Thursday, January 23, 2014

christmas crafts

Since I got a little crafty over the holidays, I thought I would share the details with you all, in case you wanted to re-create them yourselves. 

Christmas card display:

I wanted to be able to see all the wonderful Christmas cards we get every year. Since most are flat cards, it is hard to lay them all out. And our fridge is not magnetic. So I did this instead.  I used a ribbon, a hole punch, and some tape. Hole punch the card, slide them all on, and tac up the ribbon to the ceiling. I used the tape to make the cards face forward. Otherwise they tend to turn sideways and you can't see everyone's smiling faces! Ta-Da!! This is still up in our house. I love it. And when I take it down, I will just put all the cards on a d-ring and box it up. That way all our Christmas cards are in one place!

Tutus for the girls:

Making these tutus was surprisingly quick and easy. Bonus: no sewing required! You will need scissors, ribbon, and tulle. A lot more tulle than I thought. 

1. Ribbon - measure the child's waist with the ribbon, mark the ribbon. Tie a knot at each mark. Make sure to leave an additional 12 inches of ribbon on each end for tying in into a bow and leaving a little room to grow. 

2. Tulle - I used spools of red glitter and white tulle. Each were about 6" wide. I used probably 20 yards of the white and 40 yards of the red glitter. Start by cutting the tulle into strips. Mine were about 22" long. I measured the first one and then did it by sight after that. It doesn't have to be perfect. I recommend cutting all the pieces of tulle first and then start tying them on.

3. Tying - Take a piece of the tulle, fold it in half width wise (because my pieces were so wide), then again length wise. Bring it around the ribbon and pull through to create a knot. This can be difficult to visualize.

Then pull the long end around the ribbon and through the tulle to create a knot. Done. 

4. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. I recommend not pushing the tulle next to each other too tightly. I did that and ended up using a lot of extra tulle. The upside: As Charlotte grows I can move the knots on the ribbon and loosen up the tulle so it lasts for a long time. 

This really didn't take me long to make, maybe a couple of hours total. I just sat at the table and watched some TV and worked on it.  And I probably spent about $25 or so to make both tutus. This was a little more costly because I bought the spools rather than having it cut from a bolt. Good luck!!

Monday, January 20, 2014

mistletoe magic

Ahhhh Christmas, my favorite time of the year. The lights, the tree, all the time with family. I typically set up for Christmas as early as possible (right after holiday at a time) and take it down when the tree looks like it might spontaneously burst into flames. And since this was our last Christmas in Monterey, I really tried to soak it all in. 

Charlotte meeting Santa Claus. We didn't get a picture of her smiling, but at least she didn't cry! 

Our family always does it up big on Christmas Eve. This year we headed over to Aunt Gail's house and enjoyed a yummy dinner and each others company while we opened presents. 

Blurry, but this is what it would be like to have three! As soon as I picked up Nathan, Charlotte got jealous and demanded to be held too. Uh oh. Someone is not ready to share Mommy! Don't worry Charlotte, there is no brother or sister in your immediate future. 

time for presents!!

I got all crafty and made these tutus for the girls. It was super easy to make, no sewing needed!! My only issue was not getting enough tulle and needing to go back to the fabric store a few times. haha. Hannah sure loved hers!
tutu twinsies

Charlotte got a doll from cousin Hannah!

cousin love!!

kisses from my girl

too cool in her new vest

And here we are at my Mom's house on Christmas morning. The whole Clute clan!
Christmas morning 2013
thanks Grandma and Grandpa Clute!
Sara's dog Shadow, the newest addition to the family

Harley playing in Charlotte's new tunnel

Then we were off to Rachel's to party it up and open and few more presents. Cheers!

snacking on some watermelon

Only at Rachel's house is there a random mannequin head for Charlotte to drag around. Creepy much??!

this picture is for you Peter!

present time!

family picture

And once we got home to Monterey we had another little Christmas for all the gifts we left behind. 

I did NOT ask for a potty for Christmas!!!

OK, I'm sitting on it......what now??

thanks Auntie Jen for Mommy's my book!!!
Enjoying the big gift from Santa..


And finally, a few of my favorite random pictures from December
sporting her sunglass before ripping them in two

too much fun with a pen!

the best part of Christmas.....the BOXES!!

ready for football

watching the sunset from Point Lobos

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

december getaways

And now time for a full recap of our two December trips. I was going to add in Christmas to this as well, but then I started selecting pictures, and it was getting a little out of hand so I will have to do that in a separate post. 

First up, Jessica's 30th birthday party weekend and my weekend away! Yep, another baby free three days! But this one was sans the hubby too (who stayed behind to take care of our little one). It was a quick trip that included a long drive, but totally worth it to see my bestie and a lot of really wonderful friends! We had a great time celebrating with drinks and lots of dancing. Ladies, we should do this more often....girls trip?! :)



welcome to the club Jessica!! 
the boys in the birthday crowns
haha love Jessica's face in this picture 
kisses for the birthday girl

After Matt finished up his finals, we took a trip to Lake Tahoe. We actually got to bundle up in our winter gear and had a wonderful time playing in the snow. It was Charlotte's first real experience with snow too! We stayed at the beautiful Sunnyside hotel, right on the lake. Dinners out, skiing, and time with family and friends. A good start to the winter break.

we made it! So beautiful!

view from Grandma and Rachel's room

Matt and I spent the first two days skiing while Charlotte spent some quality time with Grandma. We skied one day at Squaw and one at Northstar. Not nearly enough (or any) real snow, but it was still fun!

windy and cold at Squaw

beer stop

And we made sure to come back early so Charlotte got some playtime in the snow before it got dark. She really wasn't sure what to do with it. As soon as she touched it and realized how cold it was she started to cry. But she had a fun time walking around in her snow gear and plowing through the couple of fresh inches we got overnight. 

all bundled up and ready to go!

what is this??

look Dad...SNOW!!!

really, she just wanted to play in the water. Didn't care how cold the water was!
look Mom, water!

me and my girl


look at the mess I made!

our last morning, goodbye Tahoe!

come here Grandma!

Hopefully Tahoe gets a late winter and a lot of snow in the New Year so we can go back and do some more skiing! There is nothing better than fresh powder. Fingers crossed!