Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Crafty Girl...

So our 8 year old, Aidan, who is  smart-as-a-whip, and mostly loses her, uh, composure during unstructured breaks from school (we often joke about the scene from The Simpsons where Lisa is out of school and having a breakdown, frantically crying, "Grade me! Grade me!"), has found something to keep herself occupied over Christmas... She's taken up sewing!

On Sunday we celebrated Christmas with our dear friends Michael and Laura. Knowing that Santa is most likely going to be bringing Aidan a sewing matching for Christmas, they got her started by giving her some "learn to sew" books. Aidan hasn't put them down since. Well, except to pick up her needle and thread. The girl is beside herself with pride over these little creations:

Echo the Bear:

Poochie Pup:


And a work in progress (this one is a Christmas gift for Foxy!):

(excuse the unbrushed hair; it is Christmas break after all)

She's made about six more since then but I'm not able to upload pictures because at some point when she and I were sharing a workspace on the table, the cord that connects my camera to my laptop got snipped by a pair of wayward scissors. Ahem. (Okay, I could stop here and lead you all to believe it was the eight year old who accidentally snipped the cord, but truth be told, it was me).

So as far as this break goes, so far so good (you should congratulate me for resisting the punny urge to change one of those "so"s to "sew")! As for me, I spent a few frantic days over the weekend finishing up last minute custom Christmas gift orders and now I've had a 4 day break. I'm itching to get back in there, but for now I'm enjoying some truly quality time with my family.

PS. Buffalo Lucy now has its own Facebook page! Check out the link in the side bar on the right... (then click "like" to become a fan and get shop-related status-updates).

Monday, December 20, 2010

And Winter Break Begins...

After an absolutely fabulous weekend full of friends and family and food and cocktails, today marked the first official day of winter break. The girls are out of school and Foxy and I are taking two weeks off (although the foxy one had to work today, darn it!).

Aidan, Alice and I spent the morning lounging about in our pajamas and then we took advantage of the warmish weather this afternoon and went for a walk to the playground.

Here's what joy looks like:


And exhausted elation:

I'm sad there's no pre-Christmas snow, but I think we're making the most of it...  :)