December Daily-Days 7-10

Still catching up on posts, so here are days seven through ten. Enjoy!

Day Seven

This was the day that the kids wrote their letters to Santa. I had a hard time with this page. I wanted to include a photo of the letters, as well as, journaling and photos of them. I opted to include a page that I cut down to about 2 1/2 in wide and 8 in long for their photos. I’m pretty happy with the outcome.

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Day Eight

Today I added our Christmas card. I went traditional this year instead of a photo card, but I did attach a family photo to the inside of each card. I love the way this page turned out. I sewed the card to the center of the 6×8 pocket page and then added the sequins and tab at the top and stitched it closed at the top.

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Day Nine

This was the day we had our Santa Search. The kids were super excited about it, so I decided to add it to the book. Just a story about the fun they had and a small collage of photos from the hunt. I like these 4×4 pockets pages. They’re great for Instagram photos.

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Day Ten

Today as part of our Advent, we were took the kids to Starbucks after Hudson got out of school to get them each a snowman cookie (we’ve taken them too late the last two years and Starbucks was completely sold out.) and we got some coffee. Then we took them to a local nursery where they had some of Santa’s reindeer on loan. It was such a fun little afternoon. I was excited to include one of the Starbucks bags into the album; especially this one that reads “Share The Merry”, which is exactly what we were doing. They always have the best holiday sentiments. I included the journaling on a card that I slid into the bag.

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I really liked the confetti in the December Daily kit and I just so happened to have a bag of it, so I picked out the traditional Christmas colors of red, green and white and then added some light blue too. I love the look!DSC_1536 DSC_1537

 

See you tomorrow with some more pages! Let me know if you have any questions about any of the products I used.

December Daily-Days 3-6

Hello! I’m mostly caught up with my album so I’ll be posting a few days at a time. Here are days three through six.

Day Three

I added decorating our tree for day three even though we did it way back in November. I usually do a collage for this because I always have a bunch of photos I want to include.

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 Day Four

Our week was FULL of appointments, haircuts, school and ballet so I wanted to add a page that just showed the normal stuff that was happening. The kids were overdue for haircuts and I wanted to make sure to get them in before all the Christmas festivities began.

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I added in an extra flip pocket so that I could include photos. DSC_1503 DSC_1504

 Day Five

Because we’d had such a busy week, I wanted to document our relaxing Friday night. So simple.

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This shot shows the back of the flip pocket. I simply included our initials and the date, which I stitched to the paper.DSC_1507 DSC_1508

Day Six 

This was the day we made our graham crackers houses. It’s a favorite activity for everyone, so it always gets a page in the book. Plus, they always turn out so different every year that it’s fun to look back at them. I haven’t added the journaling yet. I can’t decide if I want to add an extra pocket, just an insert or if I want to go back and add it to the photos like I wish I would’ve done to begin with.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with more pages. If you have any questions about any of the pages please don’t hesitate to ask!

Catching Up

Because my printer was out of ink and I didn’t get out to buy more until Sunday, I got a few days behind on my December Daily. But I’m catching up. I worked on it a bunch yesterday and I plan to get completely caught up today. So, I’ll be back tomorrow with all the days pages that I missed posting.

P.S. I’m totally loving how this album is turning out so far!

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All About Them: Santa Search

I’m interrupting my December Daily posts today because my printer ran out of ink and I had to send my photo to the printer which I haven’t picked up yet. But I also wanted to share with you one of the activities on our Advent calendar this year; a Santa search.

I bought some really cute puffy, bead filled Santa stickers at a local craft store without having any idea what I would do with them. But while I was browsing Pinterest looking for ideas for new activities I came across a photo of our fairy hunt from the Spring. It gave me a great idea. I realized the Santa stickers would be perfect for the same thing.

I plan to hide them around the house and when they each find one that’s holding a present then they get a prize. They’re going to love it! I think it’s on the calendar for next week. Fun, fun, fun!

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This is such a simple idea, but perfect for little kiddos. I’m always looking for new ideas and activities for our advent. Hooray for Christmas!

December Daily-Day 1

I can’t believe that it’s already December! When I realized that December 1st was on Monday, I didn’t feel ready to start this project at all even though I had already done some preparations. However, once I figured out what story I wanted to tell for the day, I was ready to dive in. I think that the first day is always the hardest, but after you get that under your belt, the rest seems to flow more easily. That’s the way it is for me anyway.

The story for today was about our tradition of opening wrapped Christmas books and checking the advent calendar. They also have their own sticker advent calendars this year that I bought at Target. I couldn’t resist. They were too cute. I also wanted to include photos and journaling about the kids tiny Christmas trees in their rooms because it’s a new tradition this year that will continue for years to come.

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This is the back side. I included a photo of each of their trees and then a 4×6 photo split of their sticker advent calendars. I was only going to include a photo of one of the calendars, but I didn’t want to someone to feel left out. I still need to add a little something on this side, but it can wait. I’m also not loving the “his” and “hers” stamps on the photos. At first I tried to just stamp onto the photos, but I didn’t like the look of it, so I stamped on cardstock, but it just doesn’t look right to me. I can’t figure out how I want it, so I’ll move on and come back when I feel inspired. No big deal.DSC_1412 copy

On to the next!

14 Books in 2014-Book 12

I finished my twelfth book within just a few days! I was totally into it and picked it up whenever I had free time.

I read The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

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This is the next book after The Paper Magician and picks up right where that one leaves off. When I read the first one, I didn’t realize that it was going to be a triology. And although I liked the first one, there wasn’t a lot of build up or relationship development with the characters before the major catastrophy takes place and it all seemed too sudden (But as you know, I still enjoyed it) However, now that I’ve read the second of the three books, it all totally makes sense and I became even more invested in the characters. The catastrophy was important foreshadowing.

Just like The Paper Magician, the book follows along with Ceony Twill who is an apprentice to Magician Emery Thane and their developing relationship. The magic in these books is so fascinating and makes you wish (to a certain extent) that it was all really possible. I love the relationship that Ceony and Emery have built. It’s a very quick read. I was so disappointed to be finished and look forward to the third book coming out next year.

(P.S. I just looked for the third book and it won’t be released until June 2! Uuuuugggghhhh. I don’t think I can wait that long to find out what happens. Except that I guess I have to.)

Our Fall Staycation

We didn’t take a family vacation this year. Jeremy was switching to a new job in the middle of summer and took a week off in between, but we just hung around the house and spent a lot of time outside.

Then this fall when Hudson had his break from school, we considered going somewhere, but decided to just save all our favorite fall activities for that week. It was a busy and super fun three days. The weather couldn’t have been better and the kids were so well behaved.

Our little staycation started on Wednesday with a visit to the local pumpkin patch. But this isn’t just any pumpkin patch. It’s called Vala’s and it’s HUGE. I think I read somewhere once that they bring in like a $1,000,000 each season. Whaaa? That’s super crazy given that the season is only like 6 weeks long! My point is that it’s an awesome place; however, never, ever go on a weekend. We’ve done it on more than one occasion and it was awful. TOO busy. So, since we finally learned our lesson, we went in the middle of the week. It’s the only way to go. Not only is it less busy, but it’s also cheaper. Score.

Everything we did at the patch was free with the exception of the pony rides, which were ridiculously expensive at $6 per ride, but we decided to splurge on one activity. It was either the pony rides or the train. They’ve been on train rides before, so we chose the ponies. They loved it. It was totally worth the money. Plus, they don’t get many opportunities to ride a real pony, so we loved that they got to have a new experience.IMG_4907 IMG_4990 IMG_4975 IMG_4973 IMG_4955 IMG_4940 IMG_4924 IMG_4922 IMG_4916 IMG_4905

 

Thursday we took the kids to the zoo. It was another beautiful day. We are zoo members, so we go a lot but hadn’t been for a while. They were putting up all the Halloween decorations. The kids loved it. I didn’t take my big camera on any of our adventures because I just didn’t want to have to haul it around. So all these photos were taken with my iPhone.IMG_5016IMG_5023 IMG_5038 IMG_5042

On Friday we took the kids to the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari that’s off the interstate just outside of Omaha. The kids love going because they can sit on our laps in the front seat while we drive through the safari and then there’s a spot where you can get out and walk to see bears and wolves and then hike to a little lake and back. It’s kind of a hidden gem.IMG_5048 IMG_5050 IMG_5057 IMG_5063 IMG_5069 IMG_5076 IMG_5081 IMG_5089 IMG_5093

On Saturday morning we picked up coffee and breakfast at Starbucks and then went for a drive through a local forest called Hummel Park to check out all the fall colors. IMG_5119 IMG_5120 IMG_5122 IMG_5125 IMG_5128

We ended up having to cut our fun a little short because Hudson came down with a fever and had to go to the doctor. So we spent the rest of the weekend around our house. It was so much fun, but very exhausting!

Happening Now

Reading The Glass Magician by Charlie M. Holmberg. I read The Paper Magician a while back and really enjoyed it. This book picks up right where the other left off.

Listening to the Serial podcast (obviously) and the Michael Buble Christmas station on Pandora.

Watching Homeland Season 3. Great show.

Planning our Thanksgiving trip to Sioux Falls.

Looking forward to going to see Mocking Jay with Jeremy next Friday.

Feeling excited to spend time with a good friend this weekend doing a little shopping and catching a movie.

Digging out all the Christmas stuff today. We usually put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving, but we’re doing it early instead this year.

Having mixed feelings about ordering cable. We only plan to have it through the winter. I felt like it was a must this year because I’m having a hard time adjusting to the early darkness for some reason.

Making some handmade Christmas gifts this year that I think are pretty awesome.

Loving that the red cups are back at Starbucks. They add just a tad more joy to my favorite coffee.

Sending out traditional Christmas cards this year instead of a photo card (Target has the cutest and prettiest cards this year!). I realized how much I’ve been missing the personalization that goes into traditional cards. But I still plan to attach a family photo in each one.

Adding some new holiday decor to our stash and going a little more modern/rustic this year.

Feeling so thankful for all the good that we’ve been blessed with this year. We had a rough three years, so this year has felt like a weight was finally lifted.

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