Where to start??!! I suppose first off I should say Merry Christmas! I truly hope you have all had a fun, relaxing few days! Heaven knows all PARENTS out there deserve a day or two off after all their hard work for the last month or two in getting ready for the big day! I KNEW I would get it all done in time ... I always do ... somehow *lol* Although about a month ago I was stressed to my back teeth with all that I had to do I actually was 100% ready about December 20th. I have had a few days to try to relax and enjoy ... and catch up on sleep! I am beyond thrilled to say that last night I managed a full 9 HOURS and am in an incredibly improved mood ... even Craig commented that I seemed "particularly happy today". Yep ... nothing like 2 days of absolutely no schedule and no stress to fix a gal up!
We had a fabulously relaxing day yesterday. Rebecca came in at 6:00 am but since I had mentioned, oh, about 19 times that I wanted everyone to stay in bed until 6:30 am I convinced her to crawl in with Craig and me for half an hour. We all managed to fall back asleep and I woke at 6:59 am! I would have rolled over again but I had told my parents to come over at 7:00 am and had visions of them sitting in their van ... in -28 degree weather so up we got! The girls stayed upstairs for a minute while Craig and I went down, plugged in the tree and (most importantly) started the coffee. I wanted to be in position when they came down stairs so I could see their faces when they saw the 4 foot tall doll house waiting for them. Oh what a wonderful sight! Their little faces lit up with excitement and my heart was happy. There won't be many more of these magical moments as Rebecca is now 9 1/2 years old and keeps asking if Santa is real. I haven't said yes or no ... I've just asked what she thinks and then I say that Santa is real as long as you believe in him. I tell her that Santa is not about the presents but that he is about love and believing in something you can't see or touch - much like God and Jesus. I know she WANTS to believe and even though "friends" at school have told her that Santa is just "your Mom & Dad" she will believe at heart for a little while longer. I had planned to tell her "the truth" after Christmas ... and even have the letter all picked out (thank you Pinterest!) explaining everything nicely but 3 nights ago I woke up at 2:00 am and was awake until 6:30 in tears over the prospect of ending the magic. I was seriously messed up! I had a breakdown like this when Rebecca turned 1 year old. I just kept crying because a very precious chapter in her life was closing. While I knew there were great, exciting chapters to come I mourned the passing of the thirst year of her life. This was very similar ... except that I couldn't find happy thoughts to get me through! I just couldn't cope with ending such a majical part of her life. Oh maybe I could handle letting Santa "go" but that would also mean the end of the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Trixie, our Elf on the Shelf. I simply couldn't do it. I decided that morning that I wouldn't give her the letter. Craig says "she needs to know" and worries she'll get ridiculed at school if she "believes". I disagree. I know if kids question her she'll say "I don't KNOW if he's real or not ... I mean you can't prove something DOESN'T exist" ... yes, I've prompted her a bit *lol*. Can you relate? I hope I'm not alone in my bizarre struggles. Is this sort of thing really worth losing sleep over? I dunno. I can't help it. I SO want my kids to have a happy, magical childhood ... it keeps me young and believing as much as them ... and I just can't end it.
ANYway! don't know where THAT ramble came from *lol* ... let's get on to some projects, shall we?? I mentioned a while back I had some projects to finish off ... and I did. First up I'll show you the ornaments we made using the Ornament Keepsake Kits that were on sale. These were fun to put together and I cracked 8 of them off in about 2 hours (the girls made one each too with my help)
Next up are some glitter ornaments. Not my original idea - I saw them on Pinterest and on Stampin' Connection. I LOVE making these glitter ornaments - they are very addictive! This year it was Rudolph:
Right. Next up are two cards that hit "the cutting room floor" when I was designing my projects for my article in the upcoming Stampin' Success Magazine. I was asked to design 4 projects using By the Tide from the new mini catalogue (have you SEEN that catalogue yet??? OMGoodness! Once again I earned quite a few air miles buying virtually every item in it!!!) Here is my first reject:
So that's what I've been up to ... that and organizing my craft room, as I do every Christmas break. I've reorganized all my punches and ribons and am in the process of purging my excess stock. SO therapeutic! I don't know when I'll post next ... I hope to craft some more this week while the kids play and Craig is at work ... but I have NO agenda .. I"m gunna take it as it comes ... for once!
I hope you have a relaxing week too ... and that you manage to get some "you" time in to craft, read or do whatever makes you happiest. Have a stampy week!