So, on our last sane weekend of the year, I made a conscious decision to lay low and enjoy each other at home and get crafty...aka, messy. Although our holidays frequently have us not home, I want my boys to have lasting memories of the Christmas season at home in the place they grow up. A mental filmstrip of traditions and moments that make our home for the holidays (well really any day) a magical place to be. So I decorate to the nines. I come up with a plan and we see what happens. Oh and isn't he precious???
Anyway, I digress...Last week I gathered our materials and we fired up our creativity (them), patience (me) and went where the wind took us
First we made this awesome wreath that I saw in a quick clip on Good Morning America. Seriously, one of the easiest and most rewarding things ever. With 7 $1 tubes of assorted sized ornaments from Target, a wire hanger unlinked and a fancy bow I whipped up from some ribbon on hand, we made this awesome wreath for less than $10. Just thread those assorted size ornaments on and settle them together...and this is what you get!
And they were soooo excited seeing it come together and taking turns putting the next ornament on the hanger. I tried to assist in ornament selection for the best fit to nest them together, but was rejected...so it is a little off...but I pretty much decided I could make a ton a garland like this cheaply...and do it "my" way. But I think it came out pretty nice for a 1 year old and 2 year old.
We had a few ornaments left over that I let the boys hang on our tree...apparently they would be lonely if separated...
I got a wild hair and took down our protective gate from around the tree. I figure in a week or so, the boys have to deal with another ungated tree, that I better get them ready before we go for all our sanity. So, we spent a good deal of time practicing our "one finger touch". It is going remarkably well with only 1 broken ornament so far...nothing important.
Finally in the category of activity that they enjoyed most and that we did on and off all weekend...would be...giant cookie house/train with all the candy you can imagine...and by proximity....EAT! It was a "put-your-blinders-on-mom" free for all on sugar...but they had a ball! And even I got to do one all by myself...it was awesome...
And on that note...exhausted momma falling asleep at the key board...over and out...
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