Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas Eve! I have sugar cookie dough in the refrigerator ready to make into a cookie tree, my dad’s going to make a delicious dinner, and we’re going to drive around and look at lights tonight.  Looking forward to tomorrow!

Our annual work party lights:

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The Gardens on Spring Creek:

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A new tradition, the Nutcracker:

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Snow and “family” pictures:
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and Santa!

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Here we are a year ago: “Holiday lights.”

And when Elena was around Colin’s age! “WW: Lights.”

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Fall Leaves

Two years ago we went on a walk around the neighborhood and I was delighted to find some fall leaves to capture in a shot with Elena.

IMG_5596Now we have our very own backyard full of leaves! I just love having all of these beautiful big trees around, perhaps because of my Oregon upbringing. The kids had such a blast diving, throwing and jumping.

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Now to figure out how one disposes of all of these leaves…

Colin’s almost one!

In honor of Colin’s upcoming birthday, here are Colin’s first 12 months:

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Wordless Wednesday: Bath Baby

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Book display (for kids)

Pinterest keeps reminding me of our lovely wall of kid books in Elena’s old play room (slash my old office).

Quite a few people online have re-purposed Ikea spice racks; putting them on the wall in order to display and store kids books (I’ve also seen rain gutters).  The one I saw painted them white, put quite a few together since they’re small, and touted their inexpensiveness. It’s such a great idea; so cute, colorful, and practical.  And Elena can easily take books down and put them back up.

I showed E the picture and said I can paint them, you can put them up!  But his reaction was very meh; he thought they looked cheap and rickety. For about 5 minutes I was annoyed and frustrated, I want vertical flat books! But while I was stewing he found a happier solution online.  Apparently shelves made to display books, etc. is already a thing, and an inexpensive and attractive thing at that. Here’s a link: Picture Ledge.

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P.S. The old play room/office and Elena’s new room

Elena is 4!

So grown-up, such a darling little terror. Four is looking like it will be a fun age; she’s super imaginative, creative and sweet.  She loves fairies, coloring all day long (very precisely), books, and her family.

Look how little she used to be!

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And here she is now:

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We had her birthday party this weekend.  She IS Tinkerbell, I was instructed to wear purple since I am apparently Vidia, there was wand decorating, pizza eating, coloring, and lots of fun (by the way, Colin’s fairy name is The King).

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Acorns

 

More 3rd birthday party (Thomas the Tank Engine)

For Elena’s 1st birthday party I designed, printed, and mailed invitations in a book theme since that was her favorite thing:

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For her second I designed and e-mailed invitations:

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and for the 3rd I used punchbowl:

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For her upcoming 4th birthday party I wrote to a few friends over facebook messaging and have barely planned anything.  Poor Colin.

While massively pregnant I sidewalk chalked train tracks all over the sidewalk for Elena’s 3rd birthday party.  I have no idea what I was thinking, nesting maybe? I also drew Thomas and made signs.

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There was a “coloring station” and a “loading area” for favors:

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A “dining car” complete with an engine pulling a coal car (grape jelly beans), jobi logs (pretzels), a gravel car (m&ms) and an zoo car (animal crackers).  The drinks included water for steamies and apple juice as diesel fuel.

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E built the train table that goes over the coffee table (and I painted it). I hope Colin likes trains too!

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