||[Jan. 30th, 2011|06:08 pm]
It is nearly February (!), so I think I'd better post about Christmas.|
There are a few really fun activities that Blake and I did together that really made the holiday nice for me, and I hope for him too.
We make little pine cone bird feeders by smearing peanut butter on pine cones, then rolling them in birdseed. We hung them by lengths of yellow yarn around our back yard. I think the squirrels got more use out of them than the birds, but Blake finds squirrels delightful, so I didn't mind.
Blake got his very own pair of "zizzors" from the dollar store, and we attempted to cut snowflakes. He is still a bit young for scissors and wasn't having much success (well, all those layers folded over each other is pretty tricky), so I just quickly cut them, then handed them to him to unfold and discover how they turned out. He LOVED it! We hung them with tape from the window, and they are still up. Some of them turned out so beautifully, if I say so myself. Great use of scrap paper, too!
Then I involved Blake in wrapping presents, by setting him up at the dining room table with a roll of brown paper, winter-y rubber stamps, and a tin of crayons. He scribbled on the paper with whole fistfuls of crayons at once, making beautiful, rainbow-y swirls all over, then sprinkled little snowman, Santa, and snowflake stampings everywhere. It was honestly quite gorgeous! When he'd finish a good chunk of paper, I'd cut it to size for wrapping a present on the card table close by. We finished the packages off by tying them with red and white swirled baker's twine. The packages looked so pretty, and Blake was so proud of them that he took all of the packages that we used our own paper on out from under the tree, and put them in the back of his giant dump truck, which he pushed up next to the Christmas tree and left there till the good day itself.
We also make several batches of gingerbread cookies over the course of the season. Blake is such a good helper in the kitchen. He loves to "stir, stir, stir", which means watch the kitchen aid swirl the ingredients that he helped pour in all together. We have such a large and lovely collection of vintage cookie cutters at this point, that we were able to make an entire batch of cookies with hardly ANY repeated cookie shapes! Isn't that fun? We didn't decorate the cookies, since the shapes were so pretty on their own, and the cookies so yummy without frosting.
In all, it was a really nice holiday season and I enjoyed the time I spent with the extended family very much. But my favorite parts were these little quite, simple activities at home.