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2009 in review

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2009 was an exciting, challenging & memorable year for us. We have so much to be thankful for and have truly been blessed this past year. Some of my favorite moments this year include:* My hubby moving his office closer to home (only 5 minutes away)* Our twins turning 1 and watching their little personalities starting to blossom* Experiencing Aubrey's zest for life, her love of books & all things girly* Expanding & improving my sewing skills. My favorite project is a toss up between the … [Continue reading...]

Grocery Store

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And last but not least my very favorite project (see here and here for others)...The Little Leeson's Grocery StoreI really wanted Santa to give all 3 kids something with "wow" factor, but wanted to make sure it was something we would get lots of use out of. My inspiration came from the Leaps and Bounds Grocery Store, but for several reasons I knew I would not be bringing that one home.I unlisted the help of my wonderful hubby, convinced him this was a good idea, explained my vision and put him … [Continue reading...]

Doorway Puppet Theater

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Continuation from Santa's Workshop post.Doorway Puppet TheaterI got this next gift idea from HearthSong and knew immediately this would be a perfect gift for Aubrey. I am always thrilled to find toys that don't clutter up the house (ie. take up too much room or require lots of parts) and that allow her to be creative. However, I didn't like the price or the design so I decided to make my own.It really was an easy project and it came together quickly (about 2-3 hours total) and it is completely … [Continue reading...]

Santa’s Workshop – Paper Dolls

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This Christmas Santa & his elves (aka Mommy & Daddy) were very busy crafting, woodworking and sewing gifts for our little ones. I knew I wanted some personalized gifts that the kids would get lots of creative play from. While searching for that perfect gift I stumbled upon several ideas and like always muttered the famous "Oh, I can make that." Luckily we finished everything in the nix of time (4 am Christmas morning to be exact) but it was all worth it. The kids love their gifts and I … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Wreath

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It's 3 am and I am waiting on my printer to finish printing the 183 page document I need for work before 9 am tomorrow so I thought I might as well be productive & catch up on my blog.Here is another one of our cute Christmas crafts we have done this month. We used a paper plate, green paint, construction paper, glue, red pom poms & red ribbon to complete this project.I let Aubrey paint the plate green while I cut out the holly leaves. I had originally cut the plate first, but then realized … [Continue reading...]

Frosty the Snowman

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We have been doing several Christmas crafts & this was one of our favorites. I will also always remember this craft because it has a funny story to go with it (although it was not funny at the time!)While outside collecting branches for the snowman's arms my lovely almost 3 year old decided she needed to lock the front door. Needless to say I spent the next 10 minutes outside in the cold trying to coach her how to unlock it, yelling at her do "unlock the door, NOW!" and wondering what on earth … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Traditions

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One of my favorite things about being a parent is having the opportunity to create memories & traditions with our kids. As a child one of my favorite Christmas traditions was building gingerbread houses. My parents love this time of year & there are so many special memories to choose from, but I always loved the gingerbread creations my family would create. Now these weren't just any old houses, they were elaborate works of art (I wish I had a picture to show you). Sometimes there would be … [Continue reading...]

Reindeer Treats

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I saw this really cute idea for quick and easy Christmas cookies and we decided to try them the other night. This was a GREAT cookie project for the kids since it was simple & there was very little mess, which mommy loves!All you need to make these yummy treats are:Nutterbutter cookiesVanilla icingChocolate chipsRed M&M'sMini pretzelsSpread a small amount of icing at the top of the cookie and put the pretzel on for antlers. Add the chocolate chips for eyes & the M&M for the nose and now you … [Continue reading...]

Muffin Tin Monday – Christmas Breakfast

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WOW, I can't believe I haven't posted anything since Nov 18th! We have been busy! My sister got married, hubby & I got to take a week cruise w/out the kids, and the holidays have officially arrived and kept us running from one thing to the next.Anyway, I was excited to finally be able to do a muffin tin meal and participate in MTM. I didn't check the theme until this morning, but was thrilled to see it was "Christmas Breakfast." One of my family's favorite Christmas traditions is Christmas … [Continue reading...]

Watch Me Grow

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I got this idea after visiting a friend who recently had a baby. They had purchased a wooden growth chart to display in her nursery and measure her milestones. I love the fact that it isn't permanent (like the door jam, where my hubby's family measured their height) and that we can use it for all 3 kiddos.Like I all too often do I uttered the famous "Oh, I can do that" and 3 months later finally finished the project. Now this is a VERY easy project and should only take a few hours to … [Continue reading...]