Remember back when I was sick of this shoe in the back entry problem?
...Christmas card was actually a test to see if I could transform a typical Wal-Mart photo card into something more personal, couture.
It also had to combine a birth announcement with a holiday greeting, without seeming either too baby-ish or too holiday-ish.
And, it had to show a little of what we're all about (hence the sewing-on of the words).
And, finally, lest I need remind you, it had to fit within a student family's budget (I think I did just that: entire cost of project, including envelopes, but excluding postage: $15)
So, here it is:
These were the pictures that didn't make the cut for the 2008 Christmas card (although that one in the middle with Lucy singing her heart out is pretty captivating, don't you think?)
Okay: back on track. Lucy got some water and some beans and rice while sitting on her mama’s lap.
So, I know I just had a baby two months ago, and yes, there’s a lot going on around here. But that’s just what I want to know: how much “me” time is acceptable? How much do I give to others before I go under trying to save someone else? I know man cannot live on bread alone and I’m trying to fuel my spiritual tank. I just feel like sometimes it’s never enough. I feel like no matter how hard I try, I will never be on top of anything because there is so much I’m trying to juggle. I also sometimes feel like no matter how good of a parent I try to be, it won’t matter in the long run because my kids are going to make choices that will hurt me.
Frankly, I’m exhausted. These night feedings are catching up to me, as is all of this holiday rush and the preparations to make this a “memorable Christmas” for my family and others.
I know every mother of toddlers deals with these things, but can I just say that if I have to get Lucy off the counter one more time, or pull a pair of scissors away from Finn (who has just cut up my To-Do list…..wait, was that a sign that I need to just throw the list away and quit trying to get “it all” done?), then I will probably have to check myself in. And, why are there all kinds of paraphernalia strewn around my house, from the kitchen into the living room? I didn’t put these things there, so why should I have to clean them up?
See, there. Now that I got it out, I feel better. It’s the enchanting time when the kids are in bed, so I better take advantage of this time to myself. I’m off. And, Mom, when I learn when all of this pays off, I’ll let you know. For now, I’m still waiting to find out.
...and one of these...
They are all made by the talented folks at Sycamore Street Press. They were the reason I went to this bazaar. It was neat to meet the artisans who produce such fine work. I like the classic, modern, clean, yet playful feel of their work. I also love letterpress. (Our wedding announcements were done on letterpress). The ink saturation varies slightly over each piece, making each piece one-of-a-kind. Plus, it gives a tone-on-tone depth that I love.
Go here to see more of their great stuff.
We've got two Grandma's here and Finn and Lucy and Miles are eating it up! (So am I!)
This was this morning's game of Candy Land. (Gotta love the Thomas underwear sported by Mr. Finn-Bob himself).
Lucy liked getting warm around the "mensfolk's fire." (Notice the pop can full of tobacco spit on the old brown chair).
- my early Christmas present (2 more to complete the set)
- look what the mailman brought today!
- hello again, plastic bag garland
- packages outbound
- little pajama-ed elves watching the snow fall...
- ...and fall...
- ...and fall
- Aunt Emily strums us a tune
- hand-dipped chocolates by Emily and Sarah
What are you doing to ring in the month of December?