Here Kitty, Kitty

Just finished one of Eva's birthday presents- this sock kitty. She's made out of a pair of argyle socks that had just been sitting in my dresser with the tags still attached to them! I think this is a much better use of these cashmere blend socks (got them when living in Cincinnati-- brrrr, cold winters). This is my first sock stuffed animal, hopefully just the beginning of more to come!

Oooey- gooey fun!

We finally put our gingerbread house together last night. Andrew asked if it was a big one like last year, but when I showed him the kit, he said, "no, that one's small." (psst-- it's the same kind as last year). Oh well, small it is, but it still took us an hour to decorate. This is mostly because at least half of the candy ended up in Andrew's and Eva's mouths...I think they ate more candy last night than they did on Halloween night.

In one photo, you can see Eva holding the frosting bag with one hand and a knife (child's knife-- not sharp) in her mouth. Yes, she was scraping the frosting out of the bag with her knife and then having a frosting feast.

Somehow the gingerbread house got finished and now I'm trying to keep it intact until Christmas. Although, for some reason some of the candy around the edges seems to be disappearing....

Why We're Willing to Endure the Arizona Summers

It's because the Arizona winters are just so lovely. The kids and I enjoyed our lunch in the backyard today under a warm sun and cool breeze, such a wonderful combination. Isn't lunch more enjoyable on the grass? Praise God for such a beautiful day!

Christmas Card Photo Shoot

I got the kids up this morning and dressed them. It was Christmas photo time and we had to get on the ball. Although it was quite chilly, we made the kids go in the backyard in their holiday get-up to have their photos taken. There were a few really cute ones. It's very easy to take Eva's picture, but Andrew always gives me silly faces, so there weren't as many keepers for him. Overall we're pleased with these and the cards have been ordered, and I plan to send them out this week.