Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day 349 - Gingerbread Girl Necklaces, Cute Plate, Party & Advent Stocking...

Today was such a great day. The girls were all in good moods and got along all day...whoo hoo!

Remember me telling you about the bottle cap necklaces the girls are making for their friends? Hillary Ashton finished up hers tonight. I LOVE how they turned cute! Great job, Hill! I LOVE that she was able to help make the gifts herself!


She chose the design she wanted for each friend and of course one for her...besties have to match, ya know! Haha! She chose a pink gingerbread girl for one friend, a white gingerbread girl for the other and the I heart gingerbread girls for herself because "she loves her gingerbread friends." Ha!

We used the same method to make these necklaces as we did the owl necklaces. If you are interested, you can read about those necklaces here.

We did make a few modification to these necklaces. I used superglue on the back of the designs, drilled an extra hole on the bottom of the necklace to hang a charm (it says "made with love")...

...and used "silkie necklaces" instead of ribbon.

You can buy the silkie necklaces at Hobby Lobby. They come in all different colors. These are so much easier (and faster) than doing the ribbon and jewelery fasteners.

These necklaces would make great stocking stuffers too!

Click here to read the how-to for bottle cap necklaces.

How cute is this plate?
Those sweet little penguins are made out of Sophie Le's fingerprints.
SO, SO, SO SWEET! She made it at MDO today :o)

Today Hillary Ashton's class had their "holiday party." Holiday...not Christmas. Boo! They have pushed "holiday" so much at her school that Hillary Ashton wrote "Happy Holidays" on several of the cards she made the other day.

I asked her why she was writing "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" and she said that that is what you are suppose to do. Ummmmm....No, Hillary Ashton, it is NOT what you are suppose to do.
{Side note...I totally missed the toothpaste on her jumper this morning...oops!}

I wrote the words, "Happy Holidays" and "Merry Christmas" on a piece of paper and asked her which phrase contained a word that gives us a reason to celebrate. She said, "Merry Christmas because it has Jesus' other name in it {Christ}." I told her she was right and that no matter what anyone told her, it is Merry CHRISTmas time...not just some ole' "Holiday." I guess I need to really pay close attention to what she learns and absorbs at public school.

When I got to her party, she was already having a ball. She thought it was SO FUNNY that she put red icing on her nose like Rudolph.
I have to admit, I looked around hoping she wasn't the only one with icing on her nose...of course, she was :o) Gotta love my free thinker!

Sophie Le LOVED the party. She said, "I can't wait to go to ***** (Hill's school)."

Their teacher gave them the cutest journal, Strawberry Cookbook (with measuring spoons) and Christmas book. Have I mentioned how great her teacher is? Well, she is :o)

We ate at Five Guys tonight for dinner and then Sophie Le and I ran a few errands. By the time we got home, Julianne was already in bed so she missed tonight's Advent Stocking :o(

Here is Sophie Le dancing on the hearth as Hillary Ashton read today's letter...

Their letter today told them to kiss Mommy and Daddy goodnight and climb in bed for today's surprise. I have never seen those two girls get in bed so fast! Haha! I had them close their eyes and count to three to see today's treat...CHRISTmas lights in their room!


Renee said...

LOVE the necklaces, plate, and lights!!! A HUGE DISLIKE for "happy holidays"! That's HORRIBLE!

Neil, Amy and The Girls said...

Thanks Renee!

Unknown said...

I just had to chime in and mention that my sister is a elementary school teacher (at a public school) and they are not allowed to teach the kids about Christmas, or Jesus, or anything dealing with Christmas. She would actually get fired. They have all kinds of 'holiday' parties, and talk about Santa and elves, and thats about it. I don't even know their explanation is, but yes, I believe it is a crime!

Unknown said...

So lovely!!! We would love for you to link this up at Fancy This Fridays!!

Laura said...

LOVE the necklaces! I will have to try that with the boys!

Jill and Andy said...

The necklaces are adorable!!! You are so crafty!! Layne Nhi's school also had a holiday party this month- that way it incoporates their diverse student body that celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and not just those that celebrate Christmas.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Kyla Armstrong said...

So cute! Thanks for linking up to TOO Cute Tuesday!

Jessica Johnston-Myers said...

I understand your point about the whole "Happy Holidays" thing, but in my case, many friends and some family are Jewish. Hannakah was just over last week. We send cards to those friends and family too, so our cards always say "Happy Holidays" as I'm not going to make two sets of cards. That said, when you receive a card that says happy holidays, know that it is not meant as a slap in the face of Christmas, but as a way to honor the beliefs of ALL of my friends and family.

Jenn said...

Oh my gosh those are adorable! Love them!
I agree, i had that everyone is changing it from "Christ"mas to Holidays.

Thank You for linking up to Craftify It Thursday! Hope to see you next week! :D


Unknown said...

Love these! Thanks for linking up to Truly Lovely! Hope to see you again soon!!!