the conditions were perfect (& a winner!)

any flight of the conchord fans out there? business time anyone?  sorry, but s.t.u.p.i.d. (can’t say it, but i can spell it) humor gets me every time!

anyhoo… last saturday was gift wrapping day for our family.  i say the conditions were perfect because we wanted nothing to do with the blustery outdoors and staying cozy inside with the fire going was perfect.

and a quick side note, this is a small glimpse of our front yard. from the weed grass, to the gnarled old rose trees, to the rotting porch posts, it needs a ton of work, so it doesn’t get featured much around here.  i just try to pretend its not even there.  the dead plants on the porch don’t help too much for the welcoming effect.

ok, back to our regular scheduled programming.  we had nearly all of our shopping done and sean is our master wrapper.  while he was wrapping up all the bought gifts, the girls and i were wrapping their handmade gifts for friends and family.

they made yarn flower pins, yarn wrapped ornaments, paintings, snowflakes, and beaded necklaces – they spent the last few weeks crafting at every chance they could!

the tags were handwritten by each of them, really mostly by lily.  her handwriting is beautifully adorable in all its kindergarten-ness!

and the big ‘un can’t concentrate on a thing without that tongue out!

after a couple hours the boy woke up and we celebrated his nap with cookies and milk.

the day was made complete by pandora playing “rockin’ christmas” all day, accompanied by trader joe’s star cookies, candy cane joe-joe’s, and joy’s blondies (i die!).

and now, after a final trip to target, our shopping is complete!  i think i’ll celebrate with a blondie.  or a peanut butter ball.  or a candy cane joe-joe.


and the winner of the laurie gale designs $40 gift certificate is


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    Hahahaha!!! For a second there, I thought this post was going to take a definite turn toward the, er, bedroom, if you will. I was almost afraid to scroll down past that first picture :) Love the ‘chords, and “business time” is possibly their best tune. Tied with “the most beautiful girl in the room”.

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    I love your pics but Ive gotta tell you:Im loving your diningroom table. Does that baby seat 8(or more)?! Wheres it from?
    We’re heading out this morning(8am) to finish the last of our shopping and then the rest of the day will be spent doing what you pictured here:) Lucky girl,you’ve got me beat. Im excited to get to Target but praying Im not mauled by crowds of people.Im shuttering just thinking about it. Merry Christmas!

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    Brett and Jermaine are definitely loved in this household too!! I gotta say I am glad your post wasn’t about the song if you know what I mean!

    I love the flower pins your girls made!! Tell them good job from a stranger friend in Georgia :)

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    my hubby and i are definately “flight” fans! how dumb, but so funny!! i can’t believe you’re getting so much rain! what the heck?

    Your wrapping day looks super snuggly and cozy. i “made” my hubby listen to that ‘rocking christmas’ station while we wrapped to : )

    merry christmas!

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    Aren’t days like this just the best? Your kids are too cute! Love the “tongue sticking out in concentration” picture.

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    Lindsey, those yarn flowers are adorable! Could you post how you made them? Merry Christmas!


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    awsome! I like your wrapping ideas better than what we do! or should I say, what “I” do. Lock myself upstairs and wrap all by myself until by back and neck hurt…I’m going to try it your way next year!! your family is adorable! Merry Christmas!

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    Those yarn flower pins are awesome! I would love to know how they made them! They may be a great project to do with my class one day.

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    I even bought F of the C CD- but I can’t listen to it when the kids are around- so I don’t listen to it much. :)

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    I love Flight of the Conchords… business time gets me every time. Looks like so much fun at your house!

    Merry Christmas!


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    fun! i’ve never had the candy cane joe-joe’s. our trader joe’s is all the way on the other side of town and hubby thinks it’s weird there so we rarely go! haha

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    business time… hahaha. i love Flight of the Conchords!

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    Be sure you have some TJ’s Peppermint Jo-Jo’s & cream ice cream! It’s like peppermint cookies-n-cream ice cream- sooooo good!

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    “and that’s why they call them business socks…” LOVE Flight of the Conchords!

    you’re so lucky your husband wraps presents. also, I’m glad I’m not the only psycho who buys coordinating wrapping paper. nice job!

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    My husband and I saw them at the Hollywood Bowl this last May for an anniversary dinner. They are even more funny in person, which we didn’t think was possible. :)

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    business time is one of my favs! my hubby and i showed it to our pastor over dinner and it was the opening theme for our marriage retreat last year … he hee! they even gave out a “baggy t-shirt” and “buisness socks” and sent us back to our rooms … he heeeeeee!

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    business time is the best. that’s why they call them business socks!

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    I listen to the newest Flight of the Conchords CD on my way to work every morning to get me in a good mood. Love those guys! Sugalumps and Hurt Feelings have got to be my favorite. Business Time is definitely my hubby’s. Good call :)

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    A) Those yarn pins are too cute! Can share directions for them? I need some way to use all the extra yarn I have since I become obsessed with knitting


    B) Where do you get your wrapping paper? I have such a hard time finding stuff I really like and I really like your paper!

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    ok i just need to say how seriously adorable you and your family are! just came across your blog through twitter and now following you there and here! had a moment of peace with one baby sleeping and the other here nursing so i got a chance to snoop around your blog. love it!

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    I love the darling flower yarn pins. Are they hard to make?

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