Kyle’s sixth birthday party theme was Superheroes. We had a party for him at home for family, then a party at the clubhouse for the kids. All the kids showed up dressed as superheroes and there weregames, snacks, birthday cake, and of course, lots of presents.
Christmas Eve and Christmas day it was raining here, so all of our snow melted. We didn’t have to wait long, though. Last night it started snowing and didn’t stop until this evening. We ended up with at least 10 inches of beautiful, fluffy snow. One day late, but worth the wait.
On the day after Christmas, not quite sick of cookies yet, we made and decorated cutout cookies with the boys. Cookies, sticky icing, a dozen cans of sprinkles, what could possibly go wrong?
This year Katra and I wrapped our gifts for each other using Furoshiki, or the Japanese art of cloth gift wrapping. The fabric can be used over and over, and allows you to wrap in some pretty elaborate styles.
A beautiful example of Katra's wrapping
Another one Katra wrapped. For this one she sewed two sheets of fabric together back to back.
A small box I wrapped for Katra
Kyle woke up (at about 6:30 am) to find his stocking laying next to him, stuffed full of toys.
The first sighting of the huge pile of presents under the tree
Ian checking out his stocking
Dr. Kyle makes a house call
hmmmm...let me see....You need a band-aid.
Kyle flies the Bat-Copter
Ian! To the Bat-Cave!!
When I asked Katra to get a spoon for me, she was surprised to find this new silverware drawer divider I made for her. The wood is maple (to match the drawer box) with cherry inlay (to match our cabinet doors). The bottom is black velvet over foam board. If you look closely, you can see that the divider pieces (with the inlay) are not straight on the top – I made them with a gentle curve down towards the front of the drawer.
Close-up of the drawer divider.
Now, whenever Katra opens the silverware drawer, I hear a happy little giggle.
We made our annual trip to Lyon Farm for their Christmas celebration. We ate roasted chestnuts, saw a blacksmith working, and the boys did some crafts and saw Santa Claus.
Kyle saw Santa standing outside the general store from all the way across the yard, then ran full speed all the way there. Once inside he went right to Santa, sat on his lap and told him he wanted 'batman and a slinky' for Christmas.
Ian was a little afraid at first, but after Santa had convinced Katra to sit on his lap with Ian on hers, Ian sat on Santa's lap all by himself...
...and was rewarded with his first-ever candy cane. He liked it at first, but once he got to the more pepperminty center, decided it wasn't so great after all.
In the old schoolhouse, Kyle made a Christmas cracker (which was really just tissue paper over a toilet paper roll) and Ian made an ornament.
Kyle shows off his cracker outside the general store
Ian running to show me the ornament he made ALL BY HIMSELF!
The artiste proudly shows off his work
I photograph Kyle as he photographs his cracker (while watching me photograph him)
The blacksmith forging a hook
Kyle shows off the cookie he decorated in the train depot
A couple of hobos who snuck into the train caboose
Ian examines the water pump while Kyle (naturally) takes a picture
Is it Monday again already?
Kyle and Ian listen as The Night Before Christmas is read to them
Ready for a hayride!
Can I take it home? Pleeeeease?