Advent Activity Calendar

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

I was inspired by the advent activity calendars that I saw on so many craft blogs last Christmas so as November drew to a close I sat down with my daughter and made a list of activities we could do as a family. It wasn't easy coming up with 24 ideas that we'd be able to work into our daily schedule but we got there and it has been a roaring success. G wrote all the activities on index cards in her beautiful 6yo handwriting and we placed each card in a numbered red paisley envelope. I cut down a cardboard box, covered it in white wrapping paper, dressed it up with a ribbon and we were done. That makes it sound like a much quicker project than it actually was, G was determined to write every card herself so we did it over the course of a day doing just a few cards at a time. Truthfully, I was pretty over it by the end of the day but I am glad we stuck it out and I adore seeing her handwriting each time we open an envelope.

Today's activity is making rice shakers for the kids to play with when we are at the in-laws for Christmas. I've got plenty of toilet paper rolls, rice, christmas wrapping paper and contact set up so that we are ready to start when G gets home from school. Hopefully we'll be able to get it done in the precious window of time before babies need feeding and bathing!

A long time between drinks

Sunday, December 10, 2006

It has been far too long between posts, I never really got the blog properly underway before it slipped into the ether of my 3rd pregnancy. I had so many pojects and plans for 2006 but the one I am most proud of and excited about when I look back on the year is the only one I wasn't anticipating.

C was born on October 6 and it has been delightful to watch her grow over the past 9wks and to see how wonderfully her big brother and sister have taken to her. We knew that G would enjoy having another baby in the house but J has taken us by surprise. He is very proud of his little sister, taking everyone who comes to the house by the hand and leading them down the hallway to the bassinet when she is sleeping. He coos over her, kisses her softly on the cheeks and comes to find me as soon as she starts crying to let me know that she needs me. He is a very gentle little guy and with his 2nd birthday this Sunday we want to make sure it's extra special for him. That means cupcakes and bubbles... lot's of bubbles!

I finished the castle quilt, it is all hand pieced, quilted and bound and J loves it. I still haven't embroidered a dragon against the main castle wall yet but I need to get hold of something other than DMC cross stitch thread to do that. My attempts so far have resulted in lot's of shredded thread, it just doesn't hold up to being pulled through the batting.

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