Christmas was wonderful this year.
We are so thankful to have our little Mia home, and feeling better.
First we started with sugar cookies.
Mia and Mommy.
Mia going to town with her cookie cutters.
We just let her have her own cookie dough.
Which was good news, for Santa, since she chose to lay in the cookie dough.
Daddy posing for a picture.
Loving on Camye’s perfect little cookies.
Chloe decorating her cookies.
Isnt she beautiful?
Arent they splendid?
We started the day at my Mamaws in West Virginia.
Sorry these pictures are out of order.
This blog could be called the many faces of Pauly.
She knows she is about to open her Tom’s from her Mamaw and Papaw.
Sweet. Sweet. Camye.
LOVE THIS PICTURE.
Paul loving his Mamaw.
Oh and the grand gift of all.
Her precious table and chairs.
Her reaction and Paul’s reactions to Christmas this year were priceless.
She loved her table and chairs!!
Oh yes..I believe this was about the time she looked at me and said.
I am so happy, mommy.
Oh my the preciousness that oozes out of this girl.
Merry Christmas Eve.
Hold on for Christmas Day.
….of the year.
Wow arent my kids wonderful!!:):):)
I am going to do a better job of updating my blog more often. I have become a blog slacker..I will blame it on my dial up and not finding a good app for my Iphone to update from.
* Happy to report Christmas shopping is complete.
* Almost all presents are wrapped.
* Last minute fun baking projects – sugar cookies for Santa and our Gingerbread house from scratch (not sure why I decided to purchase the cookie cutters to cut out my own house but I did, since we dont actually eat our house)
Things I am doing differently next year:
I am getting an Elf on the Shelf.
I am starting Christmas shopping on December 26.
I will do other peoples Christmas shopping but must have money and complete that shopping by November 1st.
I am cutting out two gift exchanges that my family participated in this year.
I am ordering Christmas cards by November 15th …the really cool ones from Shutterfly.
We spent Christmas in Texas with Kennys family. It was a lot of fun and a lot of chaos with 9 kids!!! But lots of fun was had by all.:) I tried to keep to most of my traditions even though we werent home. One of them being opening up jammies on Christmas Eve.
Below is Paul and his cousin Austin…they opened matching pajamas on Christmas eve and were ecstatic.:) Below is my four kids and my sister in laws kids opening their jammies on Christmas eve.
I feel like blogging some anxiety issues out…I am such a planner, organizer and a list maker. I have 3 calenders plus my blackberry that I keep everything planned out on.
I pretty much have my holiday baking, shopping, decorating and wrapping down to a fine art. This year things are different. We are celebrating Christmas with my parents, brothers, grandparents on Thanksgiving and we are leaving for Texas on the 18Th of December and will not return until the 3rd of January. We are going to celebrate Christmas and New Years with Kennys parents, sister and her 4 kiddos and his brother and his wife and little girl…
Soo….my plans are off. Decorating is out..and I have to say I am not THAT disappointed.
This year my grandparents and brother gave me ALL their money to shop for my family from them, because NONE of them shop. Sooooo…I have spent the last week shopping and mostly dropping since I had the worst cold of my lifetime!! But there went alot of my ideas as well.
So here are my plans:
Baking for Thanksgiving must be complete by Monday November 23rd.
Wrapping must be done by Monday November 23rd.
Everyone packed and down to my parents on Monday November 23rd.
Come home on Thanksgiving the 26th, head to the outlet mall at 10pm finish shopping there …head to Toys R Us by midnight to start shopping from “Santa”. My plans are outlet mall, Toys R Us, Walmart, Joann Fabrics, Kohls, and Target. And a lot of Starbucks in between. I would LOVE to finish all that shopping on Black Friday. I think if I stay organized and can function….shop all night and all the next day. I can finish it!!
After Thanksgiving goals:
Christmas Baking done by December 18th and frozen
Christmas Shopping done by December 1st
Wrapped by December 15th.
Not too bad….sorry if I totally bored you!!! I feel better now that I have blogged out my frustrations.
Today is day 5 of being in the house SICK, so far I have sewn 3 purses, started a quilt purse (picture to come..not finished yet), planned another quilt, planned all my christmas shopping, listed things on ebay for extra Christmas spending money, read 4 books, helped the girls crochet scarves for Christmas gifts, taught Camye to applique (interesting since I dont even know how myself..LOL), reorganized my sewing room, watched 10 seasons of Little House and the Prairie and mastered Super Mario Brothers for 200th time.
Anyway…here are 3 bags I just finished. I thought they were pretty cute. The pink and black is actually a ballet bag ( cute pink ballet slipper fabric )for Camye, the americana purse is for my mom for Christmas, and the teal and green one..I think I will carry!!! My mom doesnt get on my blog unless I walk her through it so she is banned until after Thanksgiving (when we are celebrating Christmas with my family) from my blog. I also am going to make her an americana table runner.