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Life through my lens

Since we spent all day yesterday hanging out with my family celebrating Christmas, I don’t have a wonderfully practical, helpful, frugal post for you. So instead of nothing, I’ll just share what’s on my camera’s memory card…life as seen through my lens.

The hair that Zoe cut with the buzzer is growing out.

But right now, the growing out is making it more difficult to disguise…the hair has a mind of its own and wants to go straight forward.

I did figure out a good solution yesterday: a tiny braid right to the side of her part. The longer hairs around the shorter hairs almost completely cover them, so I think she’ll be sporting the braid from here on out.

I did a bunch of baking on Saturday. First, some banana chocolate chip muffins to use up some brown bananas (because even though we’re not doing Food Waste Friday this week, I’m still trying to use up my food!).

I also made 3 loaves of whole wheat bread, and two loaves of Oatmeal Cinnamon Bread for gift-giving purposes.

Also, a happy annual event occurred here on Sunday (after dark, which is why this picture is so bad!).

Every year, our local fire department comes through our neighborhood, lights on, and sirens wailing.

At the end of the procession, there’s a trailer holding Santa.

This is thrilling because Santa throw candy canes to the waiting children.

My kids just love this, even though they all know good and well that Santa isn’t real. 😉

Yesterday, we celebrated Christmas with my family, which was fun. I made a triple batch of Honey-Glazed Pan rolls, and only about 8 were leftover (there are 21 of us, with #22 on the way).

I brought over some more of my little girl clothes to give to my sister and my sister-in-law (my sister just had a girl and my sister-in-law is having a girl in the spring). The most notable bag inclusion is the little white dress, which all 3 of my girls have worn, and which Zoe has worn for 5 summers. I love this dress to pieces, and I don’t think I could have given it to anyone but my sister!

While we were at my parents’, I encouraged my sister’s SLR lust by letting her try out my camera. 😉

She did figure out the focusing thing, and she was so pleased with her blurry backgrounds.

And she liked my LightScoop. I think I might have talked my mom into getting one too. 😉 A LightScoop, that, is. She already has an SLR.

My sweet niece Annalise was hardly put down for a moment…all the adults and even most of the children wanted a turn holding her.

She does wake up every now and again, but rarely does she cry. She’s an amazingly easy baby.

We adults ate in the dining room, but there is the classic kids’ table in the kitchen. It’s kind of noisy out there.

After we eat Christmas dinner with my family, we have a tradition of having a little candle-lighting service (though it’s not really that formal!), where we all take turns reading verses about how Jesus is the light of the world and then sing a few Christmas carols. We’re getting to have quite a few readers among the grandchildren now…7 out of the 11 took turns last night.

Lighting the candles is a much-coveted activity for the children.

Oh, I just found a shot of Zoe’s disguising braid. You’d never know there are a zillion short hairs underneath there, would you?

We’re off from school this week (yay!), and I’m off from teaching piano, so we’ve got some lovely unscheduled days this week to fill with Christmas fun.

For today’s Christmas fun project, I think we’ll make, frost, and decorate cut-out sugar cookies. It’s a lot of mess and work, but my kids love, love, love to do this, and that makes me inspired, even when I’m digging green frosting out of the grooves in my wood floor. 😉

I’ve also got a post up on my review blog about…go read it to find out what I like (and don’t like) about the new site design, and to get info about how to enter to win an iPad!

Today’s 365 post: Yep, these are Pfeffernusse

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Wednesday 22nd of December 2010

How do you package your bread to give as gifts?

And how do you store it at home? I put mine in plastic bags, but am looking for a less-plastic-use way to store it.

Thanks! Merry Christmas!


Wednesday 22nd of December 2010

What a beautiful family and wonderful baked goods too!!!


Tuesday 21st of December 2010

Thank you for the baby pictures! My little one has turn 3 months seemingly overnight and it warms my heart to see pictures of any newborns as it reminds me of those first weeks with him. =) Merry Christmas!

RS@The Suburban Minimalist

Tuesday 21st of December 2010

These pictures are so, so lovely. And I just have to say, whoever is behind that bulletin board is an artiste! I love it!


Tuesday 21st of December 2010

Ok.. I'm not a member of the family and it pulled at my heart strings a little bit to see the white dress in the bag! Oh! Hope that little girl loves it as much as yours did! :)


Tuesday 21st of December 2010

Reese, I'm with you. I'm also a stranger, feeling a pang of sentimentality over the dress. I immediately thought .... hey, be sure to take photos of the niece in the dress, and then once she is finished with it, perhaps the dress can be returned to Kristin, have the dress mounted in a frame (black frame), and placed around the dress, within the frame as well, can be photos of all the girls wearing the dress.

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