Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gingerbread Houses

 Gingerbread House-Making has evolved over the years for me.  Eight years ago I was baking my own gingerbread, cutting the house pieces with a knife, making hard-tack candy for stained glass windows, inserting a light inside the house, creating a door that really opened, made my frosting from get the picture!!
 Fast forward to 2012 and it's pretty pathetic!!  Enter the pre-baked gingerbread house purchased from the craft store and the GLUE GUN!!
Yes, glue gun!!

 It's only a few days until Christmas and my children are finally out of school.  They only care about putting candy on the house and I ran out of time.  It was lots of fun anyway - and NO STRESS!!  The glue gun worked amazing (I know you are all cringing, as am I!)

 The children got to create and mommy wasn't hovering making sure they looked picture perfect.
 Ryan's roof was made out of Captain Crunch Berries Cereal!

 They turned out cute and the children could not tell all the corners I cut!  Gingerbread House Making Day....check!!

Holiday Boutique

 My 8th grader is going on a class trip to Catalina Island.  I like to have my children "earn" their money for camps and trips.  We came up with the idea of sewing items and selling them at her school's Holiday Boutique!  We should have started sewing before December but we got it all done! 
...and the boutique was held on the COLDEST day of the year!  BURRRRR!!
 We made all these cute zipper pouches.

 ...and Ruffled Tote Bags.  Ella and I split the work almost 50-50.  She is a great sewer, pinner, presser, and ruffler!!  Oh, and she choose all the fabrics!

 We also made taggies, sunglasses cases and other little pouches.  She's almost earned all her money!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"Popping" in with Richie

This morning we found a trail of popcorn leading to a popcorn explosion with Richie right in the middle of it!!

 There was popcorn everywhere!!  Oh Richie!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Girls Weekend in SLC

This past weekend we went to Salt Lake City for a girls weekend.  My mom, my mother-in-law, my daughter, and I all met and stayed in a hotel.  It was a picture perfect weekend.  It lightly snowed everyday.  We felt like we were in a movie!  The main reason for the trip was that we had tickets for the Mormon Tabernacle Christmas Concert featuring Alfie Boe - our FAV!!!!
 We walked around City Creek and WE GOT TO MEET ALFIE at the book signing!!!  We talked to him, took pictures and he touched my hand!!!!  I was floating!!!!

 We got to play the Mormon Tabernacle organ.  It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life!  The lady giving the noon recital let a few people come up and play the organ.  It was amazing.

 A quick stop to the Western Nut Company for some goodies
 Then on to the Nauvoo Cafe for the WORLD'S BEST Turkey Pot Pie.  It really is to die for!
 The lights everywhere were spectacular!  Such a beautiful place - especially with the snow falling.
 Finally it was time for the concert we had been waiting for.  I can't even put it into words - it was AMAZING.  I don't think I took a breath during the whole thing.  Alfie Boe is FABULOUS!!  I didn't want it to end.

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Merry Front Porch

 Here is a peek at my Christmas-y front porch.  I made another burlap banner only aqua and red this time.  (click HERE for the tutorial).
 I first put the word "Merry" on my door and it confused my entire family.  They kept waiting for the "Christmas" part of the saying to show up.  When I explained it was just "Merry" they seemed disappointed.  So, I added the "be" and now it reads "Be Merry".  Confusion ended!
 I love changing what I hang in this old window every season!

 A fun little pillow made of different trims.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Taylor Swift!

 December 13th is an exciting day in our home - Taylor Swift's Birthday!  Last year we threw an actual Birthday Party!  We invited all the Taylor fans we knew.
When the guests walked in they got a spritz of Taylor's perfume, Wonderstruck. 

 Next we made Taylor Swift Christmas Ornaments!
Everyone wrote a birthday message on the sliding glass door.  

 Then it was time to sing Happy Birthday (yes I am very cheesy).  We had cheesecake, Taylor's favorite :)

 Finally it was time for the funnest dance party ever!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Keeping up with Richie the Elf

Richie the elf has for sure been busy!  He got into the rubber stamps and stamped a note.  The note said to look in the mirror.  Hmmmmm, why is Richie holding a red marker?  Oh!  Once we looked in the mirror we noticed we all had Rudolph noses!  (My 13 year old thought she had the world's largest zit....poor thing)

Then Richie was found sitting in one of the Christmas trees fishing for goldfish with a candy cane fishn' pole!
 We found Rapunzel tied to the mistletoe and Richie hanging from Rapunzel's long braid.  We think he has a crush on Rapunzel!  This confirms our suspicions :)

This appears to be a double date we happened upon one morning.  Here Richie is playing mini Uno cards with Merida, Flynn and Rapunzel.  Looks like Flynn and Rapunzel must be back together after the mistletoe incident!

 Flynn Rider is sooooo handsome!!