happy festivus for the rest of us! | Teaching in the Tongass

Thursday, December 5, 2013

happy festivus for the rest of us!

 If you're a Seinfeld fan, you got that. Otherwise...Merry {whathaveyou}! This post is not teaching related. At. All. But, I'm a little exhausted at the moment, so forgive me?

1.  I love getting ready for Christmas. We put the playlist on our Christmas mix (which is all current artists---country, rock and pop---and I LOVE IT!) and just get to making the house look merry and bright.  I am seriously loving Cheeks' age right now. He is so funny and loving. He's learning to say a few words, and we are just getting a kick out of his personality. We decorated the tree and he was extremely helpful. I was so worried he would be taking off ornaments, but, apparently I don't have to worry because he understands their purpose I guess? Or maybe I'm speaking too soon?

Last year, I bought these little advent calendar bags from this adorable little Etsy shop. Cheeks has really been loving little toy cars lately, so we decided to put some of those in the bags. And to spice things up a bit, we bought a handful of little plastic animals too :)  Gotta keep this boy on his feet!

The Etsy shop was so sweet that they sent this adorable plush star ornament for Cheeks with the package last year. LOVE!  That right there, is holiday spirit.
2.  We also visited Santa! My mom is in a philanthropic sorority group (Epsilon Sigma Alpha) that raises money for all sorts of local and national (St.Judes is a big one) charities. They take the family Santa portraits at the mall, which means Cheeks gets to be the model for their Facebook page. Maybe next year they'll pay him in candy canes...
3. "Snowglobes ruined my life." And now, a Christmas story. A few years ago (maybe 10 now?), my mom opened up the Christmas tote to discover that a SNOWGLOBE had broken and caused some decorations to get all moldy. The stockings she sewed (those felt applique kind) for me and my little brother were all moldy and stinky, so she threw them in the wash.  They came out unraveled and RUINED. I cried. My brother cried when no one was looking was also upset. She asked me what I wanted for Christmas that year and all I could ever answer was for her to somehow fix my stocking. Now, keep in mind, I had this stocking for all of my life. My older brother, myself and my younger brother all have the felt applique style stockings with our names embroidered on top. My mommy made it and I was going to have it until I was an old lady. So, without fail, my mom fixed her up and although the thread doesn't match, their are some missing beads and sequins, and the felt coloring is faded...it's a Christmas MIRACLE!  I may or may not have uttered the words, "Snowglobes ruined my life," when my husband wanted to get a little snowglobe when we first started dating. Dramatic? Nooooo.....
And, as you can see from the above photo, I BEGGED and BEGGED for her to make one for Cheeks (his is the one on the right). In fact, I bought 3 of the kits when I saw them at JoAnns 10 years ago so that she could make them for my own children. Crazy or no?

This is MY ornament. I remember making this sled ornament in school and have always wanted to make them with my own class...maybe this year.  Do you have your own ornament that goes on the tree?
4.  It's been pretty cold out lately, so we've been just sitting inside and playing. We did get Cheeks all bundled up in his ridiculous snowsuit (he looks like Thomas from Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch) a few days ago, but we'll wait until it warms up a bit before we do that again! Here are my 2 sweeties that can't be separated at home (Buggaboo is the yorkie with the ears...on the left).
5.  And in case you were wondering (yeah, right)...I switched out the Thanksgiving centerpiece and fall table runner for a pinecone runner and woodsy scented candles.  I think this wooden box and I are going to get along just fine...



  1. I love the picture of your little boy and puppy looking out the window. Such a cute pic. That snow looks awsome. I live in Louisiana, so we rarely see snow down here, although it is pretty cold here now {or least to us it feels cold}!!! Thanks for sharing.


  2. My grandma made us those same stockings! I think your stance on snow globes is completely reasonable! Have a fabulous weekend!

    Lucky to Be in First

  3. I loved the wooden box when I saw it in November. That's the kind of thing you find you like and it can easily change seasons.

  4. I LOVE Seinfeld- and I LOVE your stocking story. <3 So sweet. Always love seeing Cheeks! :)
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together


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