Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Christmas 2010

Wugs of course made out like a bandit, her Nonna could have outfitted a small army with all those presents. As for me, my Christmas gift arrived about four months ago...the glittery stuff underneath the Christmas tree was just icing on the tippity-top.

Friday, 24 December 2010

All is calm, all is bright

My first Christmas Eve as a new mama, and I am up late late tying a few loose ends, wrapping some presents, and reflecting on all our blessings this past year. There are so many, and I am so thankful. Merry Christmas!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Lunar Eclipse and everything else

The beauty in having a little one in your life is it forces you to slow down, throw your hands up, and say not this year if you try to become too type A in the planning of all the Christmasing.

So here it is. Not this year. Setting it all aside. There, done.

In three hours from now we'll be waking up to look at the moon, because I'll be long gone before there's anything like this lunar eclipse again. And tomorrow for Winter Solstice I don't plan on turning on any lights except for the Christmas tree and candles. I want to slow down and enjoy this.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Day 14 of Advent

Pick out a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and bring it home.

 I want to decorate a tree in the middle of the woods like this someday.

Christmas prezzies for a 4-month old

Shhhhhhhh, don't tell Wugs please.
Combi jumper
Because bouncing calms her second only to the boobie.
Bumpy Balls
Because she puts everything in her mouth.

Wrist rattle
Because she is always moving those chubby arms and legs.
Bijou baby boots
Because look at them!! I want a pair in my size.

Sophie the Giraffe
Because we suspect teeth are a comin'.

Because she needs a bff for car rides.
Trumpette socks.
Because none of her newborn socks fit anymore.
*oops! These are boy socks. I don't care though, I think M will look fab in them.

We also got some clothes and there may be a few belated gifts like a growth chart (okay, that one's more for mama) and wooden blocks. And then there's a special little handmade gift I've been working on which I'll post about later. I know that at this point Mila's only interested in the crinkly wrapping paper but I'm still so excited to be celebrating my daughter's first Christmas. I feel so blessed to be able to say that, too. 

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Day 13 of Advent

Make gluhwein and watch The Year Without a Santa Claus.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Day 12 of Advent

Make pj's for Mila to wear on Christmas Eve.

AMH Patchwork Sleep Sack  Eesh. Another work in progress. With Marmousch's help (read: Marmousch is pretty much doing all the sewing) I'm trying to make the patchwork sleep sack from Anna Maria Horner's awesome book Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby. When it's done it will look something like the picture. Considering we still must swaddle Mila to get her to sleep, I'm not in a huge rush to get it done by Christmas Eve like I had originally thought. Not pj's exactly but I'm hoping a nice transition from swaddling to regular jammies.

Day 11 of Advent

Bake Christmas cookies with Marmousch.

Chocolate Marshmallow Cookie Treats Now Marmousch has baked her fair share already but I have yet to do any Christmas baking. What can I say, there's only so many hours in the day and I've got a delicious little girl who eats tissue paper and giggles when I blow belly raspberries on her. Baking will have to wait. Here are some cookie recipes I've bookmarked for next year (plus the chocolate marshmallow cookie recipe by clicking on the picture).

Molly's Mini-chip Meringues
Nutella Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies
Chocolate Puddle Cookies
Limoncello Macaroons

Friday, 10 December 2010

Day 10 of Advent

Make a stocking for Mila. 

Marmousch sewed up one that sorta looks like this one, with a few changes. The snowflake making is giving me headaches. I'll post pictures when it's done.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Day 9 of Advent

Mila meets Santa.

Turns out Steve has high standards about what Santy should look like. The things you find out about your spouse when a child comes into your lives...

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


I just want to stop time and live in a love bubble with her. Someday she'll be embarassed that I wrote that but she'll just have to deal. Oh how I love our girl.

Mila, 2 days old
Mila, 100 days old

Day 8 of Advent

Walk to the bookstore and pick out Christmas books for the Wugs.

I got The Little Match Girl (I forgot how incredibly sad it is!) and Steve picked out The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

p.s. One year ago today I found out I was pregnant.

Day 7 of Advent

When your baby and husband are fast asleep, settle in with a cup of homemade chai tea and start working on Christmas cards.

Monday, 6 December 2010

Day 6 of Advent

Watch a Christmas movie. Husband gets to pick.

He picked Rudolph, the old-fashioned Burl Ives version.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Day 5 of Advent

Make homemade marshmallows, for all the hot chocolate you're going to be making this month.

Day 4 of Advent

Go to the Christmas parade.

Wear your daughter in the front-facing carrier and overhear a little boy say, "Look at the kangaroo!"

  look at those cheeks! I die over them every day!

Friday, 3 December 2010

Day 3 of Advent

Make chocolate spoons. 
Just melt, dip, and chill. And stir into your morning coffee.


Thursday, 2 December 2010

Day 2 of Advent

Walk to the chocolate shop to buy a chocolate panettone.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Advent Calendar 2010

I saw this in webland last year and loved it...little did I know then that I would have a real live perfect baby by then (we wouldn't find out until a week later), and therefore a plethora of baby shoes. Mila graciously loaned her shoe collection in the name of advent. Inside the shoes? Fun stuff we're gonna do each day this month...because it's Christmas.

p.s. Last year's calendar.