Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Macy's and Candyland

Merry Christmas to all of you. Here are a few pictures from our last Christmas outing before we hit the road. We have some major "looping" to do this year to be able to see everyone and fit everyone in. Even as I write this they are loading the car!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A New Phase

Yesterday Aidan had Christmas at Vicky's house, and we, as a family, had a little Christmas celebration of our own. We were planning on going downtown to Macy's Christmas display, but someone fell asleep at the table, so we nixed that plan, and went tonight instead. (Yes folks, it was me!)

One of the gifts Aidan received at Vicky's was a dart gun. He has been having so much fun with it, he even decided to take it to bed with him last night! He also is shooting darts into many places that I don't think they should be shot, but James says this is what boys do.

I did inform them that the first time a dart breaks something, (whether shot by Aidan or James) the gun becomes my property. Aidan agreed to this, and he has been very careful today.

Last night, however, found him on climbing up onto the piano to retrieve a lost dart. I just had to take a picture, he was all dressed in his Christmas jammies, and was so proud of himself, the gun and the careful climbing.

Here he is opening his presents. I have to add, compared to many of our friends children Aidan gets gypped. He gets so many gifts from friends and family that we don't give him very much. As a matter of fact this years gifts were purchased at Mindware's seasonal clearance this summer, and there were a few things Aidan said he really wanted. (In that super annoying, whiny-wanting voice.) So we informed him that if we bought them, they would be his Christmas gift, and he has been patiently waiting for the last 6 months for those two gifts. Honest. I even made him an offer that if we could give those gifts to some other kids on their birthday he could get some new presents, but he declined!
Showing off his new watch, p.j.'s and Star Wars Mr. Potato head from Vicky.

Up we go!


Oh yeah, that's me sleeping. I managed to rouse myself from the table and haul myself down the stairs. I remember opening the gifts, and I vaguely remember half of "A Christmas Story," (until the leg lamp broke.... I think.....) and then apparently James bathed Aidan and they chased each other around with the dart-gun. But I don't remember any of that.)
I'd like to tell you about the gifts I received, but I think that is a story for another day.


Well, almost. I still have a few Christmas cards with missing addresses, and one more batch of cookies to make.... and then I should be done!

I love how the quilts turned out! I took a nap under James' quilt last night. Quite nice!

And who could resist these? Aidan picked out the green argyle, and the rest are for gifts. Did you have one when you were growing up?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A perfect night

Friday night I had one of the best dates ever.
That's right. We had a big night out!

Imagine strolling hand in hand in Linden Hills, while you laugh and eat yummy bakery goods.

Stopping in at favorite shops like Bibelot, Wonderment and the Wild Rumpus...........

Driving around Minneapolis checking out all the beautiful homes in their Holiday splendor.

And last but not least curling up together to look at the Christmas lights, and falling asleep in our special tent.

That's right, my date was with Aidan.

But it truly was one of our best!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Chrismas through the house

I don't often invite people into my bedroom, but you can have a sneak peak! (The picture with the coral background is actually our family room.)

Created with fd's flicker toys

Thursday, December 18, 2008

So what better way to spend an evening? Hanging with two good friends, eating Indian, and enjoying Hugh Jackman, er, I mean Australia at the historic Heights Theatre.

And the evening came complete with a babysitter. Thanks, James.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

More Projects

There really is an end in sight. I am almost done with my Christmas gifts. I might have been done last weekend if I hadn't wasted six hours of my life at the Aveda Institute trying to save a buck or two. My hair looks cute, but my goodness, she used up my whole day!

Fun towels

and potholders. Doesn't it make you want to cook?

This is going to be a quilt for my dad. In his television area he has a funky retro teal and green lamp he found at a junk shop, and so I made him a lap-quilt to match. I love the fabrics in this quilt! I could look at it all day long. And in case you are wondering why there are two fabrics with cars in his quilt, you have to know that we took many, many road trips growing up. All our families lived far away, and after Naomi died and we moved out East we suddenly had so much freedom. We would pack up our car and take weekend trips all the time, taking advantage of all the East Coast has to offer. I have many fond car trip memories, and so I think that is why those fabrics called my name.

This one is for my daycare lady, Vicky. Aidan was on a secret mission to find out what colors she has in her bedroom and report back to me. He was pretty cute about it. Apparently her walls are red and orange. She has lots of great colors in her house.

More pot-holders. They are so fun to make I might have to make a few more. Although I break lots of needles on them. Which is good, that means they are very thick and you shouldn't have any problems burning your hand when you use them.

Towels to complement your potholders.

And last but not least, James' blanket. Now, I know the others I am making blankets for won't see my blog post, but James will. However, I have been updating him on it's progress since the day I bought the fabrics, and I still get the same response. "Oh." It really is beautiful, and it will look amazing in his office. Aidan and I will for sure enjoy curling up under it when we use the computer or watch movies, regardless of whether or not James appreciates it! I also made the same blanket for my father-in-law. I hope he likes it as well.
Well that is about all the news in the project department. I just have to finish binding the blankets and I will be done! But now I better go to bed. I can barely keep my eyes open, so I will be curious to see how many typos I missed and how poor my grammar is at this late hour.

If you are like me,

Then sometimes you can be a little vain.

That's right folks, I bet you're shocked.

One of the good things about vanity is that it usually gets you (me) in trouble and lessons can be learned. Like the time I wanted to save some cash so I dyed my own hair two times in a row turning it purple and it ended up costing me an undisclosed wad of cash, all my natural color, 6 inches of beautiful growth and my pride.

Well, in response to the recent Crest Whitestrips holiday commercial, coupled with Target's enticing offer of a $10.00 gift card with a purchase of White strips, I decided the only responsible thing to do was buy some strips and have really white teeth when I see all our families next week.

Since then I have been whitening my teeth every day like its my job.

On Saturday night after a nice night out with some friends, I thought I would just pop in my whitestrips and then go sing bedtime songs to Aidan. I have a habit of falling asleep in his bed, but this time I thought I was safe. I had downed an energy drink, a latte and some chocolate espresso beans in the past few hours, and usually that would keep me awake until 2:00 am.

Not this time.

I woke up at 6:00 am, contacts in, clothes and make-up on, and one set of white strips on my now raw, bloody gums and hyper-sensitive teeth. (I have no idea where the bottom set of strips went, I imagine I swallowed them. Ugh.)

Are my teeth any whiter? I am not sure. I haven't been able to open my mouth very wide yet.

So please, if you see me this Christmas, please humor me and tell me my teeth have never looked whiter. And the next time you are tempted to buy whitestrips or boxes of hair color, remember this post, and let all my hard-earned lessons save you from my humiliations.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Thanks Kim! We love the cards!

And Merry Christmas to all of you.

Thanks for all your comments over the past year.

You make blogging fun!

Monday, December 15, 2008

The things we do

Tonight we have a VIP guest blogger. (that would be Aidan.) He proudly took all of these pictures for me yesterday. Rumor has it, he is getting his own camera for Christmas, so maybe maybe he will have to start his own blog. I am sure he is sick of the way I spin all his stories too.
(For those of you wondering what on earth I am talking about, click here. Your life will never be the same.)

Not bad for a four-year-old, eh?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The lost has been found

The lost sweater, that is.

I was going to write a post last week about how I lost a sweater, and I actually had myself convinced that I mustn't have ever bought the sweater, because I searched high and low and I could not find it.

Until last night.

Last weekend I went to a dinner and a Christmas concert with a good friend, and as I rarely get a chance to go out I wanted to dress up. I remembered buying a cute little grey sweater at Macy's on clearance this summer, and I thought maybe it would be the right time to pull it out. But I couldn't find it. I looked through all my regular stashes, through all my sweaters, I checked to see if I'd hung it up, I looked everywhere. I remembered that when I bought the sweater I had a hard time deciding where to put it because it was so fragile I didn't want to give it wrinkle lines. But after half a day of tearing my room apart I told myself I must have imagined that conversation with myself, because I obviously hadn't bought the sweater.

Then last night I was innocently hanging something up, and when I pulled out what I thought was an empty hanger, and there was the sweater, barely holding on. Seriously, that sweater almost had me convinced I was crazy, and there it was, all along.

So tonight we are heading out for some Christmas festivities, and I think I will wear that little grey sweater.

If I can remember where I stashed it after I found it.

(p.s. the sweater in the picture isn't the one I lost, I just picked a random grey sweater b/c I like posts with pictures!)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Christmas in the Kitchen

And if you were doing dishes at out house, you would find yourself under this kissing ball.

You know what happens next!


Friday, December 12, 2008

More Projects

I don't know why I am sharing, because some of you are going to find these bags under the tree, but I felt like I should give some account for all the time I have spent in my sewing room lately.

I still have some pot holders and towels to make, and 4 lap quilts. (And in case you are wondering, I found found the energy drink Enviga to be very helpful!) James has kindly offered to watch Aidan all day Saturday so I can finish up. There is light at the end of the tunnel!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

End of an Era

I don't think many of my readers are local, but if you are, you might know that today was the last day of the Morning Show on MPR. I have been listening to their quirky humor and eclectic selection of music for almost two decades now, so I am a little sad to see them go. I became a faithful listener while I was in college, thanks to the influence of one Mr. Rodgers. (Not the guy in a sweater,) and I have been enjoying them on my way to work ever since. Their show is where I first became familiar with Eva Cassidy, now one of my favorite singers, and they also introduced me to such songs as " Smokers outside the Hospital Door." (Yes people, it really is a song.)

So today I was tuned in for the last time as I waited in the long line of traffic on I-169 on my way to Plymouth.

What will I listen to now on my way to work?
oh you have to check out this blog! I only wish I had more time so I could make some of the beautiful items she shows. Here are a few samples of things she has posted.

This is a link to the felt tree tutorial. I am going to have to keep my eyes open for scraps of wool to make our little forest for next year. And now I must go because the more I read her blog the more I have this overwhelming urge to start painting my walls teal.