Weekly Update

Winter break has come to TAD Town, and we are all enjoying it immensely! Although we have not been toiling all day on school, we have been busy.

This week we made paper snowflakes.

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And we made some holiday ornaments. My sister-in-law posted this awesome link to DIY Lego ornaments (which include a handful of Star Wars ornaments), and we gave it a go. We didn’t have all the correct colors, but we did have all the pieces. Here is our weirdly colored Gingerbread house.

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Decca designed his own ornament, and I thought it turned out nicely. This is his reindeer, complete with built-in hook to hang it from the tree.

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The kids also spent a great deal of time in front of the television watching Horrible Histories. Amazon has the seasons available for only $9.99 right now, so I bought all three seasons. The twins love Horrible Histories and have been watching episodes all week. I can always tell  when they are watching them as the laughter in the house increases substantially.

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Yesterday the kids, my mom, and I went to Disneyland. Nothing puts me in the holiday mood faster than walking among all the decorations at Disneyland. It was quite festive!

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Today I am frantically trying to get ready for our Christmas party that we are having tomorrow. For some reason I thought is would be a great idea to throw a party for the twins and their friends ten days before Christmas. I also decided it would be an even better party if it was Harry Potter themed.

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I am not sure I was thinking straight when I made these decisions, and I would ponder my decision-making powers if I had the time. Instead I am busy making house badges, Butter Beer lattes, wands (both edible and non-edible), and other various goodies. Tomorrow we will be busy decorating for the party. Hopefully it will look great!

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And that is our week in review.

Snow

We flew to Chicago on Friday. We were suppose to leave LAX at 4:00. Instead our flight got cancelled twice, and we didn’t get on a plane until 7:30. We got to Chicago at 1:30 in the morning. It was not a fun day of travelling. However we woke up to a wonderful sight.

It did not last long, only an hour or so, but it was a wonderful surprise. It was not supposed to snow, and I told the kids not to get their hopes up for snow while we are here. As Autry was going to sleep she asked about whether it would snow, and I said no. She said she was going to pray for it to snow sometime while we were on our vacation.

The kids were so happy and excited when they looked out the window on our first morning here. It was magical. We immediately got dressed and went outside to explore.

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It is now the next day, and it is sunny and warm. The snow is already melting, already a distant memory. It may not snow again while we are here, but that is all right. We had our first snowfall, and it was wonderful.

 

It’s That Time of Year…

Time to make snowflakes!

These easy and fun-to-make snowflakes make the house seem so festive! I am re-posting our original post with the instructions. Enjoy!

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I am not a crafty person, and the truth is I hate crafts. I not only hate crafts, but for years no one in the house was allowed to do them. This was mostly when the twins were little, as they were CRAZY for crafts, but the stress of having three young children, mixed with craft supplies, was too much for me. The sight of glue sticks, pipe cleaners, scissors, construction paper, glitter, markers, and any other craft supplies would literally bring out the worst in me. I was so anti-crafts that it was actually a running joke in the family. Oh well, at least I always provide my family with plenty of comedic material.

Anyway fast forward a number of years, and I still hate crafts. My kids however don’t, and, in fact, my daughter excels at them. She is artistic and talented and crafty, and she is older. Which means she can do many crafts, and clean up after herself when she is finished. This also means that she does not need my help at all. She is also good at getting her brothers involved, teaching them what to do and helping her little brother clean up,  while I am of by myself enjoying a nice cup of tea.

What this all means is that crafts are back in our house, and I am not involved with them at all!

Today Autry decided to make some snowflakes for the house. She had just learned how to do these, and she wanted to share it all with us. She got out paper, lots of paper, scissors, and tape. I ignored the situation because seeing all these supplies made me nervous. She was off cutting and taping and what not, and when she finished she had made a great snowflake. I was truly impressed, mostly because when I was a kid the only snowflake I ever made was just a cut-up piece of paper.  I decided to photograph her making the snowflake and promised her I would post it on our blog. She was so happy that I was interested, and I was so proud of her for making a bunch of these for our house. It sure seems so much more festive in here now!

Step 1: Cut paper into a square
Step 2: Fold once
Step 3: Fold twice
Step 4: Make sure the triangle is held the right way and then….
make three cuts in it.
Open it up, and it should look like this.
Step 5: Tape the sides of each strip together
Tape to opposite sides each time
Until you get this. Repeat all the steps 6 times.
Step 6: Tape or staple all six sides together and voila….
you have a beautiful snowflake!
She is going to make enough to cover the whole living room!

Snowflakes!

I thought I would re-post this from last year. Enjoy!

I am not a crafty person, and the truth is I hate crafts. I not only hate crafts, but for years no one in the house was allowed to do them. This was mostly when the twins were little, as they were CRAZY for crafts, but the stress of having three young children, mixed with craft supplies, was too much for me. The sight of glue sticks, pipe cleaners, scissors, construction paper, glitter, markers, and any other craft supplies would literally bring out the worst in me. I was so anti-crafts that it was actually a running joke in the family. Oh well, at least I always provide my family with plenty of comedic material.

Anyway fast forward a number of years, and I still hate crafts. My kids however don’t, and, in fact, my daughter excels at them. She is artistic and talented and crafty, and she is older. Which means she can do many crafts, and clean up after herself when she is finished. This also means that she does not need my help at all. She is also good at getting her brothers involved, teaching them what to do and helping her little brother clean up,  while I am of by myself enjoying a nice cup of tea.

What this all means is that crafts are back in our house, and I am not involved with them at all!

Today Autry decided to make some snowflakes for the house. She had just learned how to do these, and she wanted to share it all with us. She got out paper, lots of paper, scissors, and tape. I ignored the situation because seeing all these supplies made me nervous. She was off cutting and taping and what not, and when she finished she had made a great snowflake. I was truly impressed, mostly because when I was a kid the only snowflake I ever made was just a cut-up piece of paper.  I decided to photograph her making the snowflake and promised her I would post it on our blog. She was so happy that I was interested, and I was so proud of her for making a bunch of these for our house. It sure seems so much more festive in here now!

Step 1: Cut paper into a square
Step 2: Fold once
Step 3: Fold twice
Step 4: Make sure the triangle is held the right way and then….
make three cuts in it.
Open it up, and it should look like this.
Step 5: Tape the sides of each strip together
Tape to opposite sides each time
Until you get this. Repeat all the steps 6 times.
Step 6: Tape all six sides together and voila….
you have a beautiful snowflake!
She is going to make enough to cover the whole living room!