Oh, we are a-Christmas-ing at our house this week. Lots of carols and shopping and wrapping. We even did a bit of crafting, making ornaments out of bread. We started by using cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the bread.
Lass mostly just wanted to eat it.
After we got them cut out I used a straw to make holes in them for hanging and we left them to dry out/get stale over night.
Then we painted and glittered them (I mixed some glue into the paint). Yes, I hate glitter. But it is a necessary part of holiday crafting with little girls, in my opinion. So, we braved the glitter. Lass hasn't done painting with a brush yet (unless you count her painting/eating endeavor with the pumpkins at Halloween), so I was just going to let her go to town with crayons and a piece of poster board.
But she saw Big Sister with the paint and was not about to settle for boring old crayons.
She did a great job. She did immediately try to put the brush in her mouth, but refrained when I told her no. Perhaps that's why it wasn't long before she got tired of painting and wanted to get down.
This girl, on the other hand, was all about focus. She painted and glittered ornaments for her babysitters, her two teachers, and her Daddy, carefully choosing the shape, paint color, glitter color, and hanging ribbon color for each recipient.
There are only a few left that haven't yet been given out or put on our tree. I think they turned out pretty cute, though I'm not sure how well they'll hold up. The one Miss gave to her Daddy is already in the trash after Lass tried to eat it and broke off the top of the ornament where the string hole was cut. They are made from bread, after all...
Today was Miss's holiday party at her school. She got to play a game where she tossed a big jingle bell into a bucket to win a present. This is her shy smile after achieving her objective.
She decorated cookies to set out for Santa.
And she filled a bag with reindeer food (which looked like a mixture of oatmeal, glitter, and maybe some flour, with a few jingle bells and cinnamon sticks thrown in). We will be taking this to the Farm tomorrow night.
The girls had lots of fun playing with the Christmas tree tonight. You might have noticed that Lass has a new hairdo by the way.
The barrette just wasn't always working that well, even when she did keep it in her hair.
So we're all about the spouting pony look these days. It works much better and is so stinking cute. You wouldn't believe the number of comments this thing gets when we go out in public.
I did a little experimenting with my fun new-ish camera lens to try to achieve a new photography effect I have recently learned about. It's called "bokeh" and is basically "the aesthetic quality of the blur," or something like that. Look at how the Christmas lights are twinkly and out of focus behind the girls. That's what I was going for.
I love Holiday bokeh!
And I love this.
Check out the leotard/tights/ballet shoes combo on Miss. Notice she's wearing the same leotard in the top photos as well. She has been in one or the other of her two tights/leotard combinations since we got back from Kentucky for almost every moment of the day. It is like pulling teeth to get her to put clothes on to go to the store or to school. She had on that adorable Matilda Jane top at her school party today, and asked to change back into this as soon as we arrived home. She got back on the ballerina kick when my Auntie got her a magnetic wooden "paper doll" ballerina for Christmas. The first night we got home from Kentucky she asked to put on her ballerina costume. I let her put on the shoes and tutu, since it was almost time for bed (thinking these would be easier to get into and out of when it was time for jammies). She ended up sleeping in those anyway, and has slept in some sort of ballerina get up every night since. And she dances the part too. It's awesome.
Tomorrow will bring lots more Christmas-ing, with tons of shopping, wrapping, caroling and then packing and traveling to the Farm, where the Christmas-ing will continue through the weekend. So I'd better get some sleep!