Post-Holiday Check In

Posted by mrssmythe on December 30, 2018 in Baking, Celebrations, Chickens, Critters, Museums, Shopping, Week in Review |

I had meant to post something earlier, but didn’t manage it. As a result, you’re going to get a hodge-podge of images from the previous few weeks to give you a fair idea of our holiday season. If it all seems a bit wacky and disjointed, well… that’s a bit how the month has felt. But never mind. On with the post!

Since I last wrote, I added seasonal decorations to our window boxes – bits of pine, holly, and some sprigs of a red berry that grows in profusion along the side of the house. Twinkle lights added just the right touch, and, as you can see, we have candles in the windows this year as well!

This is the coziest the our little “cottage” has ever looked, and I have our dear neighbor to the North to thank for it. She’s the one who passed the candles on to us and who also donated the sprigs of holly. (If you’re reading this, Janey, thank you!)

The middle of the month was taken up with The Nutcracker – both rehearsals and performances. Here I am with Ginger, getting ready to head out the door on the first night.

Everyone in the family contributed in some way. CPT A took photos for the studio, Pepper helped backstage and sold Nutcrackers at the souvenir table (she was surprisingly good at that), and I watched some of the younger kids between shows. It made for a very fully weekend.

Ginger would come home, take out her hair (which we’d hair-glued into a bun) and look like this:

Then, she’d have to wash her hair the next morning and start over. She was so glad to cut her hair after the performances were done. First thing after Christmas, we headed to the salon. Now, she’s sporting a very chic pixie cut.

On the Christmas front, we made our shopping deadlines with some strategic planning – hitting stores in between lessons and such. Here, you see Ginger at JoAnns…yes, that really is Ginger. She’d found a mannequin head in one of the aisles and decided to get creative with it. Pepper is in one of the aisles, doubled over with laughter.

One of my favorite places to shop for presents is the gift shop at the Springfield Museums. Pepper and I ducked in one morning and found several nice things. I also enjoyed seeing the Christmas decorations they had up. This planter was especially pretty.

I love the birds and the sparkly deer!

We had more sparkle on Christmas Eve, when the most perfect snowflakes I’ve ever seen fell while we were out dropping off gifts.

Aren’t they something?

And, that evening, our church sparkled as well. Here, you see the midnight candlelight service in progress. (CPT A was in the choir loft when he took this).

We had a very nice Christmas Day, with dinner at a dear friend’s house. Then, the following morning, since we hadn’t done much holiday baking, we made popcorn balls – Ginger’s favorite Christmas treat.

These are so simple to make, and so good, I could sit down and eat every single one. If you’re interested in the recipe, you can find it HERE.

I also tried to get control of the house/laundry/grocery shopping again once the holiday passed. It’s amazing how everything gets away from you when you aren’t paying attention. Mr. Wa never has that problem, though. Here he is without a care in the world, stealing time on one of my favorite Christmas presents – a wool blanket from CPT A .

I think the blanket had been unwrapped for all of two hours before Mr. Wa found it.

The girls still have some time on break, though their activities start up again this coming week. For now, Ginger is spending her free time learning how to tie knots.

She saw CPT A reviewing some of the knots he knows and thought she’d give it a try too.

Meanwhile, I’m busy ironing costumes for a medieval play we’re involved in. Pressing an executioner’s mask was by far the strangest thing I did today.

From the dining room table, thinking I’ll need to start un-deocrating the Christmas tree soon…it’s dry as a bone and shedding something fierce,

Mrs. Smythe

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