Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Long Overdue Update

*deep breath* Well, that was a nice break. :) I am back now, ready to blog!

This year's Christmas and New Years was probably our best yet. It was definitely the most relaxed!! I had a lot of time to focus on God, family, and even a little bit of time to focus on me. It was SO very nice. The best part was that Cory was HOME. He did not go into work at all over the break - and it was SUPER FANTASTIC! We soaked up the family time around the house - mostly just sitting and doing nothing.

(Of course today Nora sighs, looks at me, and says "I wanna see my daddy." Me too, baby girl. Me too. But back to reality!)

Anyway, here's a comprehensive post of everything I wanted to post about since the holidays began!:

My last handmade gift without a Silhouette:
I knew that this year for Christmas my mom was getting me the cutting machine I have dreamed about for over a year. That made it almost unbearable to have to create gifts without it this year! :) (Kidding.) But I did make some Pinterest-inspired photo blocks for my mom and MIL:

They turned out really cute! I printed the pictures in sepia-tone to match the shimmery brown paint, and the red touches really made it pop.

Christmas, and Christmas again, and Christmas AGAIN . . .
Nora was spoiled rotten this year again! Her umbrella was one of her favorite gifts.

She also loved her new Cabbage Patch Kid, baby-doll stroller, and this Cookie Monster Play-Doh toy:

I thought that girl was going to think that everyday was Christmas, because for awhile everyday WAS! We went to Christmas Eve at Cory's aunt and uncle's, we had Christmas Day at our house, then we had another Christmas at our house the day after Christmas, and THEN Nora had some special playtime with Papa Don and BeBe, and THEN my mom recovered from her illness and came over and had another Christmas with us!! It was incredible how much went on in the span of a few days.

I thought this was a cute photo of Nora and Papa Don and BeBe:

My Silhouette :)
After all that when I got some time to figure out my new Silhouette, I was in AWE. This thing is so neat! It cuts like a dream, and it's everything I had hoped it would be. :) I went to an Alpha Phi baby shower on the 30th, which inspired me to use the Silhouette to create Nora a little shirt out of vinyl:

It. Was. SO. EASY!! That Silhouette rocks my little crafty butt. :) The hubbs also got me a brand-new AMAZING sewing machine too, so I hope to get started on some great crafts this winter!! Time to put that "Stuff to Make" list on Pinterest to good use. :)

Super-Duper Mild Weather
When temperatures soared to the SIXTIES this past week, you know where we were: OUTSIDE!! Nora decided it was great broom-riding weather (HA!):

I will take that kind of weather over a "White Christmas" any day! (Side note: Did you know there are only 77 more days until spring? But who's counting!)

New Year's Eve/Day
This year we found ourselves with relatively little to do on New Year's (for once!) It didn't bother us though, we enjoyed going out to eat together:

This was followed by doing nothing at home! It was quiet and very nice. Cory had to go on a fire call 8 minutes before midnight, so I ran into Nora's room and kissed her sleeping head. :) Great New Year!

And that's about it! Great, GREAT holiday season. :) How was yours?

Until next time . . .

1 comment:

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Wow! What a great break! Looks like you made out like a bandit. I've had a Silhouette for three months and I haven't even taken it out of the box. Shameful.