Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Stitchmas

Just a couple of things I couldn't share before the 25th :) I had bigger stitching plans this year but a certain little belly got in the way and changed some plans for certain gifts. However, these did make the final cut

Peter's Stocking by Shepherd's Bush for my brother Steven

And this little LK :)

We attempted to take a serious family picture on ther 24th, especially where it marked Baby C's 24th week but this is what happened ;)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wishing You A Very Merry Christmas

Hooray, I successfully escaped Chateau Chaos Saturday morning and trucked it up to my parents house for the holidays. I left my beloved DH home to finish filling, sanding and painting the mouldings as it does nothing for my respiratory system. I loaded him up on food at my branch's Christmas party the night before and had him well socialized with a game of Rock Band that went until after 1 in the morning. Originally we had planned on having people come to us ofer the holidays but with the finishing lingering and this pregnancy not always agreeing with me, I sought solice in my old home :)
Needless to say it's been great. I finally got around to getting my cards done. It's amazing how much pressure we put ourselves under to get everything done. I'd facebook'd one of my Ottawa friends to find out her address and I got the 'are you crazy? you don't need anymore stress', true! But then again she's a bit more understanding with a 6'ish month old at home ;) I got to help out at a leisurely pace instead of the Martha Stewart mode that no matter how crappy I feel or how immobile I've become in the last month would surely have felt compelled to be, regardless of what others expected of me. I finished off one last stitched gift and actually had some time to make something for me! Omigosh! So here's my latest Mill Hill ornament:

Tomorrow Matt is supposed to join us for a couple of days and then it's back to Freddy and some decluttering.

Merry Christmas One and All :)


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Christmas Bells Are Ringing

Today after a relatively uneventful trip to the OB\GYN I got to attend Alex's Christmas concert, his class and choir sang beautifully :) What a crazy day though, apts, concerts, meeting people and now getting someone's supper on the table at precisely 6:30 so he can sand Alex's window mouldings...C'est la vie.

Garden Creek Harmony and Boy's Choirs

Monday, December 07, 2009

Pain in the Butt

Oye, I thought being sick was bad enough but apparently my daughter and I disagree. I've been hobbling around most of the day with symptoms very similar to sciatica, which apparently in my case is more than likely PGP. Great! Just what I needed at least I have an appointment with my dr tomorrow to discuss if there are any sort of exercises that could help. Well at least the decorating is done so I can take it a bit easier.

Other than that I've been sneaking a little stitching on the side, nothing I can show at the moment unfortunately as it's personalized :) Oh well a couple of weeks should be worth the wait :)

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Greetings from Chateau Chaos

For some people the Christmas season means decorations, baking, shopping, gift exchanging...then there's my husband. Christmas to him seems to involve renovating! Which makes the task of decorating, baking, wrapping and the list could go on and on, very difficult.

Last year we needed to redo the children's floors after a bout of Norwalk turned Alex's white carpet into one with an unbleachable stain dead center. This year? New Windows! I love them! The original ones on the house were wood, with thin mouldings that weren't always mitred properly, cracking, mildewed and sucking energy. Although it has come at a price, absolute chaos. It's not just clearing out one room it's cleaning and minimalizing every room! Plus my box of exterior lights was used as a stand for the moulding painting that took up our entire storage room! It wasn't safe to put my precious decorations out until they were done. Even with all of our precautions, there was one casualty...our 46 inch plasma. We moved it far away from the window and covered it but apparently one of the workers tripped on his equipment with a board in hand. One very expensive reason to always double check that your contractor has insurance! Although goodness only knows how we love dealing with that profession. It is supposed to be resolved by Monday.

This picture doesn't do justice to how truly annoying it is, sigh.

But on the brighter side here's a glimpse of what Alex's room used to look like pre reno

Alex's room Circa 2006 - dingy chaos

With new larger (building code req) window, new heater, new floor, decluttered, fresh coat of paint and just missing those last two pieced of mouldings :)

Replaced closet door, door and thermostat as well

Now to just find window coverings! So now I'm desperately trying to get caught up on Christmas stuff and get back into that stitching groove I had not so long ago :)