Christmas Crafting

I haven’t been in the holiday spirit this month. I still feel like it’s September, honestly.

But it’s not. It’s December. We’re three days away from Christmas. Whether or not I like it, it’s happening! lol

We made a few things the other day. We have a few more we’re making over the next three days. It’s fun.
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Sock snowmen are so cute and super easy. I saw the idea a couple places online and loved it.

The kids picked out bead and felt colors and glued it all together.
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The snowmen (well, Brooklyn and Sierra have snowgirls actually and you better not slip and say otherwise!) were a huge hit.
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All three kids LOVED their snowmen but Payson was especially cute about it. He says “snowman” in the cutest voice! At first I showed him his and told him, “Here’s yours, here’s Payson’s snowman.” And his eyes got huge and he grinned and took it and stared into it’s googly eyes and kissed it and said, “My Paysman.” It was adorable and funny. That’ll probably be one of my favorite memories from Christmas this year.
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After making the snowmen I cut out felt stars for the girls to sew together and make a Santa.
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Payson couldn’t very well wield a glue gun but he really enjoyed just watching it all. The crafts we’re doing over the next couple days are all things he’ll participate in. He’s going to love it!
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One of my favorite things in the world is watching my daughters sew. Those tiny fingers and the look of concentration on their faces.
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Brooklyn’s actually getting much better at sewing! She used to have such a hard time with it but this time she sewed up the star without a single problem and with no help from me besides me re-threading her needle a couple times.
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We’d crafted for two hours. And literally the second we were done and I was cleaning up, Ember woke up from her nap. Perfect timing! Though she was in a pretty bad mood being super hungry and all.
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Oh the Carnage!

We have a tree on the other side of the fence in our backyard. A couple weeks ago Brooklyn was having her stuffed tiger “climb” the tree and she accidently dropped it.
I was holding Ember and didn’t feel like jumping over the fence so I told her daddy would get it when he got back from South America.

The next day we were all playing outside again and Brooklyn noticed her tiger had moved from by the fence where it dropped to about fifteen feet away! We wondered what in the world moved it there.

A couple days ago Allan jumped the fence to go get tiger.

BUT… tiger was gone!! Allan went to the last place the tiger was seen and found a bunch of little white beads.

When he told us that Brooklyn started crying really hard because, “tiger was filled with those beads!” and she knew he was either eaten or really torn up 🙁

We’d seen javelina poop right there as well so we figured there might not be much left of poor tiger.

But Allan kept looking, and we all kept hoping that what was left of tiger was salvagable.
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A few minutes into the search Allan noticed something deep in one of the bushes…
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What is he holding?
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It’s tiger!
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Realizing he was pretty badly beaten.
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Not knowing what to think about her ripped up tiger.
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At this point, seeing how dirty and ripped up he was, she didn’t want to see him or hold him and boy did she cry! I obviously didn’t take pictures of that part but we eventually calmed her down when I told her I’d wash him and sew him up and he’d be ok.
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The damage:
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That night I washed tiger and did my best to patch him up. I completely replaced his stuffing and beads and at the end he looked decent.
And Brooklyn thought…
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He might be deformed now but he’s just as lovable 🙂
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And that he really needed a candy cane.
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Crazy Gymnast

Last night was Brooklyn’s last day of tumbling. Families were allowed to come watch everything the kids have learned over the past 2 1/2 months.
My daughter is definitely the crazy one of the bunch!

I asked Brooklyn if she wanted a picture taken with her best friend. She said yes and I got this…
(I didn’t ask her mom if I could post her picture online and since it’s close up I decided to blur it)

And this…

Which is so “them.” They’re always being silly and holding hands and picking each other up when I pick Brooklyn up at the end of classes.
We were going to put Brooklyn into soccer next but we decided to continue with tumbling for two reasons.
1) Brooklyn wants to be in the same activity with her friend again.
2) Soccer is three times a week. Tumbling is one. If Brooklyn goes to soccer and Sierra goes to her class that is FIVE days a week I’d have to go somewhere. That would majorly suck right now for me. Having a baby and toddler, I want to avoid going out too much. It’s stressful 😛

A Sick Family on the Weekend

We’re a bunch of sickies. Here are what sickies do on weekends.

He naps. They play on the couch while their daddy naps.
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He laughs when the camera’s shutter wakes him up.
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He rubs his son’s head. He rubs his elephant’s nose.
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He talks on the phone to his brother. They pose by their brother.
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She gets hyper.
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She spins.
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They show off for the camera.
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They get cuddly.
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She talks.
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He plays with toys.
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The sun goes down.
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He snuggles her.
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Then I do.
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He joins daddy for some computer work.
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He hugs daddy.
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He scratches his son’s back.
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She joins us for Beyond Survival with Les Stroud.
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They go to bed.

Steam for the Sicky

Oh boy am I sick. I don’t think there is a single place on my body that doesn’t hurt right now. I’m on day two of no voice and a horribly sore throat. Parenting without being able to speak is really difficult. Really difficult.

I feel so dang bad I think I may have the flu 🙁

All of us are sick, actually. The kids have been sick for a couple weeks now. I seem to have it the worst, probably because I don’t get sleep and I’m breastfeeding so my body is completely worn out.

I’m crossing my fingers and toes and praying that I feel better soon. I’m doing well emotionally but I want things back to normal! Normal was hard enough! lol

I’ve had about ten cups of tea a day the last four days. I can tolerate being alive as long as I have a cup of tea in my hand. Within seconds of running out of tea to sip my throat hurts so bad I can’t stand it.

Another helpful thing is hot showers and baths. The steam is so soothing! Yesterday the second Allan got home from work I asked him if I could escape to the bath to relax with Ember while he fed the kids dinner.
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