft the quilt is when it's washed and quilted.
Now I just need to make one for myself!Some time after all of this fun busy-ness calms down.

2 comments:

Laurie, the girls and Scott said...

I love the boyfriend quilt and lucky you for the snow. Merry Christmas!

Lisa said...

we've been in snow and ice for almost a week now. It's fun for about 4-5 days but now I'm ready for it to melt. At least until January. I shouldn't complain... it is absolutely beautiful!
I love that quilt... I can picture it in a log cabin near a warm and cozy fireplace.
Merry Christmas!