Still at the old farmhouse

Well, we all get busy at the holidays right?  Add to that normal craziness a house full of kids off of school for 2 weeks where everything is boxed up waiting for a move that has been dragging on forever, a very busy grandmother from the other coast who has flown in and all her stuff, my insane thought that I could get all the boys stockings done before Santa came (more on that later) , and trying to figure out how to involve the Tall Man and his family in our holidays and us into them.  So when I say it’s been busy I mean it!  Oh yeah and 2 feet of snow got dumped on us too!

So since we are still here and January is my super slow month, (I basically have the month off from 1 of my jobs) I have started planning.  Planning the kids rooms, planning the master room, thinking that I need new dishes, watching youtube how to videos, an ungodly amount of HGTV fix it shows and visiting stores both online and in person just to see what they have when the time comes to get things done, since most likely by then I will be super busy again with everyday life stuff.

Why are we still at the old farmhouse?  It’s a loooooooong story, one I will be happy to fill you in once we are moved, but I just can’t before then because to many things are still up in the air and my future (home) depends on it.

 

 

So….

 

Anyone know how to make a 3 year old go to sleep and not mess around for hours every night after lights out?

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What ever happened to the holidays?

I am just a little sick of our new “modern” Christmas craziness.

Frankly, I think the fact that I could buy Christmas decorations before Halloween was over (and the stores were already out of Halloween decor a week before the holiday) stores like Michael’s were opening at 4 pm on Thanksgiving day to start your Christmas shopping, and all of the commercials on the radio that were encouraging me to take out a holiday loan to afford gifts is just to much over the top!

I think the last straw was this week though when I was reading the paper at the diner and saw under the list of affordable gift ideas to give your kids teachers a coffee cup (good affordable idea) filled with a $50 coffee card!  What!  When did it become the norm to spend $60 on a teacher Christmas gift?  What ever happened to a small gift made by the child? A tin of homemade cookies or fudge?  Who has that much money for a teacher gift?  And for all the teachers?  That is insane!

What ever happened to having the Christmas you can afford?  One that won’t put you in to debt?  What happened to saving through the year for the holidays?  Making gifts if you could not afford to buy them?  Giving gifts that mean something and took some time to pick out, wrap up, and some thought instead of throwing gift cards at everyone?  Including your significant others?

I don’t know whats happened to the rest of the country, but in our house we are keeping Christmas real.  We are not taking out loans for gifts, or maxing out our (non-existent) credit cards.  We are making some gifts and buying others, We will not be giving a single person a  gift card or a pile of cash to “go and buy there own gift”.  Teachers will be getting gifts of baked goodness, the postman will most likely be getting the same box of fudge we have made him every year, and grandparents will get something homemade from the kids. Yes, we will buy our parents gifts as well as each other and the little people, but with in reason and with in our budget.  And we are making sure we are doing plenty of other things through the season, the little things that money can’t buy that make the season memorable and make it feel like Christmas; Driving around to see the Christmas lights up on everyone’s houses, wrapping gifts for each other and placing them under the tree,Visiting Santa in the town square, Standing in the cold to watch the annual Christmas parade, going to make Cookies  with the grandma, decorating gingerbread houses and snuggling up on the sofa at night as a family watching all the Christmas movies we can find on Netflix and TV, knowing that my mom will fly in for the holidays to share them with us, that We will go to the Tall Man’s parents house on Christmas eve and wake up Christmas morning to presents from Santa Claus, Coffee and Cocoa, and Cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

Now that is how we do Christmas in our house.  Just like the Tall Man and I did as kids with our families.  And in my mind, this is how Christmas should be…

A visit with Santa

Pinterest inspired: felt Christmas tree

Since our move got postponed yet again, and I am not about to be the Grinch on the 3rd big holiday this year with the decorating and such we are doing Christmas as usual and if we get to move before Christmas day we will just take it all down and move it with us!  And since I was home alone with laryngitis and didn’t feel like doing much it seemed like the perfect time to catch up on my dvr recordings and make one of those cute little felt trees that I have been seeing all over Pinterest  (and here and here and here I think you get the point – it is everywhere!)

I started with 1 yard of green felt from Walmart ( $3.97)

3 sheets of felt ( $0.23/ each) and left over felt from Halloween costumes.

It was super simple to do!  First fold your green tree felt in half long ways, then I free-handed the tree cut out using this as a template .

Template for tree

I like this look better than the big triangle.  I added a tree stump by hot glueing a square of brown to the bottom of it and attached it to the wall with velcro squares.

Then I started working on the ornaments, I decided to limit the amount of colors so it didn’t get to crazy to 5 and went with a christmas ball of each color, 2 lights of each color and then a random shape of each color and used an alternate color to accent everything.

Overall it took me about 2 hours for this project, and soon as the kids realized that it could be re arranged when they got home from school they have been at it ever since!

TIPS:  If you have a dog do NOT do this on  the floor ( or a cat for that matter) the felt is a magnet to their hair.  Put the animals outside, clean the floor, then get started

TIP 2: While it is really cute on the kitchen wall behind the table,  it is quickly becoming a pain in the but!  This is something everyone else seemed to realize instinctively , If  the tree is higher than your little one can reach you will have to help them constantly!  My older ones were having a good time playing with #5 all afternoon but now that everyone is at school and it’s pre-schools off day I have been playing tree decorating all morning – she can only reach halfway up the tree on her own!