Tag Archives: Christmas

How to wrap a Wii game

23 Dec

Christmas is just days away.  Have you wrapped all your gifts yet?

Does anyone have a silly 6 year-old that they need to wrap a gift for?

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Let’s say you get that silly kid a game for their Wii and it weights a pound and is super small and not very exciting if sitting under the tree.

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I know I am not the first person to do this, but I can’t wait to watch him open it!  I put the game in a box of granola bars (I really dislike these bars so they are now just sitting in the cabinet waiting for Kevin to eat them)…

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That went into a box of cereal…

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Then a big box of Costco green beans…

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And lastly a shipping box from Amazon:

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Robby!  Uncle Kevin got you something for Christmas!

Have you wrapped anything like this before?  Has anyone given you a box of boxes?

Good luck with your last minute shopping and gift wrapping.  Have a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas!

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Juggling Christmas

22 Dec

Warning…lots of reading and not a lot of pictures ahead…

When my brother and I were young we always had the traditional Christmas morning: get up way to early, check out what Santa left under the tree, and joyously open our gifts with our parents. When we were teenagers, my family began opening gifts on Christmas Eve, possibly going to midnight mass, and then sleeping in on Christmas morning. Our little family has always celebrated Christmas Eve at my parents.

Fast forward many years, a couple weddings, and a few babies.

Here is Christmas Eve 2010:

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As our family grows, it is hard to continue with the same Christmas Traditions we had many years ago. I love spending time with my parents, brother, and his family on Christmas Eve…as does Kevin! Kevin’s brother and sister-in-law have Christmas Eve every year, and Kevin does his best to attend every year also.

So what do you do…one night and two parties to go to?

Kevin and I are lucky that all of our immediate family are within about 30-40 miles of our house, but it is really hard to juggle schedules without hurting feelings or missing the holiday fun. What makes things even more difficult is Kevin may have to work on any given holiday. This year he is scheduled to work on Christmas =(

Our solution for this holiday season was to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner at my brother’s house, Christmas Eve at his brother’s house (but unfortunately Kevin’s mother works so they won’t get to see each other for Christmas), and I will head to my parents alone on Christmas day. This will be the first year my mom doesn’t cook a yummy dinner on Christmas Eve, but thankfully I can still see everyone on Christmas day. I am glad we were able to figure it out without too many issues (I think). Next year may be a different story…

Does anyone else out there have trouble juggling holiday parties? I can’t imagine how difficult this will be when we actually have kids! I am sure there are some of you out there with more than 2 parties to go to. How do you do it without upsetting any family members?

New Traditions and Ugly Sweaters

18 Dec

This is the final week of the Dare to DIY party at Newly Woodwards, and the last topic is Holiday Traditions.

Kevin and I met in 2008, married in 1010, and moved into our home here at Corner of Main in 2011.  We are starting to make a lot of our own traditions for our new family and our new home.

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I hope we can keep this up every year and make it a new tradition!  I would even like to try to plant some trees in our backyard so that we can go cut one of our own down…in…oh…2020 maybe.

  • Each year we have exchanged ornaments.  Kevin seems to have a theme going on the ones he has given me (no complaints here, who doesn’t love Swarvoski Crystal?)

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The photos don’t do these sparkly lovelies justice!

  • Another new tradition we are starting is an annual Christmas party in our home.  We hosted our first Ugly Christmas Sweater party this past weekend actually!  Our friends and family had a great time finding something ugly to wear….

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(Do you see the gray paint?  L. O. V. E. it)

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Those hats actually moved and played music!

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Kevin’s sister was the winner (below in the red with the runners up)…

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She made her sweater quite ugly with a stocking on the front and a wreath on the back!  Here was her prize (along with a Starbucks gift card):

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It’s the (very) rare (I only made 2, one for the winner and one for us)…

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2011 Corner of Main Ugly Sweater Ornament!  I am not sure if I can top this next year!

Do you have any Holiday Traditions?  Check out more at Newly Woodwards!

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Timber!

16 Dec

It seems like everyone is talking trees lately, so I should probably join in on the fun.  Earlier this week Kevin and I went to a tree farm and cut down our own tree.  I vaguely remember doing this many years ago with my parents, but Kevin had never done this before.  Hopefully this is going to be a new Christmas tradition for us!  Where do you get your tree?  Do most people get them at random lots on the side of the road or maybe even Home Depot?  That’s where we usually go, and I think most people in Chicago do the same.   Or do you brave the elements and cut one down at a farm?

The farm we went to was about 45 minutes from our house, and there were quite a few trees to choose from…

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We walked around a good portion of the lot in search of our first tree for the corner of Main.  We weren’t exactly sure how big was too big.  I figured as long as it wasn’t much taller than me with my arms up we would be good to go….

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I know, very precise measuring here.  (Please ignore the fact that it looks like my clothes don’t fit, I don’t usually walk around like this).

Once we found the perfect tree, Kevin got to work with the saw.

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Then we Kevin had to carry it to where the tractor could pick it up:

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Then came Santa…

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Who picked  up our tree, and met us at the check out!

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Thanks Santa!

After it was wrapped and tied, we were headed home in no time.

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After a few lights and some pretty ornaments here she is:

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Ha!  I guess my measuring technique wasn’t the most accurate.  We didn’t exactly account for the height of the star.

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It needs a little work, but we are feeling a bit lazy right now.  Maybe the this tree will get a little trim tomorrow!

Now, our other tree is good to go….

Kevin’s mom gave us this one at our wedding shower in 2010, and this is the first year we are taking it out.

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We don’t exactly have any type of “theme” on either of the trees.  I may visit some stores the day after Christmas to pick up some discounted items for next year.  I love the look of our personal hodge podge of ornaments, but I also love color coordinated trees.  What do you prefer?  Mix and match or one uniform color?  What about real or artificial?

What do you have planned for the weekend?  Kevin and I are hosting a Christmas party for a few friends on Saturday.  Hopefully we take some good pics to share next week!

Golden Girl

11 Dec

I am a covered in gold glitter, hence the title.  This reminded of the other day when the cashier at Hobby Lobby told me it’s not the holidays unless he goes home covered in glitter!  Lol, I love it.  Mission accomplished!

I have been playing with my glue gun and my glittery gold snowflakes (again).  This week’s creation is a wreath for our mantel.  I love how it turned out:

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It’s pretty self explanatory, but here’s the details….

  • Gather your supplies:

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  • Wrap ribbon around the wreath (hot gluing the ends to the back of the wreath):

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  • Glue on snowflakes.  I found some old silver snowflakes with our Christmas ornaments and alternated them with the  gold ones to mix it up a bit:

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  • After I applied all the snowflakes, I added a glittery “Merry Christmas Ornament”  (first I cut off the ring above the “r”):

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  • Next I covered a wreath holder with gold ribbon and hung on our mantel mirror.  Merry Christmas!

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I love how the wreath adds some sparkle to our mantel.  You can also see Kevin’s Department 56 Collection.   These little buildings are so cute.  We have a fire station (because Kevin is a fireman),

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a New Orleans Café (because Kevin loves NOLA),

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a Tiffany Lamp shop (because Kevin loves stained glass lamps),

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an Ice Skating Rink (complete with moving ice skaters…I think this one was just cute, we are not big ice skaters!),

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The Art Institute of Chicago  (we love Chicago),

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and a Church (this reminds me of Holy Name in Chicago)…

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And of course, a real mantel would not be complete without stockings.  Can you guess who’s is who’s?

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No we don’t have any children….Stewie (our Jack Russell terrier mix) and Mr. Crackers (our peach faced love bird) need stockings too!  Anyone else out there have stockings for your pet?  I am sure there are a lot of dog owners who do so, but is there anything more exotic than a love bird getting gifts from Santa?

Have a great week!

Linking up with:

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A Week Late and a Candle Short

2 Dec

Holy Cow!  It’s December.  Where is the time going?  I didn’t even realize that Advent began last Sunday….oops.  Kevin has asked me to make an Advent wreath a few weeks ago, but I got side tracked by hanging snowflakes from the chandelier and having a pretend dinner party (Crazy? Yes, but you can read about that here).  Both Kevin and myself are Catholic, but I had never had an Advent wreath in our house growing up.  I searched for some images of Advent wreaths to get an idea of what I needed to do.  While they are very meaningful and special, none of them were as “pretty” as I would like…

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The prefect place for the wreath is on the dining room table, so I took down the snowflakes (sniffle, sniffle) because I didn’t want to catch them on fire.  Here is another look at our dining room table last week:

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And our new Advent wreath as a centerpiece:

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Please ignore the half painted walls and the green painters tape (we are slowly but surely coming along with the dining room redo).

I love my new “prettier” version of the Advent wreath, and it was super simple to make.  I started with this”:

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  • 5 Brass candle holders from a thrift store ($1.29 – $1.99 each)
  • 1 Faux evergreen wreath
  • 3 Purple candles, 1 rose candle, and 1 white candle
  • Ribbon
  • 5 Gold branches (I really only needed 3)
  • Wire & Scissors

First I added the branches to the center of the wreath…

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After I added branches all the way around, I put the candle holders thru the bottom of the wreath (between the 2 wires the wreath was made of):

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When flipped around I had this:

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As well as a ton of glitter EVERYWHERE…

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Next came the final holder with a bow and all the candles….

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What do you think?  Does anyone else use an Advent wreath?  I know calendars are very popular, and I read something about an Advent clock…anyone use those?  I like my little wreath, and I think the meaning behind it is probably better than glittery snowflakes.  I am looking forward to lighting two of the candles this weekend.

On that note, have a lovely weekend!

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