Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Monday, December 28, 2009

December 26

Traditionally, I go to the after Christmas sales on 12/26. This year was no different....well it sort of was very different. My husband and I went out with our son, but let me tell you, we were not out long. Having a baby changes everything! The crowds were more than we could handle. Pushing a stroller through all the crazyness was less than picturesque. We went to about 3 stores, spent very little and headed home. It was probably best for our finances anyway.

So we came home and I made us a meatless dinner. I made Butternut Squash and Chipotle soup and grilled Cheese sandwiches. I found the recipe for the soup here

It was very tasty! I actually added heavy cream to cut down on the spicy taste, but it still had a bit of a kick.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009

We had a great time this year. The day started with opening wonderful gifts. What could be better than that? Watching our son experience his first Christmas. He is only 8 months old so of course, he does not know whats going on. And of course we could have simply thrown some wrapping paper on the floor and would have been just fine. But of course, we did not do that. Because this was also our first Christmas as parents so we bought and wrapped gifts for him. Then we tried to coax him into unwrapping them. Of course, I ended up opening them. It was still a ton of fun.



Opening his last gift:


We spent time with dear friends and had scrumptious food for dinner. This was there first time meeting our son:


Sorry for the wierd orientation!

We had a wonderful day together!


We ended the day with another new tradition: Reading the story of the birth of Christ to our boy, lest we all forget the true reason we celebrate Christmas.


All and All, the holiday season has been very special for us.

Looking forward to posting more in 2010.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Handmade Holiday

This year, I did not have much time to prepare for the holidays. I am still pursuing my masters and had prepare for an oral presentation due on 12/21. Since my son came along, studying has not been a priority so I was barely hanging on academically. I had no motivation. I just wanted to be with my family and craft. So, since I did all that, I ended up putting off the studying until the last minute. I am happy to say that I passed. So that is over with. Unfortunately it also meant that my shopping, just about all of it, was done on Christmas Eve!

At any rate, I did manage a few handmade items. We really want to create memories and traditions. I did not grow up with many family traditions so I really want that for our son. So here are some of the things we did this year that we plan to continue.

Family Pajama Pants! One thing my parents always did was get new pajamas for us every Christmas. I decided to take it a step further and make family Christmas Pajama pants. Check us out:


I got the fabric at JoAnn's on Black Friday. I found an easy tutorial online and made the pattern and then sewed them up. Very easy project.

I also participated in an ornament swap. I received some beautiful handmade ornaments for my tree. Here is a picture of the ornaments I made:


Its sort of a beaded icicle. I swapped these and only kept one for myself. They were a hit.

Then decided to try my hand at candy making. I made these decadent sea salt carmels. I found the recipe here

These are these most decadent treats ever!


Here they are wrapped:


The Holiday has been fantastic so far. Our son is the best gift we received this year.

More Christmas day photos to follow.

Oh, here is our 2009 Christmas Tree:


Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Lights


We went took our boy to see Candy Cane Lane in El Segundo to see the Christmas lights. These folks put on the dog in this neighborhood. Some homes had electric trains in the front yard and one family was actually showing the Polar Express in the front yard. It was a nice evening and our son was looking around in wonder. I think he enjoyed the lights. We for sure enjoyed watching him as he looked at the lights.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!


Today I celebrated my first birthday with my husband AND my son today. It was a great day! I could have received no gifts because I got the best gift ever on 4/21/09! I feel blessed to have my family and am grateful for this day.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Blogging again

I know I have neglected this blog, but I have been super busy with my little boy. i have been doing a little bit of crafting here and there but not so much knitting or crochet.I have been sewing a bit but mostly, I have been scrapbooking. Having a baby changes everything and I just love scrapbooking about the little guy. I think I have about 20 pages in his book. And I still have to scrapbook halloween and thanksgiving. My son is getting so big so fast. I will post a picture soon and very soon from thankgiving.

Motherhood is everything I hoped it would be and more. Now that he is older, we are getting sleep, but sleep deprivation is a crazy thing. Noone can explain it to you or prepare you for it. You just have to experience it. I went back to work when he was 3 months old. Its been crazy trying to be a working mother. I don't know how women do it! I guess we just do.

WE are enjoying all the firsts. 1st Halloween, 1st Thanksgiving, etc. My husband buys him a bib to commemorate all of these firsts. I will have to think of a way to save them all. Hmmmmm, maybe I can scrapbook with them?

Anyway, now we are getting ready for our first holiday season. I am having cookie exchange this weekend and we are putting up the tree. I also have some other family projects going. Whew! I am doing way too much. I will post some pics very very soon of my latest project. I am sew proud of myself. That a hint!