Our Christmas Spider

A friend recently tagged me on facebook asking if I’d ever heard of the Christmas Spider. The short version of the story is about a spider that came down after the Christmas housecleaning was done, and made an elaborate web all over the tree, Father Christmas took pity on both the spider and the housewife, … More Our Christmas Spider

Lego Winter Village in action & transformation

The beautiful (and often infuriating) thing about our Winter Village is that it is not a static display, it is regularly taken down and played with. It also grows and changes daily with new additions from the Lego Advent Calendar. The boys enjoy playing with it, and on occasion, the Advent Gnomes get ambitious and … More Lego Winter Village in action & transformation

the Pineapple Express & Peanut Butter Play dough

A weather system nicknamed the Pineapple Express hit the west coast Wednesday night. School was canceled Thursday, and my cell phone pinged about a dozen times with flash flood, high wind, and pouring rain warnings. Sometime Wednesday night the power went out and stayed out for about 10 hours (?) possibly longer, coming back around … More the Pineapple Express & Peanut Butter Play dough

The Advent Gnomes

The boys have two advent calendars this year, one from Lego, and one from the local fabric/craft store (on sale, plus a coupon) with pockets that can be filled. The Lego one, without fail, has so far something exciting each and every morning, the one that needs to be filled has had the occasional let-down. … More The Advent Gnomes

our Lego Winter Village – Mall Santa & Renaissance Carousel

No Christmas Village would be complete with out Santa, as we didn’t have an “official” Santa, I put one together, I’ve nicknamed him “Mall Santa.” Mall Santa wears a pirate hat, a wizard beard, a costume borrowed from knights, and white “gloves” from a waiter. Mall Santa needs elves, so I found some mid-90s forest … More our Lego Winter Village – Mall Santa & Renaissance Carousel