Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Season for Thanks

(yes, I know...I'm late on this Holiday too.)

We had a lovely Thanksgiving. We spent it with my family, at my Grandparents house in St. Michaels, Maryland. I am so very thankful that my children have been able to have a close relationship with my grandparents. They helped raise me until I was in sixth grade and have continued to be a HUGE part of my life. I honestly do not know what I am going to do when they are no longer here. They have been such a blessing in my life. They are a wonderful example of true love and it has been an honor to watch them together over the years. I only hope that my children are able to see what I see in them, and will remember what they see. 

Yes....so very THANKFUL.

Ok, now enough of the sappy stuff. I wanted to share some of the crafty goodness we had going on over here for the Thanksgiving season. First up is my Thankful Tree. I must say, I kinda love it. I started this tradition last year, and I am so very glad that I did. I enjoy taking a moment to stop and think about all the good in my life. Even Austin enjoyed it this year. He was thankful for his doggie, water (I was pretty impressed with this one!), rainbows, and his best friend Ashlyn (I know, right!!! I love him.) I had made all the cards ahead of time. They are just white card stock cut to 3x4, hole punched, and stamped with a variety of alphabet stamps. I made 22, one for each day of November until Thanksgiving. Austin and I went out on a stick hunt the day...he was really good at this part. Then I stuck them in a vase filled with sand. Super simple. No skill needed :) We really enjoyed reading them all on Thanksgiving. What a wonderful way to start the day.


Austin and I have been talking about tee pees and I thought it would be fun to make one. I saw this idea on Pinterest and I just had to do it. Austin and I went on a walk and gathered three sticks (good lesson on equal) that were all the same size. I then arranged the sticks in a triangle shape and wrapped red embroidery thread around the top, weaving it in between and around all the sticks until they were strong and sturdy. Next, I wrapped some white felt around the sticks and pinned it on the side to keep shape. I then trimmed the extra felt off the bottom and side. I hand stitched the felt along the seam. I also stitched a decorative seam on the opposite side of the door, behind the open flap. To make the flap I just cut up ONE side to make a triangle shape door. I really like how it turned out. It took me about 30 minutes total. Good project.

And you can't have a tee pee with some little people to live inside. I bought plain, unfinished wooden figurines at JoAnn Fabrics. They came in a pack of two for $1.99, if I remember correctly. I used cheap acrylic paint to adorn them. I planned to spray them with a clear coat of shellac for protection against water, drool, and general disasters that happen around here, but time got away from me. But you will need to do this if your little ones handle them because the paint can wash/rub off. Paige LOVED these two little girls. She would point to them and gibber a little and then point, screech in excitement, and laugh. It was quite precious and totally worth me yelling at Austin to "LEAVE MOMMY'S PAINT ALONE!!!" the whole 30 or so minutes it took me to paint these cute persons. Haha! Yup, I yelled. I was mean...total bad mommy moment.


We had a Thanksgiving play date here with some friends. Austin made this felt turkey. After he dried we attached a popsicle stick and made him a puppet. He went "gobble, gobble, gobble" around the house for a bit. That was fun and interesting for almost 15 minutes. Good fun.

 I ambitiously decided to try to make the kids matching head dresses, thinking it would be totally worth the time and effort because they would both wear them for our Thanksgiving play date and on Thanksgiving. Now insert a big dose of reality....BIG FAT FAIL!!! Austin wore his for 3 minutes TOTAL and Paige wore hers for about 8 minutes, just enough time for mommy to snap a silly picture in which she said, "CHEESE!!!", slapped me a high five, and then handed me the "hat". Yup, that little stinker. Oh well. You all know the most important part of this whole fiasco was to get the awesome picture, right? Well I got one, so I'm fine. I put them in the box for next year. Maybe we will make it 15 whole minutes next Thanksgiving.

And to wrap up the season when the Pilgrims and Native Americans became friends, I'm sharing this snapshot of Austin and his best friend Ashlyn at their preschool Thanksgiving Chapel. They sang a song (although Austin didn't sing one word) and at the end when everyone clapped, they both slapped their hands over their ears and Austin yelled, "It's too loud!" It was pretty funny.


Best Friends...there may be just a tad more love on Austin's part.
I hope you all had a memorable Thanksgiving spent with family and friends that you love and cherish!
                                                                         - Awbree

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