Monday, December 26, 2011

Post Christmas Coma....

It's the day after. Christmas was wonderful. The kids were awesome. They were appreciative of everything and their joy and graciousness when opening their gifts made me proud and sad.... I'm not sure how many years of the "magic" we have left.  The house is now a total disaster area, but I am determined to take a day off (as much as I can, I do need to do laundry, change sheets, organize garbage.... oh, who am I kidding... we all know I'm going to take down the tree and clean everything up). In the meantime, I thought I'd post some pictures of the big day (and the 24th for good measure).

Christmas Eve was pretty relaxing. All the presents were wrapped. Most of the food for Christmas Dinner was ready to go and we spent the day doing some last minute baking and preparation for Christmas. I decided to try making a sweet bread for Breakfast. I haven't made bread in many years, but for some reason... the mood was upon me so I did.... I think I over-kneeded it a bit... it was denser than I was expecting, but it did taste great. Chey was hilarious. She started saying that she was tired and needed to go to bed at around 8am... and continued every half hour or so throughout the day. When the time came for our traditional Christmas Movie, she had a mini-tantrum because "I don't want to stay up late to watch a movie! I want to go to BED!"

Chey helping kneed bread
(I made a Finnish sweet bread for breakfast... it was good!)

Decorating cookies for Santa

Spreading the Reindeer Food 

The tree after Santa came! 

And finally Christmas morning arrived.... and as usual, I was up the earliest and had to wait patently for everyone else..... I noticed Eli's light was on, so I called him upstairs and told him to go wake up his sister (what? a Mom can't wake up her kids for Christmas morning??). Once everyone was up and the adults had coffee in hand.... .. the grand reveal began.... 

Chey's first peek at the tree... I LOVE this pic! 

Kisses for her shark..... 

The Retro Game he asked Santa for.... I think he likes it!

Eli's Replica Ocarina from The Legend of Zelda

There was a lot of hugging going on..... 

Chey and I received matching charms for our bracelets... She picked mine and Santa brought hers... 

Necklace from my Sister... 

Cute Feather Hair Barrettes from Aunty Tonya (She's wearing the earrings today, Aunty!)

Chey's presents to us...  made at school

The Bread.... mmmmmmmm
It FLIES!!! FINALLY! We had some troubles getting "Shark" in the air... Fortunately Dale found some helium in the garage. We had to over inflate the thing to practically bursting... perhaps Santa left it out there for us when he realized that he'd been duped and brought us a knock-off instead of the real "Air Swimmer Shark"????  Chey loves it, regardless.. She wanted to sleep with it last night, but I thought it was better where it was..... 

We went skating in the afternoon and had our friends over for Christmas Dinner (They've come for dinner every year since we moved here, excluding the year we went to the island and last year when they lived in Egypt). It was the perfect cap off to the perfect day.

And finally, here is the Christmas Knitting I did this year. I didn't think there was very much, but seems like I did more than I thought.... this doesn't include the stuff I knit for the house either..... 

Shawl for Cary

Mittens for my hairdresser

New Silly Frilly for Chey

Shrug for Chey

Socks for Eli

Slippers for NanaB

Merry Christmas Everyone and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2011

In the home stretch

It's just over a week until Christmas and I thought I'd share my progress. I must say, I'm looking good. Shopping is done (just waiting for one last thing to arrive in the mail... I hope it shows!), presents are wrapped and the house is fully decorated (except for the lego house that Eli needs to finish.... we started a new tradition this year of collecting Christmas Lego for our Decorating). I thought I'd share a bit of what's been going on.

I decided it would be fun to make snowflakes and hang them on a garland. We used regular paper and fancy Origami paper with gold flakes and then I attached them to a length of felted i-cord with paper clips.... cute and festive.

Folding the paper


We also decorated our tree and I've wrapped our presents and put them under it.

Hugging the partially decorated tree

I love decorating the tree. My ornaments are like bits of a story
that I've collected for the past 18 years

I am not normally that domestic. I said that and then re-read it...... and had to laugh. I am a SAHM (stay at home Mom) who knits and spins and has a blog that is almost entirely about my domestication..... In all sense of reality, how much more domestic could I be??? Perhaps I should say instead, that I am not known for my cooking and/or baking. I rarely bake, as a matter of fact, and almost never make more than a token batch of sugar cookies or some other cookie at Christmas time. Which is why today is a total anomaly in my house. I baked.... and baked.... and baked. A double batch of Hazelnut Biscotti (Biscotti must be retro now, right??) and a double batch of GingerSnaps. I've also made some easy fudge and for the first time in my life.... I made Nanaimo Bars... from scratch. We'll see how they turn out.  I used the recipe off the City of Nanaimo Website so I'm hoping for good things.

Today's accomplishments

Bags of Cookies ready to give to friends

I have still been knitting...... a bit. I started a new sweater two weeks ago and have only managed to knit about 6 inches of ONE arm.

Christmas knitting is done (I barely did any this year which was very nice) except for a last minute shrug for Chey. I've also managed to knit Eli a new pair of socks when we discovered the socks I knit him two or three years ago are too small (what?! Kids grow??? Even Eli grows eventually it seems).

Basic sock knit in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted (colour Ravenswood)

Eli had his grade 5 band recital last night... It was adorable and not even torturous (the grade 5s have only been in band for 2 months, my expectations were not high). I wanted to have a short video clip for you, but I haven't had time to edit the super long video we took of the concert.... maybe next week??

And finally, a gratuitous skating shot taken last weekend as the sun set over our little leisure rink at the lake..... I'm not sure if I'll be posting again before Christmas, and if I don't... Have a Very Merry Christmas and I'll see you in the New Year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

Everywhere I go... in my house, anyway. I tend to decorate similarly every year, so I won't share photos of the entire house, but here are a few of my main living area (which is also my favourite room until the tree goes up this weekend).

I've added a few knitted creations this year. My knitted Carolers (of course! and no Barbora, I am NOT giving them to you for Christmas, you'll have to learn to knit them yourself.....I know you were hoping... *wink*). are sitting by the fireplace

and I've knit some stars (which will be turned into something else, but work nicely with my poinsetta floral display for now). I've also made a Merry Christmas Banner from some felted patches that I knit several years ago. My original intention was to use them to recover some chairs, but I couldn't imagine sitting on them.... they're very scratchy. They work nicely when cut into letters for the banner though....

And finally, I thought I'd share Chey's letter to Santa..... because it's very "her" (although I did have her exclude the part after "I tried to be good this year"... It was supposed to read "I tried to be good this year, but I was only good about half the time").

I'll post more pictures when the tree goes up.....

Monday, November 21, 2011

Lord Bertram comes to town....

Completing and listing the pattern for Lady Beatrice added fuel to the fire of my enthusiasm and I was able to knit Lord Bertram over the weekend. Lord Bertram is the second of the series of carolers that I am planning to design and publish on Ravelry. He is the perfect gentleman chaperone to Lady Beatrice and the pair of them will be wonderful addition to any Christmas Decorating.

Introducing Lord Bertram:

And the two carolers together 

Here is the Ravelry Listing for the knitting pattern for Lord Bertram or you can

As with Lady Beatrice, all sales for Lord Bertram between now and March 1, 2012 will be donated to the Train Park Rejuvenation Project