Skip to main content

Thanksgiving Weekend Report

It was a good Thanksgiving. Small, but good. Just our little family and Brendan's brother Mike. Who had just had his wisdom teeth out. Yea, it was pretty much Sunday dinner with a turkey and pumpkin pie.

Ellery started her Thanksgiving off a day early by breaking into the pumpkin pie. Brendan moved it off the kitchen counter and onto the kitchen table long enough to wipe down the kitchen counter. He turned around for a second, turns back around and there's Ellery, sitting on the kitchen table with a mouth and two hands full of pie. I wish he had taken a picture. It's her new favorite thing. She ate absolutely everything- turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, even more pumpkin pie. She even ate the leftover deviled eggs filling spread on bread.
It was probably her best day ever.

Anna, on the other hand, ate bread with butter.
That was pretty much it all day.

I spent most of the long weekend getting crafty. Instead of working on Christmas presents like I should have, I got a little wrapped up in Christmas decorations. It is the traditional weekend for Christmas decorating, after all.
Peg People Nativity
I painted a peg people nativity- something that has been on my list since last Christmas. Anna painted a couple of extra pegs to add to the nativity.
Anna's People
According to her, they are her and baby Joseph.

Soft Trees
I crossed Soft Trees off my list as well. Ellery loves them.

I also started a Santa wallhanging inspired mostly by this. The top is all done- I still have to quilt it and bind it.
Santa Wallhanging
And a close-up of my favorite Santa-
My favorite Santa
I'm not thrilled with the busy busy sashing fabric. But, since the goal was to use what I have- it's staying. Yes, all three of these projects were created completely using materials I already had. Little scary, isn't it?

Even with all this Christmas crafting goodness, I was just not feeling in the Christmas spirit. The whole thing was making me feel more than a little stressed and sad. Wishing for more money and more time. Just not feeling the Christmas love. Then Brendan snuck out on Saturday night and came back with this-
A real actual (plastic) six foot tall Christmas tree. Ever since we've been married, all we've had is a two foot tree- oh, the joys of student housing. This summer when we packed up everything we owned and put it in storage- I gave away the tree. I figured a two foot tree was not worth possibly moving cross country. The thought of making due without a tree or buying another two foot tree was part of why I was feeling so grinch-like. Brendan knew that and found this great tree on sale. It was sweet and adorable and has made me so much more excited for Christmas. A tree we can actually put some presents under!

Anna is thrilled, as well. She helped put the tree up and decorate it.
Ellery is fascinated by the lights. She was also thrilled to discover the candy canes we added since the pictures were taken. Out of necessity, the candy canes are now all on the top half of the tree.

I have decided that under the tree is looking pretty empty. I think a tree skirt is definately needed. A handmade quilted tree skirt perhaps. So many possiblities. I'm thinking something like the final tutorial but with replacing the log cabin blocks with foundation pieced blocks like the Santa's in my wallhanging. Santas, stars, trees, little Christmas cottages along the border of a white on white print tree skirt. Something resembling the inspiration for the the Santas. Am I crazy? Too cutsey? I've got a little while to think about it. I've committed myself to not starting on it (not even fabric shopping) until I get some serious work done on my crafty Christmas presents. There are not many of them but time is kind of slipping by quickly.


Gwendolyn said…
I literally laughed out loud at your blog post today! My nieces are the cutest. At least I am tall enough to reach the candy canes. ;) I have to say how lucky I am to have you as a SIL and truly believe you bring at not only the best in Brendan but the others around you. I love you! Wish you guys could come up but hopefully we can figure out a time when you can....if weather is good what about the 18th-20th? Weekend BEFORE christmas?
Love ya!
Jennifer said…
I love the peg people! They remind me of how Little People were when we were little.
Me said…
Yay! I'm happy you are happy again, gj Brendan. You're kids are adorable, the tree looks great (I especially love the big star) and your crafties are so fun, love them as usual.

Popular posts from this blog

Momma's Got a (kind-of, sorta) Brand New Bag

I must be some sort of sadist. It seems the work and stress of getting a family of five all packed and ready for a big trip isn't enough for me. It's becoming tradition to also try and make myself a new complicated bag right before we leave. There was the Supertote before Disneyland. This time around it was the a messenger bag right before a 4,000 mile road trip.

(Photography and photo styling by my 10 year old, Anna.)

 There was really no choice, though. My everyday Supertote is a year and a half old. It was definitely looking it. The handles were all frayed. One of the magnetic snaps had ripped out. It was dirty. It just would not do. I tried stores. Everything was too big, too small, too strappy, not strappy enough, too ugly, or too expensive. I guess making my own bags has made me pretty dang picky when it comes to purses.

This one, though. This one is pretty much the prefect size, the perfect strap, the perfect fabric, and plenty of pockets.

Pattern- Campfire Messenger B…

Something A Little Different

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that for my birthday this week, I got a weaving loom of my very own. Specifically, a 15" Cricket Loom. There was some major happy dancing involved.

Feeling a little nervous. #cricketloom #happybirthdaytome A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jul 28, 2016 at 7:06am PDT

Now what do I do with it? #cricketloom #happybirthdaytome A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jul 28, 2016 at 7:41am PDT

WooHoo! Thank goodness for the many YouTube videos which got me here! A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Jul 28, 2016 at 10:39am PDT
I spent all morning on my birthday watching YouTube instructional videos, putting it together, getting it warped, and starting my very first handwoven scarf using bits and pieces of yarn leftover from other projects.

Today I finished it.

Sure, it's got some issues. The edges are a bit wonky. The fringe went all fuzzy when I washed it. But, I love it. I love how thin and drap…

Ellery's Baptism and the First Day of School

Exciting times around our household in the past week. This Saturday, Ellery was baptized.

Almost time to go! #baptismday #eightisgreat A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Sep 3, 2016 at 9:10am PDT

And after. It took two tries-her toe popped up. #baptismday #eightisgreat #familiesareforever A photo posted by trinasdoings (@trinasdoings) on Sep 3, 2016 at 1:03pm PDT

She was so happy and excited. It was a great day.

And then, today, the kids finally started school! Hallelujah!

The local school district went back to school like two and a half weeks ago. We've all been anxiously waiting for their charter school to start.

First grade for this guy and an empty house for me. Every summer I let his hair grow wild so that I can enjoy his curls. I was all ready to give him his standard back to school haircut until we went to meet his teacher. She went into raptures over his curls. So, they stayed. We'll see how long they last now that he has to face a squirt bottle and a bru…