Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Good wife, bad wife.

Haha, if this was a game of  "Deal or no deal" I'd be betting all my money on good wife. Joel on the other hand, may be leaning toward bad wife. ;)  Since we've been married Joel has always wanted one of those larger than life Fathead's of his favorite sports player, and ever since he has expressed that desire, I have responded with somewhat of an "over my dead body" attitude (although if he had some sort of man cave, I'd be perfectly fine with it). Well it happened. He found one really cheap-like $8-on ebay, and although I still said no, he got one anyways. Sigh...
I like to think that marriage is all about compromise, so my good wife moment is allowing this monstrosity to  reside in my house. ;) My bad wife moment is that he is forced to hang in the pantry...actually though, I think Joel agrees with me that this shouldn't be allowed anywhere else, although he probably won't admit it.

Bahaha, and I decided if Mr. Anthony was going to take up space, he was going to be useful and hold my aprons for me.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Traditions.

First of all, Merry Christmas!! I hope you have a wonderful day spent with your families. :) Christmas Eve is always a super busy day for me, because I try to get everything done so that on Christmas itself I just have to pop stuff in the oven and enjoy the day. My parents did a really wonderful job making Christmas magical when I was little, and I hope that Joel and I do the same for our kids. It has been fun figuring out what our own little traditions will be over the years. Christmas Eve we have a giant finger food /junk food party (chips & dip, shrimp cocktail-that kind of stuff), read the Christmas story, and the kids open stockings (Joel's family always opened presents Christmas Eve so this was our compromise since I was set on  doing presents Chrismas morning), and the kids get new pj's to wear that night. The next morning we have fruit salad and monkey bread and pretty much play with toys the rest of the day until turkey time. :)
One of my favorite things we do is each year we buy a special ornament that represents something special that happened that year. We only have eight right now, but I love to think of all the memories that will be represented 30 years from now.

Here's what we have so far:


1. 2004-(couple) the year Joel and I got married
2. 2005-(Eiffel Tower) our trip to France
3. 2006- (mobile) Sam's first Christmas
4. 2007- (airplane snowflake) Joel joined the Airforce
5. 2008-(house) bought our first house
6. 2009-(not pictured, Precious Moments baby) Annaleigh's 1st Christmas
7. 2010- (not pictured/cap and gown) Joel gets bachelor's degree
9. 2011-(dog) got our new puppy

This last year was the hardest because nothing really big happened, so I was planning on just getting some beachy ornament since we went to Charleston, but then we got Dallas, so that ended up being this year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

a glimpse into my future


This is insane...but this is what car rides are going to look like in a few short months. Three across in my tiny little Hyundai Elantra...I thought it couldn't be done, but apparently it can.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Book page wreath

I thought I'd share a little something I've been really busy with the past two weeks! I was planning on making two of these as gifts for Christmas, but it turned out to be a lot more time consuming than I expected (I figured out too late that I needed to make the roses bigger), so someone's getting a late present this year. :( Hubby told me it looked like a beehive which wasn't what I was going for, but I'm hoping my sis still likes it. Believe it or not, this wreath used an entire book!


Suprise?

Not too much new on the homefront! Sam had his Christmas program at school yesterday which was cute (except that parents were talking so loud you couldn't hear parts of it-so rude!).
These past few weeks have felt crazy, what with getting ready for Christmas and the new puppy. (haha, what were we thinking!?) We officially named the puppy Dallas and at first he had to go out 2-4 times a night. Exhausting! He's down to once a night, and thankfully Joel has pretty much taken over puppy duty.
I'm trying hard to cut back my schedule, but it is really hard! I never thought I was one of those people who have trouble saying "no" but I am. :P I guess now is as good as any time to learn.
In exactly one week we find out if we're having a little girl or boy!! SO exciting!!! I know Joel is hoping for a girl, but we're both guessing boy. How obnoxious is this: my husband wants to find out the gender and not tell anybody...I think it's because some girl he doesn't like too much keeps talking about how excited she is to find out, but I'm not positive on that one. I've been trying for months to get him to change his mind, but so far all I've gotten is the "right" to tell family. I'm trying hard though to see his side of things and not just mine! The funny part is I actually wouldn't mind too much not telling people, expect I thought of a really cute way to announce it. I need a better reason than that to convince him though!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Crafts

 I've become a little addicted to pinterest.com (you can see my page here: http://pinterest.com/brinderknecht/) and I decided that this week I actually had to do something about it to justify all my time spent there.Actually, I've already done a few projects like these two:

Sidewalk chalk paint:  1 cup water, 1 cup cornstarch, food coloring

Melted crayon art for the playroom: crayons hot-glued to canvas, then melted with hair dryer


Anyways, this week, I accomplished several crafts and four different recipes. Here's my little review of the craft projects I did, and later on will come the recipes (two of which are definite keepers!).

These hand and footprint reindeer, and handprint trees (the trees I plan to do next year on a canvas with each family member's hand as a row and puppy's print as the star) were really cute. The footprints were a little messy, but nothing too bad!



I also made some salt ornaments: * 1 cup salt 2 cups flour 3/4-1 cup lukewarm water -air dry or oven at 200*
I have slightly mixed feelings on these. The cons: You can see they ended up a little cracked, and they took a really long time  to dry. I first put them in the oven for an hour, and they were still nowhere near being dry, so then they spent two days on the counter drying. Also, I wanted to do a puppy paw print, but the dough was too stiff. My fault or the recipes? I'm not sure, but I will try again because they are really cheap to make, a lot cheaper than the 50 cent ceramic ornaments I've bought the kids at hobby lobby, and at my kids ages, they definitely perfer quantity over quality! Also, I think they'll still be pretty cute once painted by them.



Finally, here are two things on pinterest that I really loved:

This peppermint ball (which I may actually try to make)


I wanted to do a wreath like the second, but for some reason, I couldn't find the small peppermints anywhere at Walmart, so I compromised. This was probably around a $5 project (depending on how much you spend on the bow, I got mine last year for 90% off) and comes together fairly quick. I also decided to just do peppermints on the front (and not the sides/inside) because it was already pretty heavy.

What are your favorite Christmas crafts?



 
 
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