Friday, December 19, 2008

12 Days of Christmas

Someone has selected our family to do the 12 Days of Christmas for. Our kids have been loving this. They are eager each night to see what new treat or surprise will be left for them. Jared refuses to go to bed until we have had the long awaited "Knock and run". All day we talk about how generous these people are that are sharing joy with us. Mia told me today, "I really wish we knew who our Secret Santa was." I asked her why and she said, "Then we could give something to them."

I was pleased with her response and feel like maybe she will turn out OK in this world where everyone is just so self-centered.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Homemade Lacing Cards

I am sure you have seen these or something like them before. I decided that it would be fun for my kids if I made some with their photos.

The first thing you need to do is select your photos. I printed mine at Costco. I tried some that I had printed at home but the Mod Podge made the ink run - even after it had dried for a week.

You can use either cardboard or chipboard. Since I had some boxes on hand, I used cardboard. Trace around your photo.

Cut along your lines so the cardboard is the same size as your picture.

I like to use a foam brush that you can get on sale at Michael's at 10/$1.00. Brush the Mod Podge on in even strokes. I try to keep a continuous line from one edge to the next. When it dries, you will see these lines. It will dry clear.

I put 4 layers of Mod Podge, letting it dry completely after each application. I then sanded the edges, rounded some and left others pointed, really that is your choice. I also put a layer of Mod Podge on the back just to seal it. After I finished sanding, I put another layer of Mod Podge around the edges, again, just to seal it.

When you are finished, take your hole punch, I used a "Crop-A-Dile" and punch holes evenly around the edge of the picture. Use colorful shoestrings and start lacing.

I think these would be really cute with a patterned scrapbooking paper mod podged on the back.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Potty Train?

Ellis has become proficient at taking off his diaper. When Gordon started this, we potty trained him. Ellis just seems so little - maybe it is because he is my baby and maybe it is because he is little still. I am just not sure that he is ready to potty train.

He asks to go potty and I let him sit on the toilet. Sometimes he goes and sometimes he doesn't. I do think he will be getting some underwear for Christmas though...

I have been changing diapers for 7 1/2 years straight. I will not be sad to say goodbye to diapers .

Time to dance.

Grandma got run over by a Mia? Mia was a reindeer in her Christmas Concert last night. I had (read made) her take a nap yesterday after school and she had enough energy to dance all night. She was excited to wear makeup.

When I tried to take pictures of her in her costume, she did not want to cooperate. So this is the best we have.

I did get a nice photo of her during the finale, which I am happy about.

I was impressed with how organized the whole thing was. They hire babysitters to stay with the girls in a separate room so they are safe and entertained during the program (which was 2 hours long). When I went to pick her up, I just had a happy, hungry little girl who had a lot of fun and was ready to go again.


Mia is the one on the far right, back row.