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Sunday, December 25, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I'm not naturally an early riser but kids will force you to do all kinds of things that don't come naturally.
Henry is in the habit of getting up at 6:00 am. And twice in the night, I should add (insert sympathetic awwwws here).
On a school morning this just means that I have more time to get things done before school starts. And I don't mind that at all. On a Saturday, I guess it means I can blog. Or make pancakes. Or amuse Henry (quietly) while everyone else is asleep
But this week I realised that since Henry was born, I've slept in once. ONCE. It was at the cottage this summer and it was only because I requested it and then Hope kept wandering into our room to ask me questions. And no one stopped her so I just gave up and got out of bed. So it didn't really accomplish the happy mood I was looking for.
a little a lot played. I guess since I'm the one who always gets up with him, it's become the norm around here. And sometimes when a norm is established, it's like turning a laker to change it.
On the upside, I like to watch the sunrise and see the birds arriving at the feeder and I like the quiet in the house. On the downside, it's becoming obvious that I don't have a lot that's worthwhile to say at 6:00 am.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
As a result of this merry-making attitude, I planned to decorate the house in time for First Advent. Yeah, that didn't happen but I did get everything up by the night of November 30 so that everything was properly festive on December 1. I finally got the lights finished on December 3 (I wasn't as motivated that way when the temperature was hovering around zero but after it went up to something like ten degrees I climbed the ladder again for the last tinkering and plugging-in of the outdoor lights).
I have a treasured collection of Christmas decorations. They go out every year although I often move them around to try different locations and looks. Some years I can have them closer to the ground... other years (like this one) they need to be way, way up away from Henry's fingers.
I loved how Cathy gave a tour of her Christmas decorations so I'm going to do the same. Take note - these decorations wouldn't likely make a design magazine - but they have a lot of sentimental value and that makes them much more meaningful to me than a colour-coordinated Christmas.
The dining room table: new Loblaws Christmas-themed table cloth. I pulled out all my candles and realized I had a good collection to create my own advent row of candles. However, they needed something to sit on so I whipped out some Christmasy fabric and made this little runner. Much better.
|Advent candles on the newly-sewn table runner.|
Top of the piano on one side: This snow-woman is a favourite in our house. I picked her up at Winners when Emily was a baby and she has to be the most popular Christmas decoration among the kiddies. They take turns walking around with her. Her little purse even has chocolately finger prints on her. And of course, more candles (it's an unintentional theme this year).
|Candles collected along the way. The snow-lady and her grubby purse.|
|This year's Playmobil Advent Calendar.|
|The words on the picture say "peace on earth".|
|Our messy hutch. Lots of Christmas going on here.|
|I still can't help seeing the mistakes I made but love it nonetheless.|
|You'll find these in many Canadian homes. Pretty popular in the 80s.|
|Another cross-stitch I did. I love me a Christmas cross-stitch.|
|I love the poinsettia here among some of my favourite Christmas do-dads.|
|One of two piles of Christmas books.|
|My favourite nativity scene.|
|Some window decals the girls love.|
|A back-of-the-toilet display.|
|Still one of my favourites.|
|Another back-of-the-toilet display.|
|I like how the mantel turned out this year.|
|Cheery snowflakes to welcome Omi and others.|
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
My hair has been very long for at least two years now. And it's time for a change. Later this morning I am going to a salon SANS LES ENFANTS and getting partial highlights, a cut and style (thank-you Groupon). I am drooling at the thought of being pampered for two hours.
The After: (warning... this post gets really whiny and pathetic from here on in)