Thursday, December 27, 2012

hogwarts castle 2010

this lego set, hogwarts castle 4842, has been an ongoing want since earlier this year. i found it on kijiji for much less than in the store and the seller also threw in the freeing dobby set as well. my kids went apes bananas on christmas morning. that's the reaction we were hoping for. yay!

they understood that the set wouldn't be put together until christmas festivities were sort of over. well, yesterday on boxing day we had a free day, so brendan and i took turns putting the set together. 

5 and a half hours later it was finished.

this thing is going high up on a shelf. right now we have it on a little kids' table in our living room. miles has been playing with it a lot. ozzie, not so much. *shrug* 

here's what it looks like. it's super cool, lots of minifigs & really neat details from the books. 
check it out!























hope you all are enjoying some family time, eating lots of good food and putting your feet up. 
xo

Friday, December 21, 2012

holiday photo. the outtakes.

this photo shoot did not take long. but many photos were taken in hopes we'd get ONE good shot. this was not easy. we did manage to get one good one. but in the meantime, these are the many many outtakes. 





























happy holidays folks. hope you all enjoy some nice family time. 
xo

Friday, December 7, 2012

baking blitz.


this week we went to brendan's parents house (hi kathy! hi d'arcy!) to do a helluvalotta baking. yay! something fun for the kids to be do! christmas traditions! yay! as the day got closer and closer, the kids were so excited to go and "bake cookies! at gram and grandad's house!"

well, i was correct in thinking the boys would be interested for all of the first five minutes. of course! first thing they did when standing at the counter was ask for a bowl of chocolate chips. then they played lego. they ran around the house. they watched a christmas video. they sampled cookies. they drew pictures. they played more lego. they made forts. they argued. they wrestled. they argued some more. there was some whining. there was some crying.

but when it was time to roll and cut some christmas cookies - all hands were on deck. it was lots of fun and a lot of work. but we pulled it off and brought home many many tins of christmas-y treats. we are all set for this month.

thanks again, kathy and d'arcy. we had a great, tiring day full of yummy cookies and bars and grilled cheese and pizza! and both boys crashed as soon as we got home that night.

the christmas baking tradition continues!


taste test.


oh these two.
decorating with a little help from grandad and gram.





















very different decorating styles.