December 9, 2012

Busy as Elves

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Things are busy, busy, busy . . . and the snow arrived Friday night to add an extra dash of holiday spirit. I rallied everyone out of the house with a trip to Dairy Queen for ice cream and a drive around the neighborhood to look at all the Christmas lights. We opened the front door and found a full-on blizzard outside. The short drive to Dairy Queen was quite an adventure — large drifts, cars cautiously navigating unplowed streets. At one point it was blizzarding sideways. Just a solid whiteout heading from West to East. I loved it.

All of the houses in our neighborhood are gussied up with lights and wreaths and some have those crazyhuge blow-up things — 10-foot tall Santa balloons and whathaveyou. It's fun to see all the different styles and tastes in lighting and decor.

After that little adventure we hunkered down for most of the weekend, only venturing out when necessary, although the girls did gather their friends for a lot of sledding and snow play. Being one who isn't too fond of the cold, I was waiting indoors (where it was cozy), prepared with hot chocolate when they came piling back inside.

The polymer clay snowmen I made are now standing in my Christmas village. I am pretty proud of how they turned out. They stand about 1-1/2 inches tall and have real twig arms from the spirea bush out front.

Kate got bit by the creativity bug today and got busy melting chocolate and crushing candy canes (results in marshmallow photo above). She hummed Christmas songs while she worked — sweet girl.

And Izzy? Well she just follows me all around the house asking "Now what are we doing?" "Where are we going now?" "Can I eat some of that too?" "Should we take a nap together?" Oh, that FACE.


  1. Ohhhh SNOW!!! And your snowmen are a fine fellows. And I am sending Izzy and you hugs:) Thanks for posting, Jenny! xx from Gracie

  2. Your snowman turned out beautifully! I love your Christmas scene! It's too warm here to get in the Christmas spirit much....but I'm trying! Your pictures are inspiring!

  3. Well, please, please give a snuggle, from me to Izzy.
    And those marshmallows... I thought: ah, for stirring the hot chocolate!
    Your real life winter wonderland looks so dreamy!

  4. Sounds like the perfect weekend to me!! Love your wee snowmen... the bowler hat is too cute. I love storms too and prefer indoors anymore. My Max is just as helpful when it comes to snacks and naps. :)

  5. Oh sure keep rubbing it in, you have a sweet doggie and I don't :) sigh...We went and looked for dogs the other day, all they had were hound dogs, I know the right one will come along. I love the snowmen, you're magic with the clay! I love to look at your snow, but kinda glad we only have rain. Wish you were close by so we could share a cup of cocoa :)

  6. Wow, you've had proper snow!! If we had that much snow in the UK the country would grind to a halt. People would speak of nothing else and not go out unless absolutely necessary. I love that you went out for ice cream in a blizzard!

    Your snow men are very cute, I love their twiggy arms. x


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