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The Christmas Spirit

Hi Blog. T minus 3 days until Christmas. Let’s not discuss if we are ready yet. It’s a sore subject.

I’m practicing the “fake it till you make it” philosophy by pretending to have the Christmas spirit. Perhaps if I keep pretending, it will come for real. Am I right? Who’s with me?

So, in an effort to invoke the Christmas spirit, we have…

picked out and wrapped gifts from the school store…

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gone to look at lights…

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made s’mores in the fireplace… (All we had were mini marshmallows but they made do.)

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relaxed in bed with the best books ever…

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made some stocking stuffer lotion bars… (I am an angsty 17 year old girl inside who still likes the smell of Patchouli and Sandalwood on a guy.)

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and soap…

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Do you love my pig cutting board? I drew it on an old piece of butcher block and made one of the Dads at Scouts cut it out for me. I like to wield my power as Committee Chair sometimes.

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enjoyed a lazy (sleepy) Winter Solstice evening in front of the fire.

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Happy Solstice! Merry Christmas! Wishing you a magical and peaceful holiday with your family and friends!

xo

Oh Christmas Tree…

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas around here:

We got our tree!

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I was picky about finding one that wasn’t too bald on the top so we went to two lots before finding a non-bald tree. I know, I feel sorry for my family too. When we found the perfect tree, Tom felt the need to strike a pose next to it.

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We broke out Christmas jammies.

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Some of us may have been more excited about it than others. (UGH! The stove looks so dusty and gross!)

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I decorated the rosemary tree in the kitchen with ornaments that the boys made when they were really little. The ornaments are too big for the tree but I like looking at them while washing dishes.

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I have officially lost my stitching mojo. Maybe Santa will bring it for Christmas.

Happy Monday!

Help!

Work and life stuff have been crazy which means very little time for fun things… like blogging and stitching and lying around for hours mindlessly scrolling though Pinterest. Le sigh. What’s a girl to do?

This week I had to commute two days to NYC in the rain [equal parts boring (long train rides with dead cell phone battery) and stressful (meetings with angry people)], get a mammogram, AND go for my annual exam (if you know what I mean). It that isn’t the trifecta of an icky week, I don’t know what is. But enough complaining, let’s catch up on the fun stuff!

Thanksgiving was delicious. Tom’s parents do all of the hosting and cooking, so we just show up and eat. I used to mind this because I love hosting events, but have come to appreciate the benefits of this arrangement!

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Our elf on the shelf returned from the North Pole on Thanksgiving night.

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The boys were pretty excited, but Sammy wasn’t so impressed with his arrival.

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We spent a few days at the beach house. The weather was unseasonably warm and sunny.

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We discovered this new-fangled version of Pac-Man on the boardwalk. Not to brag or anything, but I was kind of a Ms. Pac-Man legend in the day. Isn’t it funny that when people say “not to brag,” they are totally bragging. But since I’m already bragging, I will tell you that I once had the high score on TWO separate Ms. Pac-Man machines at the same time on the boardwalk. Does that make me cooler in your eyes?

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Tom made me DO WORK while we were away, so I took this picture to show how totally hardworking and techie I am (nothing could be further from the truth) with two computers going at once!

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We made it out for dinner one night at our favorite shore spot. We always go for the Early Bird special and I always “pretend” that I don’t realize there is an Early Bird special when the waiter tells us about it.

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When we got home, Littlest was determined to learn how to skate board.

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I didn’t stitch at all, which gave Charlie ample opportunity to really get comfortable in my stitching basket.

First he just sat in it.

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Then he napped in it.

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Then he cleaned his you-know-what in it. UGH! CHARLIE!!!

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We had a strange bird meeting on our patio. There were more birds, but I couldn’t get them all in the picture. So weird, right? Can someone who knows more about birds than I do, tell me what they are doing?

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And, oh happy day(!), I found some cool cross stitch stuff at the thrift store.

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What’s new with you? Happy Thursday!

Happy Halloween!

Hi Friends! Did you have a good Halloween?

We are all a bit pooped from an overly social weekend. Too much socializing + introverts like us = eventual melt down.

Our festivities included:

Going to a total of 8 stores in search of SOLD OUT pumpkins. Who knew that this even happens? I finally gave up and bought an acorn squash. So lame.

Having our annual Halloween dinner. It was a bit low key this year since I was exhausted from the great pumpkin search.

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The menu highlights were the Spider (olives) and Jack O’Lantern pizzas,

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And Dracula’s Dentures cookies, which ended up looking more like Jokey Chattering Teeth instead.

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There was also some “magical potion” to drink. It was fizzy and bloody and made curious popping noises. Between you and me, it was seltzer, black cherry kool aid, and pop rocks.

We had a little visitor for the weekend. Holly!

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She did not appreciate having to wear a costume and hid under the table, but it was just too cute to take off.

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I did not get a single photo of the boys before we were off to trick or treat and various events. This was officially the year of bad planning.

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On Sunday, we had family over for yet another birthday dinner. Birthdays go on forever around here. This was the grand finale!

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By the time everyone left, I was ready to collapse somewhere alone with my stitching. Charlie had other ideas though.

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He was almost too cute to move, but even a cute cat can’t keep a woman away from her stitch-a-long. Deadlines, People!

I finished Day 2.

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And got ambitious with Day 3. This is as far as I got before giving up and going to bed.

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Sometimes you just have to quit while you’re ahead.

The End.

The pumpkin that got away

We never did make it to the pumpkin patch this year and when I went to buy pumpkins at 3 different stores, they were all sold out. Total Mom fail. This will forever be known as the Halloween with no pumpkins.

But, what can I say… there have been so many distractions: a rainy work trip to NY, losing power at the house, fixating on green embroidery thread, and this guy’s birthday…

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I could go on and on about how great he is and how much he means to me, but well, he’s a private kind of guy, so I will just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY QT! I LOVE YOU! And yes, that is pie instead of cake. We had a vote and decided that we all prefer pie to cake, unless it’s ice cream cake which changes everything.

And speaking of green thread, I got some options for the stitch-a-long:

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I’ve decided to use both dark and light green depending on which looks better with the particular fabric. Between that and all the different linen shades, this collection might start to look a bit crazy town, but we shall see.

Here’s the first day all stitched up with dark green. I am waiting to finish the borders depending on how each ornament will be made. 1 down, 11 to go! Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 10.49.30 AM

Happy Friday! Enjoy your weekend!

On apple muffins, cross stitching, and chain saw killers…

What do you do when you finally fall asleep at 4AM only to have your darling wake you up at 4:45 with his snoring? You get out of bed and make apple muffins.

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The crumbly bits on top were a little dry and weird, but the muffin part was thumbs up. But then again, anything sugary and warm probably tastes good when you are operating on little sleep.

On a brighter note, I’m enjoying this stitch-a-long.

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I got most of the red done for Days 1 and 2 and now need to add the green. These are some greens that are in my stash but they aren’t quite right. I can’t decide between bright & modern or traditional & dark. Thoughts?

And a few more photos from the weekend…

We had our Halloween block party.

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My favorite part was the horse drawn wagon rides.

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I was planning to enter the pie baking contest, but forgot to bake a pie. How do you forget to bake a pie? Then Tom volunteered to be a pie judge and they picked someone else. We really failed at the pie competition this year.

Coal was popular in his sweater.

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You know you’re a boy mom when walking in on this doesn’t even phase you. He was trying to show me that his socks have skulls on them too. A+ for follow through on a theme.

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Happy Tuesday!

Creeeeeeepy…

How is it that the weeks just keep speeding by? It seemed like it was just Summer and now here we are almost at the end of October.

It’s starting to look a bit like Halloween around here.

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I like any excuse to display my ouija board collection. Is it weird to have a ouija board collection in the first place?

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Spell check just informed me that I’ve been spelling ouija incorrectly for years. Some collector I am.

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I did the teensiest bit of stitching this week. It might be time to take a break and do some Christmas stitching because (yikes!) Christmas is just 2 months away! So much for planning ahead this year.

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But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, back to Halloween. We’ve got that covered.

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Summer fun

Hi Friends! How was your 4th of July weekend?

Ours was action packed! We had some:

Cross stitching with cat time

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Guitar playing with cat time

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Apple pie baking with kid time

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It was our first ever attempt at baking a lattice top pie. I was pretty proud of the results.

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There was also some parade watching with friends time.

When you live around Philadelphia, a parade is not complete until you see some Mummers…

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and the Philly Phanatic.

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There was a lot of hanging out with Charlie time.

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I mean, how can you resist this adorable mug?

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On Sunday, the boys left for overnight camp. What is a bored Mom to do but think up some new hobbies?

First up… Whipped Body Butter

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Coconut Oil + Shea Butter + Almond Oil + Rose= this!

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Next was soap making! That was SOOOO FUUUUUUNNNN! (Thanks to my friend, Linh, for expert advice via text!)

The recipe I used had Olive, Almond, and Coconut Oil in it. It also had a bit of Castor Oil and Shea Butter, but somehow they didn’t make it into the photo.

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I felt like a straight up Scientist, what with my safety goggles and digital scale. Tom helped me with the Lye because that stuff FRR— EEEKS me out!

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Linh recommended the hot process crockpot method which is perfect for an impatient person like me.

Check it out… I’m making SOAP!!!

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Mixing in some honey and oatmeal. Wheeeeee!

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Here’s what it looked like this morning after curing overnight. I am dying to slice it up!

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Are there any other soap makers out there? What are your favorite recipes? Any tips for a newbie? I have a feeling that everyone will be getting soap for Christmas this year.

Hello!

Happy Monday, Friends! Did you all have wonderful Mother’s Day celebrations? I hope so!

We had an activity-filled weekend. On Saturday, I made the mistake of trying to mow the lawn. I hadn’t renewed our landscaper contract and (in a moment of delusion) thought that it was something that I could do myself. HA! I got part of the front lawn done and thought that I would DIE! It must have been obvious that I was in over my head because our neighbor’s landscape guy came over to offer his services. I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

I got to do (almost) all of my favorite things on Sunday. Sleep. Eat delicious food. Play piano. Read. Kiss and cuddle my sweeties. Go for a family run (say what?! more on that later!). Organize the pantry. It was a pretty stellar day. I am one lucky girl indeed!

Here are some photos from our day:

Selfies with Charlie
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Selfies with Kid
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The other side of the table who refused to let me take a clear photo of them.
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Bubble Tea!
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No cross stitching because THIS arrived!!! Squeeeeee!!! Can’t put it down!!!
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An Escape

The other evening Charlie escaped and we couldn’t catch him. He stayed out all night long and meowed at our door at 5am. We were all wondering what he was up to that night. My guess is that he was chasing little creatures and having a grand old time. He’s an adventurer, our kitty boy.

Tonight is the school fair and then we have a weekend full of various kid’s activities. I’m hoping that I can carve out some stitching time. I miss it! Maybe that’s what I will ask for on Mother’s Day. That and maybe a massage and a few spring rolls and some kid-made cards thrown in. I don’t require much.

Happy Mother’s Day to you! Enjoy your day!

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