A favorite holiday that goes by too fast with family and friends and too much food and gifts. But I love it.
We enjoyed the traditional food spread.
We always read the Christmas Story, The Newborn King, from the same book every year making it a Christmas tradition.
The adults draw names and and we pass around the gifts with ooh's and ahh's and some haha's. And the little kids are loaded up with gifts too. The little ones wanted to play santa and pass out the gifts to everyone. It was sweet they wanted to "give" the gifts out. That may we'll be a new tradition.
It's more than just about the gifts. The reason why we give gifts. Jesus is the reason for the season.
There's a Christmas Toy Soldier in my life. I've been working on it for a week now.
Since it's a girl toy soldier, the top has a twirl to it, stripes down the sleeves and straps across the chest. Red and gold bling everywhere. Pants with side stripe like every toy soldier/nut cracker has. And black boots for sure.
After looking at hundreds of Christmas Toy Soldier's helmets online I decided on what style I would make. Trust me when I say no two helmets are exactly alike. Even while in malls with Christmas Toy Soldiers on display, I would stop and take note of every detail.
This helmet has a feather, gold trim to match the top and pants, black bib, and black chin strap.
I cut and formed a heavy sheet of sewing stabilizer interfacing into the size and shape of the helmet, then sandwiched it with thin quilt batting on one side and gold sequin fabric on the other side, using spray adhesive to adhere in layers. I did the bib the same, then hot glued the bib to the helmet edge. Then hot glued all the embellishments and attached an elastic sequin band for the chin strap.
And a Christmas Toy Soldier can't be without her shoulder tassel decoration, for lack of proper term.
It's for a 2 and 1/2 year old who is going to be a Christmas Toy Soldier for a day.
The tree is up. With Christmas music playing in the background as I decorate the tree, I'm reminiscing of the ornaments from the past 40 years. It got kinda sappy with all the reminiscing and stuff.
It's time to pass the kids personal ornaments on to them. The Hallmark's "Baby's First Christmas" from the 80's presented to them by an aunt on each of their first Christmas. Each an angel ornament from their early daycare years Christmas party. And a few other individual ornaments from their young days.
The stockings are hung, the candles are out, the Nativity scene is set, and one of my favorite Santa and Rudolph sets are ready. They're all old and have been used every Christmas for years. Rudolph's tail is broken.
The first party of the Christmas season to attend was an engagement party. Though, not Christmas themed, it was beautiful for Trent and Natalie with tree lights, fire pit, good gumbo, family and friends.
Me, Natalie, Trent.
Shopping is 75% completed. Waiting on the UPS and FedEx guys to deliver. I got a little carried away sitting on the couch in pj's shopping online. I miss the hustle and bustle of the stores and malls during the holiday season. So will have to make a trip to the mall to get my hustle and bustle and last minute items.
The great big moon was bright and big just like the news said it would be.
Last time there was a Moon was in 1948. Then now in 2016. The next time will be in 2034. That's in eighteen more years. So hopefully I'll get to see it twice in my lifetime. Hopefully I'll live to be eighty. That's when the big bright moon will show up again.
The blue shape in the picture must be a planet or something. It shows up in every shot I took.
The little ones are so busy these days. I spent one day engaged in watching them do what they like.
A stop at the dirt bike track in their neighborhood to watch my little dirt bike rider. He's all about practice, practice, practice for his first big race.
All decked out in his practice racing gear - helmet, gloves, boots, chest protector, race pants. The shirt was from me, but you can't see. It's a perfect dirt bike rider screen print that matches his bike color and racing number.
These two were in a Halloween pageant with beauty dress and a Halloween theme outfit. Its a Sunburst Preliminary with chance to proceed to the state level and then the national level.
The Halloween theme was a fun dress up part of the pageant. The little one was a pirate skull outfit. Complete with the pirate eyepatch in the form of the headband.
She won queen in the 2/3 year old division. She kept saying she only wanted a trophy. She got her trophy and a crown.
The older one was a Halloween bat. With arm gloves that could fly as bat wings
She won queen in the 4/5 year old division and a few side awards. She likes the stage.
. . . happy life, happy wife, mom and maw-maw, a heart for family fur babies, a sister to many, a daughter, and a child of the King. I love outdoors and doing a little sewing, crafting and making a house a home.