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Christmas cookies
December 24, 2010, 3:39 pm
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My son, stepdaughter and I were making Christmas cookies with the Trader Joe’s sugar cookie kit.  This is actually the third batch that I’ve made with my son. SO GOOD!  I truly have to restrain myself from eating ALL of them.  Especially with a nice cup of coffee.  I highly recommend that you rush out now and buy all of these kits, plus all of the peppermint Jo-Joe’s.  Those are also amazing.  Don’t get me started on the chocolate covered ones.

This is a fun Christmas for me, as my son is turning three tomorrow!  Christmas has taken on a new meaning now that I’m a mom…and it’s his birthday.  I’m excited for him.  We bought him a couple of nice trucks, and I can’t wait to see his face when he opens the presents.  Beyond that, though, I feel lucky to have such a lovely family.  My husband has been slaving away in the basement, trying to “finish” it in order to have some more breathing room around here.  I think that he should win the “husband of the year” award, for all the work that he’s done on this project.  I am very grateful.  Actually, he should win “husband of the year” award, as he is the one that suggested I quit my job.  Our quality of life and parenting won out over our financial, and my career, needs.  It was very hard to do, but it has been very good for all of us.

I am also grateful to have three, very fun kids.  Sometimes a little TOO fun, and then I need to hide.  Otherwise, they have a great time together, and generally make me laugh.  My son regularly comes out with statements that are hilarious.  Like when my DH asked him to stay downstairs, instead of following me upstairs to the bathroom…my son barked at him, “DAD!  Don’t make things complicated!!!”  Seriously.  He’s two.  At least he hasn’t started rolling his eyes at us yet.  I’ll cry the day that he won’t let me hug and smooch him on the cheek.

Sigh.  I think that I actually love Christmas Eve more than Christmas Day.  Is that terrible to say?

Have a lovely holiday!!!



Tree again!

So, in spite of the fact that I think that we have a very cute tree…not all of my family members will recognize it as a “tree”. Sheesh!  Don’t you think that it looks cute?  I’ll admit, it doesn’t have the “home-made” look…with ornaments made in kindergarten, etc.  I like those kind of trees too.  BUT, this tree has a certain exuberance, that I think makes it fun.  I mean, it’s like a mini fireworks display in our dining room!  Okay, I’m clearly biased.  Don’t worry…next year is the other tree’s turn…a real one.  Remind me to ask for a mini vac for Christmas.

this is how my son’s decorating went:



Progress images & tree debate…

Hello all!  I’ve been asked to try to provide progress images of what I’m up to.  Here’s a serigraph (screen print), that is in progress:

Here some images of my holiday cards…relief print:

And here is something in progress…tree ornaments!  This is a good segue to my next topic: tree debate!

Okay.  When I was growing up, our family would sometimes get a real tree at Christmas time…and sometimes not.  When we didn’t get a real tree, we used my mom’s FABULOUS silver aluminum tree.  I believe that she and a girlfriend bought the tree when they had a tiny apartment in Chicago.  Anyway, I loved that tree.  Much to my horror, she threw it out one year WITHOUT ASKING ME FIRST.  I know…get a life.  Whatever.  So, I’ve wanted one of those trees for ages.  I got a vintage one from ebay last year, and I was SO excited.  I think that my mom’s tree was better.., but this one is pretty cool.  Okay, so the debate is: the rest of my family is not fond of the idea of a fake tree, never mind a silver one.  So, I’m posting photos to get more opinions. Am I crazy, or is this thing kind of cool?  Be honest.  The first photo is just the plain tree…bare bones:

I know…it has a sort of Charlie Brown sparseness to it.  But wait!  What if I add some lights?

What if I go crazy, and add some PINK lights?  (as we had in my childhood…should explain a lot about me)

I know.  My husband is NOT going to go for this.  But whyyyyyyyy???  Isn’t it COOL?  No?  Hmm…okay, I also made some silly, pillow ornaments for the tree.  You may hate these as well, but give me your opinions on them:

And now, in the silver tree:

So, what do you think?  Creepy? Cute? Blah? Yucky?

I like them!  I know.  Mies van der Rohe would throw up.

My son, inspecting the tree:




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