Happy Advent 🙂 OK, this is more than a little belated, but now I have wrangled young Samuel into a routine (<—- I owe you a post on this) that involves proper naps during the day, and thus also happy awake times, I actually have some time to blog (at least until grant writing makes me crazy again). I still have to put up the Thanksgiving pictures. Oh well.
This year I have actually got my butt into gear and done Christmas properly. I am not sure why this year I managed it… perhaps ‘missing’ three Christmases by letting advent go un-noticed finally tipped me. Or maybe it is because now I have a house I love and am proud of. Or because there is so much going on juggling work and a newborn and a marriage that I have started to become a ‘planner’. Who knows? Anyone else find this? Hyper organized when a little one came along?
Anyway, We got a tree nice and early which Sam got to help decorate:
Every year, Wes I buy each other an ornament.
Wes to me 2011:
Me to Wes 2011:
And me to Wes 2012:
And this year I got brave and made a bauble:
See? My crafting isn’t always just gluing bits of pre-cut wood together 😉
Then all the Christmas decorations came out:
Including the all-time favourite (from many moons ago)
I got organised and actually wrote Christmas cards (We tried to make a family Christmas card… but failed [attempts at the top and bottom of this card], so people got a photo of Sam in the hospital instead [better luck next year…])
But I did a Christmas wreath using:
- A Styrofoam wreath form
- Small cardboard boxes
- Spray paint
- Hot glue
Step 1: Cover the wreath form in felt squares
Step 2: Spray paint your cardboard boxes:
Step 3: Decorate your painted boxes:
Step 4: Glue decorated boxes to the felt, and fill in the gaps using baubles and stars cut free-hand from the foam
Voila. A cute decoration, and easy for kids to do too.
Happy Advent y’all: