Wednesday, December 28, 2011

5 Minute Christmas Crafts

Also, I realize the title is related to "Christmas" which has now passed, sorry.

I had a revelation the other day. I am averse to crafts which take more than 5 minutes to make. Five minutes may be a little bit of an under exaggeration, but not by much. To give you an idea, I thought I'd highlight my latest craft projects for you.

Stocking Ornament
tutorial from Bundles of Love
Embarrassing confession, this was supposed to be a baby bootie, but clearly that wouldn't work. And it took me like 45 minutes, because I had to rip out a bunch of it half way through. Good thing I didn't have to make a second one because that would have way surpassed my time limit.

Inspiration from this Pinterest picture (note that I just didn't even bother spray painting it)
My grandma gave me the wreath, I bought the K at Michael's for $2.99, and proceeded to hot glue the eucalyptus, berries and letter on. That fiasco took several tries. Then I tied on the bow. DONE. Total time: probably 13 minutes

Button Wreath Ornament
tutorial from Martha.
This is actually pretty special because I made one for my mom, my sister and I from the buttons my grandma had. (Surprise, Trish!) This one took about half an hour, but I was watching 30 Rock and the button sorting took the longest. And when I dropped all the buttons of the wire...


This Christmas was pretty low key. Unfortunately with my work schedule I couldn't get enough time off to go home this year (seriously, can't the sick people get their own meds? just kidding...) so we hung out here in Lubbock. We spent Christmas Eve with the grandparents and watched The Muppet's Christmas Carol (it's tradition).

This is what our Christmas breakfast looked like:
(homemade egg nog, fruit soup - not as good as mom's, bacon, and kuchen - not as good as dad's)

Outside Christmas morning looked like this:
(I haven't had a white Christmas since I was 11, so that was a fun treat)

And we looked like this:

We also went to Church, skyped my parents to open presents, had lunch with some friends, danced to Michael Jackson on the Wii, watched the Holiday, and had virtual play time with my nephew in Australia! and bonus, I was cancelled at work. All in all it was a great day. Now we're looking forward to Christmas in Montana 2012

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

San Antonio

Here are some more pictures of our trip to San Antonio

On the Riverwalk

Out to Mexican food with the fam

One of the highlights of the trip:
a 3 lb cinnamon roll from Lulu's Bakery
definitely worth the $8.49

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Career as a Sports Photographer

I spent this past weekend in San Antonio with my in-laws gallavanting about town and watching my brother-in-law swim. It was a meet his school, University of the Incarnate Word, sponsored. I figure I need practice for when our future kids are in swimming, so I volunteered to take some pictures. Needless to say I think these pictures also win me "creepiest sister-in-law of the year" award.

I've got lots more to share including some recipes, crafts and more pictures of our trips....I just have to get through the next few days of work...

Monday, December 5, 2011

what the?

What I woke up to...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

7 Reasons I know I'm cool

You decide which are sarcastic.

1) I dreamt I went back to the future with Marty McFly in the DeLorean from Seth's grandparents' farm in Texas, but they hadn't figured out the flux capacator fully yet, so it was short lived.
2) I spent my Friday night grocery shopping and baking
3) All of the Christmas presents I've bought so far are wrapped and under the tree
4) I made stew last night involving a whole bottle of wine. Recipe here. You're welcome
5) It is impossible for me to get a bundt cake out of the pan without half of the crust breaking off
6) I've watched this video several times now. To save you clicking on the link I'll just tell you, it's a baby that is only soothed by a Notorious B.I.G. song
7) I've got dough in the works for making breakfast pizza today!