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Christmas in 14 Photos

Many, many games played-

 Heading out for Christmas Eve dinner-

And Grandpa's birthday-

One of the best meals of my life at The Melting Pot-

Followed by a little walk downtown with hundreds of other people (not pictured)-

Christmas morning-

Freezing our butts off at Utah Olympic Park-


More Squeee-

Ellery being really impressed by the art museum-

Sam being not so impressed by the art museum-

And my goal for 2016 is now to pull out my real camera more. There was so much more that I just didn't bother to get a picture of. And the few real camera photos are all kinds of better.

School Programs

Whew....It's been a busy week.

4th Grade Medieval Festival-

(She's jousting.)

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade Showcase

Plus there's been dress rehearsals and performances of A Christmas Carol for my husband every single night, a nasty lingering cold and missed school for Ellery, the second week of a new job for my husband, and all the normal making Christmas craziness. I am so taking a nap tomorrow. And then making some more Christmas.

I Guess Snow's Not All Bad

Most of the time I curse the snow. Sometimes, though, I go begrudgingly to take out the trash and it smacks me over the head with how beautiful it is. So I end up standing outside in 6 degree weather, without a coat, taking pictures of my trash can lid. Pretty little snowflakes.

Supreme cuteness

While I still maintain that preschool Christmas programs are indeed the cutest thing ever, kindergarten Thanksgiving programs rank really high on the cuteness scale as well. There's not much that can compete with construction paper hats and paper bag costumes. Maybe hedgehogs taking a bath. Nah, that's still third in the supreme cuteness rankings. I mean, just look at this-

The cuteness is almost too much to handle.

Quilts for Babies!

I know I've said it before, but I will say it again- I love making baby quilts! So quick and fun and full of sweetness. They make me squeal. Really. I finished these up a couple of months ago, but just handed them over the the expectant moms today so I can finally share them.

First up, a simple 9 patch full of girly fabrics. I liked the nine patches. Then I added the polka-dot sashing and fell head over heels in love. Seriously, grey polka-dot sashing. I may need to make a bigger version of this quilt to keep for myself.

Next up, a sweet spectrum quilt for another soon-to-arrive baby girl. Inspired by this one.

Looking at these pictures, I kind of like how everything is linked together. The leftover sashing from the first quilt became the binding on the second. Some of the scraps of the butterfly dress Ellery is wearing above made it into a pictured block in the first quilt. The quilt on my bed right now and the second quilt have the same backing. Both quilts have scraps from t…

Staying Warm

Every year, about the time we rake up the first fallen leaves, I have a minor crafting freak-out. Winter is coming, people! And it's going to be cold and dark and last a really long time. Did I mention it's going to be cold? Really, really cold? Any in-progress project gets set aside for a frantic crafting of warm things. This years freak-out tally- two hats and a quilt.

These don't belong to anyone in particular. I made them to toss into the communal box of warm, wooly things. Thanks to stretchiness, pretty much anyone in the family can wear either of them. Sam has taken to wearing the polka-dot one to bed. Guess I need to make another one in a less girly colorway.

Pattern- Polka Knot Hat. A quick and fun knit. I did cause myself some grief by choosing a cheap mystery yarn from the bottom of my stash that had absolutely no stretch at all. It made those knots pretty hard to do. Also, I want a pompom maker, desperately.

Pattern- Buck's Hat. Great pattern. Unfortunatel…

Halloween 2015

Sheesh. I think I'm going to need a week to recover.

Friday night we carved pumpkins and watched Halloween movies.

Saturday morning we went to the Farmer's Market for some fun Halloween activities.

Or, activities that sounded fun until you actually try to do them with three children.

After that, we fulfilled one of Anna's lifelong wishes.

Not the most graceful mount ever.

Sure, it was only a couple of laps around a farm stand set up in a vacant lot between a bank and a gas station. But, to her, it was the best thing ever.

Ellery loved it too.

Sam went from "I don't want to fall off!" to yelling "Giddyup" in about five seconds flat.

Then we came home for lunch and a little rest. Which turned into lunch and playing in the neighbor kids' backyard. 

Finally, it was time to put on costumes.

Sam wanted to be a spooky ghost. A costume that only takes a $4 sheet, about 10 minutes of sewing, and a 30 second face paint job? I was all over that.

Ellery …