Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Festivities and To Do's

Busy month so far with lots we've been doing (tree is up! house is decorated!) and lots of to-do's tickling around in my mind (Christmas cards asap)!

It's her first Christmas and we are soooo excited to start some new traditions and to capture all the joy and magic with her! I just love walking down the stairs with her every morning and hearing her little "oooooh" of excitement when she sees the tree. Every morning. :) Its so freaking cute.

Heading out to our first Christmas party. Aren't her boots just adorable?!
Our Christmas to do's so far:
*Get pictures with Santa. (Will she cry or smile? I'm betting on cry).
*Get pictures of her at home in front of the tree in all her Christmasy outfits
*Get christmas cards ordered, picked up and sent out (Costco? Shutterfly?)
*Take her to look at Christmas lights somewhere (maybe Leavenworth? maybe a local neighborhood? She LOVES Christmas lights)
*Decorate some cookies together. Right now she will have the most fun just shaking the sprinkles, but its a tradition for me anyways.
*Make a reusable advent calendar for next year
*Watch Christmas Vacation a few more dozen times ;) - me & hubby, not her
*Making some Christmas crafts and presents together like this (she's a little young for her to enjoy crafting, it will be more for me and for "memory makers" :))

I was able to knock out one round of homemade Christmas gifts so far: glittery hand-print ornaments!

 These would have been WAY easier to do when she was like 3 months old vs. 10 months old and all squiggly and grabby. Getting a non smeared, decent handprint was really hard. our table ended up looking like a murder scene with red handprints everywhere! ha ha. Next time maybe green handprints instead of red.

We finally got some good ones when we placed the ornament in her hand and let her hold it briefly with her hand facing her, instead of trying to press and place her hand on the ornament.

After the paint dried, I wrote her name, the year and age on it and then painted over the handprint with modpodge and filled out any gaps/made the handprint look more normal. Then I sprinkled red glitter over it.

After the red glitter dried I brushed gently with a dry paintbrush over it removing any loose glitter and then I sprayed it with a glossy sealant.

Then I sprayed the sealant inside the ball and poured white glitter inside it and shook it up. Finished up with a green wire bow, and voila! Cute little ornaments for the grandparents.

I'm finding lots of cute tradition ideas, like the ones this blog:

So fun! I really look forward to doing a lot of those when she's a little older, like Elf on the Shelf and wrapping up a different book for each night!

Speaking of books, I just have to say how much we love the "Bear Snores On" series and how awesome the Christmas book "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" is! One of our favorite series! Fun and lyrical to read, adorable illustrations and so sweet. We read this one every night so far as we don't have many Christmas books yet. You should check the whole series out!

So that's what we got go going so far this start of December!

What are some of your fun holiday traditions and "to do's" on your list?


PS - Other to do's tickling around in my mind - her first birthday party coming up (yay! eeeek,  tear, sniff) and creating a "routine" or schedule for her at home for Daddy and Grandma to follow on days they watch her. I hate tight schedules so it definitely won't be anything like that, but I know that young children thrive with routine...so I want to do some research and find some ideas for a good routine for us to aim for at home . She goes to daycare 1-3 days a week so having a routine that matches up with what they do at her daycare would be good. (Any good daily schedule/routines you've got to share? Would love to hear!)

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