Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas Chaos



(ahhhhh!) I can't get my pics where I want them! okay...moving on....)





So, because we're slightly nuts, we decided to do a mostly handmade Christmas. Here are some of the highlights...
That first pic of Sam and his super cool monster beanbag game that Weston had a blast making for him!
And then there's Zoe holding the funky mouse I made for her. I had such fun making it! But she's hardly played with it since she opened it. So sad!
I made Ryan a magnetic scrabble board so we can always be playing a game together!


Weston has been playing with us, too. It's really fun.

I had really been wanting something to help organize my dangly earrings, so Ryan came up with this cool thing. It's just what I wanted (he left it unfinished because he wasn't sure if I wanted it stained or painted. I think I'll paint it black and hang it in my bathroom)....


Ryan also spoiled me with a gift card to Jo-Ann's and a pasta machine! Okay. That sounds strange, eh? Well, I really wanted the pasta machine so I could try a new craft....polymer clay pendants! Hmmmm....they're much cooler than they sound.
That "handy" board there in the corner is a wood hot pad that Ryan helped Sam make. Now Sam will always be holding my pots! (He's our little helper...he LOVES to help us)
Weston helped Ryan make me a wood knife holder to sit on the kitchen counter. Very cool! When Ryan asked Emmett what he wanted to make for me, he said, "A notebook!" :) Ryan got a binder and Emmett filled it with paper. Then he drew a picture for the front of the binder and wrote a sweet letter for the back. Unfortunatly I misplaced it! I wanted to share his letter....I'll have to edit this when I find it.

One of the best gifts our family recieved was from my mom. She made us this gorgeous flannel quilt. It's so soft and perfect for snuggling up with the family and watching Spongebob (that was how we first used it anyways!)....





Sam, our little hero, was happy to open this gift that I whipped up for him just a couple days before Christmas...





Weston LOVES playing chess and he's in a chess club at school. So, I stenciled him a chess shirt. He LOVED LOVED LOVED it! I was so surprised at the reaction it got. He promptly put it on and proclaimed he would wear it every Wednesday to school since that is chess club day. This made me quite happy.
Also, for one of his gifts, I put together a beginning sewing kit for him in a manly tool box. I put in supplies (scissors, measuring tape, pins, felt, etc.) and a beginning sewing project book. Christmas day he made a little felt mouse. He's so good!
Emmett had been wishing for a dinosaur shirt. This is what I came up with....




Emmett modge podged this board for Weston to hang in his bedroom. He picked out photos he thought Weston would like, like shots from his baptism, a silly pic of him and his cousin, Natassha and other fun pictures.....














The boys helped make this bow holder for Zoe...



And then here's the whole gang proudly displaying some of our favorite gifts (I was so concerned with getting all the kids situated that I didn't think about holding up MY favorite gifts, but if I had remembered to grab them, I would have been holding the earring board Ryan gave me and the quilt from my mom)...

Zoe got that sweet little rocking chair from Santa. She loves it. When she finds Sam sitting in it, she screams and pushes him until he gets up. Ryan is wearing his wicked cool tye-dyed shirt that Sam made for him (Weston and Emmett tye-dyed him some socks to match :). Oh, and I also stenciled him a couple of funny shirts. One said, "Never trust a man with a mustache." And the other was a picture of a man with furry arms and it simply said "The Second Amendment" ha!
Originally we were all wearing the jammies with monster snowmen on the front that I made for us, but Ryan and the boys put their new shirts on. Oh, and Zoe is sporting the little corduroy coat she got with a new outfit. She loves that coat and insists on wearing it with many many outfits that don't possibly match! Like...red velvet! ha!
Oh! One of the best things we ever bought was our gift to the whole family. We bought a 9-in-1 game table. It has pool, foosball, air hockey, baseball, chess....and many others. WE'VE LOVED IT! It's been such a great thing for our family.

We had a really great Christmas! The boys many other gifts, but I was so happy to see their joy over the handmade gifts. And they loved making them for each other even more.
We had such a great Christmas break. We went sledding and played games and laughed and ate too much. We read books and watched home videos and drank hot cocoa and had candlelit dinners. I was sad to see the boys go back to school and Ryan go back to work, but very grateful for the wonderful memories we made.
OH, and I must say....we opened so many great gifts that I couldn't mention them all, so, thank you to our friends and family for spoiling us. You all always do too much....
especially the cheese grater from my brother. ha!
(okay...actually he gave us a COMPUTER he built. Can you believe it?? He gave us a COMPUTER! very cool. BUT he wrapped up a fancy shmancy cheese grater for us since the last time he was in our kitchen he saw that our's was woefully inadequate.)


8 comments:

* said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! what would the holidays be like with out kids?? it's actually a sad thing to think about.

Sundi and Mike Pace said...

Oh man! Everything is soooo cute! I think you should sell the little mouses! And all the shirts and beanbag toss and scrabble game!!! I'M JUST SO IMPRESSED!!! Can you feel my enthusiasm?

Skye said...

Wow, all your handmade stuff was awesome! I wish i was creative and crafty as you. What a great idea to do a handmade christmas. Thanks for sending me your blog link!

Robyn said...

VERY cute! You and so creative it kills me!

Shober Fam said...

Yay! Another blog for me to add to my list :) I like it! Hope you are having a good day!

John and Alysha said...

What a great Christmas! You are all so talented. Love all of it. WOW! I love the mouse! I think my baby needs one :) I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your holiday. I did too. I was very sad to see it end. Love the blog too! Love and miss you guys!

Tina said...

Wow Erin, welcome to the blogging world. It's so much fun; I love it!!! Crazy that we live in the same town yet the only way we see each other is via internet. Looks like your family had a great Christmas. You're very ambitious - I don't know about making all those gifts - I just don't have time!

Kanabites said...

great idea. I loved the pictures and reading about your family. Glad that you have a family blog now. I look forward to many fun things to come.