Sunday, December 22, 2013

Advent - Gingerbread Houses

Repeat after me...the key is using a glue gun!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent - Make Your Own Pizza!

Christmas Trees and Candy Canes!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ernesto the Elf

Our elf on the shelf is named Ernesto. Normally, he doesn't do many troublesome things...yesterday, however was a different story.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Decorating Madness

The Embassy kiddos were invited to a Christmas Tree decorating party. It was an hour of sheer madness - markers, cookies and chaos...but hey, the tree got decorated and O got to hang out with his BFF.

O dressed himself in this old Christmas shirt, red shorts and shoes and the snowman necklace!
This is Nora one of his best friends.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Our Advent Calendar

So I was thinking that this year would be the perfect year to try an advent calendar with O. I looked online and thought about making one. Saw super cute ideas at etsy and thought about just ordering one but the one I fell in love with was over $100...ouch! Back to the drawing board and this is what we came up with. I used 12 activities and 12 little treats and filled the bags according to what's going on in that week - that way he opens them up in a certain order and I don't have to stress about trying to bake cookies on a work night. Know what I mean?
our advent list had to be modified from a bunch of ideas I found online. I love the pizza!

the old half of a drying rack that O and I found on a bike ride - we spray painted it a bright red and hung it on the wall!

This is the completed calendar. I stitched 24 little bags and trimmed them out. In hindsight, I wish I had made the bags a little bigger so things fit more easily but on the other hand the small size forced me to keep the trinkets small!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thinking about Entoto, Ethiopia

Just outside of the city of Addis Ababa is this pretty amazing church and old palace grounds in a place called Entoto. Entoto was the capital of Ethiopia under Emperor Menelik II. We took a drive up the Entoto road, past all sorts of donkey's and people hauling all sorts of things. The drive was beautiful and the old palace pretty amazing. For some reason I keep thinking about this place...the day we visited was beautiful - clear blue skies, crisp wind and quiet.

cow horn hangers - these were used to hang up meat

super short doorway

The roof of the palace veranda...amazing work

huge tree that was significant but I can't remember why...maybe it was planted when the palace was still in use?!