When I go too long without blogging, I forget what I like to write about. So sorry for being somewhat MIA.
We finally decorated our tree. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is having the opportunity to make stuff. I have never been in a Relief Society that has done a crafty Super Saturday, but I'd love to....I'd be willing to move again just to go to one of those. In the meantime, I do my own thing. Here are my latest ornaments... my young women said they looked like fungus.And some of my favorites from the past few years...Several years ago I made this snowman advent calendar. This year, rather than put a piece of candy in each pocket (and have the kids fight over it), we put one Christmas activity in each pocket. That way, we have something Christmas-y to do everyday...and its mostly working.
I love this wire art hanger (from Pottery Barn Outlet)...here it is somewhere between Thanksgiving turkeys, winter snow flakes, and Christmas pictures.One thing I've learned from these projects--they have to be done out of love. In the past I've tried to do homemade projects to save money, but its rarely cheaper to do things on my own, and the projects are rarely as cute or nice looking as store bought things. I do projects because I enjoy doing them.
We are sticking to a rather tight budget this year. I've been very thankful for hand-me-downs. I just pulled out some 4T things for Nathan, all hand-me-downs, and I love it cuz I don't think I'll have to buy him anything this winter (and the stuff is in great condition--he's such a cutie in his new stuff!). My friend Jessica passed along some toys we plan on giving Christmas morning (blocks, doll, leap pad...). How cheap am I? I hope someday I can pass along things after my kids are done with them, but I'm not sure anything will survive the four of them! I do love knowing that kids' things, whether I've bought them or just used them, have been well worn, well used and well loved.
Happy Holidays! Are you in the mood yet?