Repeat after me...the key is using a glue gun!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
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
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?
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!
|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!|
Monday, December 2, 2013
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?!|