I love this time of year.
My husband is finished work and is home. He works by contract in the film industry and it ends up being seasonal (warm weather) work most of the time. No one likes to shoot movies in the snow! Our boys are at school. So, we have time to prepare for the holidays and enjoy time alone together. The boys get more and more excited about Christmas, and yesterday was special because it was the first day they could open a ‘window’ on their advent calendars!
They give us their wish lists and call us down to the playroom to show us the latest greatest commercial for the BEST EVER toy they just would love to have!! O.k, sometimes this is annoying, but most of the time I find it kind of cute.
As each day of December goes by, I will wish more and more that they could be finished school already so we could start the fun! Their excitement is palpable.
We will bake together. We will decorate a gingerbread house and cookies. We will put up the Christmas tree and drink apple cider, and sing Christmas carols. We will make Christmas crafts and homemade gifts. We will wrap presents together and giggle about shooing Dad out of the room so we can wrap his.
We will count the days together.
My youngest told me yesterday what his #1 gift was on his list. Then I asked him what if Santa doesn’t bring that one? What did he want as his second best gift on his list? He said, and I quote: “I really only want that gift. It’s o.k Mom” he said, smiling sweetly, “If I don’t get that, then I will have my loving family with me and that will be my second best gift! ” I tried not to laugh. Second best, huh? Really. He meant it in the best possible way of course!
I’ve used my ‘Young Deer with ornament” image and colored him with copics. The layout I used is from the Sketch challenge on SCS. I embellished it with a crinkled ribbon and added a punched oval sentiment . The dp is Kaiser Craft ‘dear santa’ and bazzil card stock.
This image and others hand drawn and digitized by me :), are available at A Creative Need and Squigglefly.
I am entering these challenges:
Color Create: red ,white, green
Forever Friends: animal
Simon Says Stamp: anything goes
The Paper Variety: show us your ornaments: deer is carrying an ornament