you get bonus points if you remember Jada's restyled Christmas dress from last yearwhich was featured on Rachel Denbow's blog !! (i know, shameless name-dropping but it's my only claim to fame and i'm gonna claim it thankyouverymuch! ;) )
did you make something new for you or your kiddos to wear on the 25th?
i can barely SEE any difference between these 3 pics but boy, do i FEEL it!!
my placenta is right at the back so i'm really feeling every last little movement this time which is a special bonus for my last time being pregnant...even though sometimes i swear a foot is going to bust right through my skin!
it's a really very responsive babe and i'm enjoying having him/her all to myself for this brief time.
1. take pictures of your kiddos holding an invisible bunting - think about how you want to position your frames and give them spots to look at while taking their picture so that it will look like they are looking at each other once hanging on the wall:
(because they've done it before they understood my instructions. i gave Danny a small piece of paper to hold between his fingers though)
2. select the best photos. fiddle with the images until satisfied.
3. choose your frames and remove the glass.
4. print your images to fit the frames you have selected and prepare your bunting (i soaked mine with a tea bag to give it a more aged look)
5. for support, place some tape on the back of the image where the kids fingers are then poke a hole where you want to thread the bunting. thread a small piece of bunting through this hole and tape again to hold in place.
position and hang!
now i know it does look kinda awesome to have a fistful of kiddos to hold your bunting for you this Christmas, but if you only have 1, or even none you can still swing a bunting (or Christmas greeting - i'd love to do this one) between two photos...even if it's just of you and your pug :)
1. i used to think croup was an ancient disease, like 'consumption' or something. now, it's a much-too-common dirty word that gets hissed through vapouriser steam in the middle of the night. how is it They can transplant hearts, hands and faces but there is no prevention/cure for common childhood croup?
(still, i'd rather croup than asthma, allergies, whooping cough or a million other things)
2. i suspected my reason for decorating our home for Christmas was so i could showcase it here, not for us to enjoy. and so - to teach myself a lesson - there will be some strict Christmas Decor Posting Guidelines!
3. i'm getting weary of the word, "vintage". you?
4. we are heading off on a 4-5 hour road trip tomorrow to the Hawkes Bay. any travelling-with-a-million-kids tips?
5. the burst of followers on this here blog has been unexpected and quite lovely, but i miss making friendships like i did when there were only 50. please introduce yourself and comment often so i can get to know you. that'd be real nice~
6. confession: i've been really struggling to enjoy the kiddos lately. i hate these phases. parents who treat their kids as inconvenient make me so mad...and i've been that parent recently. it usually comes from a self-absorbed preoccupation with slaving for my family vs. serving them. gah~
7. i still have a bunch of Christmas presents to get - and am totally stumped on most of them.
8. this time 2 years ago, i was 40 weeks +1 with Danny. but no one knew i was "overdue" because i never tell my EDD. ha
9. guess what else? the kids are all in the same room! and we are in a room by ourselves for the first time in 4 years - such a novelty to talk loud and turn lights on when we go to bed! will give you a tour soooooon.
here i am sewing 50 million (13) dolls while we were on our pre-Christmas holiday at the beach last week. it turns out that Nina isn't claustrophobic or prone to travel sickness! hurrah, she may become a regular holiday-goer :)
and now that the Christmas doll orders are crossed off the list, it's time to get festive.