Treasure Hunt

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Audrey and I made the drive to Milwaukee last weekend for a mini Christmas celebration with some of my family. The day after we got there 8″ of snow fell leaving us with a little extra time to spend indoors at my mom’s. THAT meant hunting through the basement to see what goodies were still stored away there from my childhood. I was able to come away with a few goodies: a Battleship game (before they made it with noises and lights), a couple of puzzles (not pictured is my coveted Duran Duran puzzle), some Snoopy comic books, my Spirograph drawing kit and my still-unsolved Rubiks cube (also not pictured)! Thanks for saving all my crap, Mom!

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‘Tis the Season

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In the past, to count down the days until Christmas I had a small wall hanging that looked like Santa with a long beard. It had a little wooden star that moved from pocket to pocket. Cute, but boring. This year, thanks to Pinterest, I made an advent calendar with small bags that held a little goody or activity card inside for each day. I found a free printable for the number stickers on Pinterest and the little bags were made with a Stampin’ Up trick I learned from my sister more than 15 years ago when she was a demonstrator. Why buy small paper bags when you can make them from envelopes you already have? Here’s what I came up with:

Envelopes in the red & green bushel basket that once held pine cones from Milwaukee with love.

Small paper bags in the red & green bushel basket that once held pine cones from Milwaukee…with love.

The 1st bag contained a card that said “Hug Mom and Dad.” Audrey was good and did what the card said and then exclaimed that it was the “worse card ever!” I think I would have to disagree with her!

From Audrey to Zoey

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The Iowa Hawkeyes had their first home football game yesterday which meant Audrey’s job of letting our friend’s dog, Zoey, out in the afternoon started back up again – although I don’t know for how much longer she’ll be employed since they’re due to have their first baby in 2 weeks! Audrey loves dogs and babies so I’m not sure which she’s more excited about: seeing Zoey on Saturdays or going to visit the new baby!

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Orange You A Little Sad?

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orangeWhen I was little and took “cold lunch” to school, I remember my mom packing a peeled orange in it for me. Sometimes the outside would be a little dry from the exposure to ai,r but it was still okay. Last week I asked Audrey if she wanted me to peel a clementine for her to take in her lunch. She said, “No thanks. You know it’s hard for me to chew the white stuff on the outside.” I tried to explain to her that the “white stuff” on a clementine isn’t as tough as on an orange and how my mom used to always pack me peeled oranges in my lunch. She still refused. I have to admit it made me a little sad.

Car Seat Makeover

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Audrey’s been on a baby doll kick for a while. Probably since July but it seems much longer than that. All she wants for Christmas is this realistic baby doll and all kinds of baby stuff. Real-sized baby stuff: a Pack ‘n Play, a stroller, a play gym, diapers, bottles, pacifiers, clothes, you name it. If they make it for a human baby, she wants it for this baby doll she thinks Santa is getting her. During a complaint about all of this to my hair dresser (Brooke) just over a week ago she offered up a car seat to me…for free! It was a hand-me-down to her and she offered to hand it down to me! I was going to give it to Audrey for Christmas but Mike said I couldn’t give her a hand-me-down as a present. So I just told her about it, which I immediately regretted since I didn’t know how long it would be until Brooke would be able to dig it out of her basement and give it a quick clean-up.

Well, ladies & gentlemen, yesterday was the big day. Audrey was super excited about it but about 3 minutes after we picked it up asked if we could get a new cover for it. We went to Jo-Ann’s to see if a pattern to make it was available (and on sale). We found a pattern but it was NOT on sale. I then turned to Pinterest where I found a custom made one available for $98. No thank you. However, I also found a blog that had instructions on how to tackle this project. Her’s was much more elaborate than mine but hey…this is for a doll for crying out loud. So after a trip to the quilt shoppe for some fabric and about 10 hours of ripping out seams, cutting fabric & sewing pieces back together, Audrey now has a cute car seat anxiously awaiting her new baby doll. And I still have more Christmas cookies to bake.

Before: blue & green plaid. Okay, but not cute.

Before: blue & green plaid car seat. Okay, but not cute.

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After: cute little bunnies and stars!