December started with a revamp of all the body butter packaging.
Then came my last show of the year with the West Elm + Etsy event. I had a blast stepping outside my box display wise and using props from the store.
Then because Rory had gotten his cast off he was ready to start riding his bike. Finn couldn’t be out done so was happy to play on Jack’s scooter.
Then I had the kids paint some wood cut out birds as decorations for our tree as I didn’t think glass ornaments and hard tile floors would get along well. The kids decorated the tree and we were lucky to have Steve home to hang some lights on the outside. Even if the weather was 70+ it was beginning to feel a bit festive.
Lexi with all her culinary skills made us some fab chicken stir fry one night for dinner.
After the ornament painting the boys were on a painting kick.
As a special request I made some just plain scented bath salts.
My poor mail carrier this is what she saw on a pretty regular basis through November and December.
We decorated some gingerbread houses.
Jack turned 8! Can you believe it EIGHT!!! Pirate themed and an ice-cream cake!! All he wanted for weeks before was a cat so we searched for days on craigslist and scored this sweet little girl he aptly named Mason.
Then it was the first night of Chanukah and Steve said the blessings for us over the phone and we had amazing sweet potato latkes which I forgot to get a picture of.
Then I decided to take on the insane task of making everyone in the family stockings. Not just any stockings stockings that would match their quilts to come in the future. So now just a week before Christmas while still packing and filling orders I had to nail down color schemes and actual quilt patterns for at least 5 people. Lexi’s actually used leftover pieces and an embroidery square from her quilt. Jack’s was actually easy I knew he wanted an orange zig zag. Rory would want pink, Aidan blue, and Finn green, but to find patterns to match their personalities was hard. In the end I think they came to great.
On Christmas Eve we were invited over to a friends home to celebrate Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) the food was AMAZING!!! There was mojito pork, rice, beans, fried plantains, Tres Leches Cake and great friends! We had so much fun and like we belonged! THANK YOU Frances, Julie & Families!!
Then we hurried home to unwrap our traditional Christmas pajamas and climb into bed! If you look closely Aidan & Steve have matching pants.
Then we woke up and opened up some fun presents. That apron Lexi is holding up and the bedside organizer Steve is holding up those were made by Aidan back when he got his craft on. That tshirt I got Steve was really an joke because at EVERY show I do I get asked at least once if when I make soap if it is like the scene in Fight Club.
Then one day I finally followed my kids out with my camera to catch some shots of them all riding their new bikes they got earlier in the month for St Nicholas Day.
We wound up both the month & year with a visit from my Dad and a little New Year’s Eve swimming.