26 November 2010

A Little Preview




I feel sort of lazy lately, but looking back it appears I was not as lazy! We signed up for Netflix two months ago, more movies means more crocheting. Besides the hats pictured I also made about 10 other hats that you've already seen but the pattern repeated. Folks are ordering for Christmas. Walmart started carrying a super chunky Lion Brand yarn. I am so in love! I can whip up a ladies hat in about 30 minutes with the yarn. Plus the colors are delish! One of my photographer friends ordered three ruffled diaper covers and a pea pod cocoon. Making those diaper covers was pretty annoying. All that ruffling is time consuming. I had plans to make myself three as well but ended up with only one. Amelia helped me design her Christmas shirt, which matches her skirt from last year! This evening I made Phillip a Christmas shirt. My favorite creation was the giraffe outfit for Phillip. So cute.

Thanksgiving





We joined 9 other families from our ward to celebrate Thanksgiving. About half the families were smaller making the effort of baking a huge meal not so appealing. We joined efforts and pulled off an amazing meal. Our brined turkey and turkey gravy were a huge hit. I tried a new brine this year, adding some spices to the brine: bay leaf, rosemary, garlic, thyme, savory, broth, and salt water. The gravy was good enough to drink all by itself. Dinner was ready to go by 2:30. Phillip has a low tolerance for prayers longer than 5 seconds. He yelled, "All done" at the 5 second mark. Justin and Amelia really helped out with the cooking. Justin cleaned up after my messes and played sous chef for a while. After dinner we stayed around until 5 pm talking and enjoying the company. It was worth the effort! No pancakes after all.

Today we changed around the decor for the Christmas season. I worked all through Phillip's nap, once he woke up the little guy was amused for the rest of the day exploring all the changes. Amelia loved decorating the tree. She kept saying, :"Oh Mom, do you remember how much I loved this snowflake/ornament when I was a baby?" We sang Christmas songs and had a merry time. We all helped Justin put up some Christmas lights outside. It was not toooooo windy or cold, quite the luck considering the cold spell of late. I am dead tired now. Between cleaning the kitchen and dining room then decorating for Christmas...then some sneaky Christmas shopping at Walmart (by myself), I did not get a chance to rest until 4:30 pm. Those busy days make you grateful for your health.