Merry Christmas

1. wrapping presents in front of my oblivious girl 2. chirstmas eve dresses 3. little sister watching big sister 4. lil's first rc car experience 5. the reason for the season 6.&7. opening presents 8. pretty tree 9. tinsel

Merry Christmas Friends! We had a very low key couple of days and squeezed every bit of relaxation and joy out of Ben's time off. I hope you had a wonderful holiday too!

Felt Food

After Amy taught me how to make felt donuts I have become a little obsessed with making stuff out of felt. So when a friend invited us to her son's birthday party I knew what we were giving him. He is a chef in the making so I decided to stick to food and made him an assortment of breakfast foods. Toaster pastries, cinnamon rolls, an orange slice and a fried egg. So easy. So much fun.

And since I'm not going to attempt any sort of diy or tutorial here are some links to help you get or make some cute felt food for yourself!

Little Picklepotamus has felt food including this breakfast set that is ready to ship!

Sweet Emma Jean has a ton of felt food patterns and tutorials ready to go if you want to DIY.

Felt is definitely my current favorite craft medium. What's yours?

Winter Beach Days

Last weekend we went to a birthday party in Daytona Beach. "Winter" at the beach is a magical thing. The weather was beautiful and the beach was nearly empty. This is the best time of the year to be in Florida. Despite my complaints about the summer heat I really do love living here. Being near the ocean stirs something deep in my soul. Do you have a place that stirs you?

ps- that last picture is how Rosie felt about almost being left out of this post.

Stress Dreams

Yesterday Lilly told that there was an incident at school where she didn't get to color while everyone else did. Apparently a boy took her seat. (The nerve!)  I know better then to believe that this was as big of a deal as she made it out to be because she is three and doesn't share all sides of the story. (although my momma bear instinct did flare up a bit)

That night while I was sitting in the girls room feeding Rosie and Lilly shouted in her sleep, "I want to color!" It's those kind of moments that make me realize how big she is. Having stress related dreams is to grown up for her if you ask me. But I can't protect her from everything- and crayon related stress isn't too bad. Sometimes, as a momma, I forget that my end goal is to raise happy, successful and well adjusted adults. Not an adult sized child. It is better to allow stress into her life so I can teach her how to handle it then to keep her stress free. And it's better to teach her to be in control of her own circumstances (Next time just grab your own chair and color! Don't wait for someone else to make room for you!)  then for me to get in a fight with this neanderthal boy's mother, right?

or should we go get our pitchforks?