Hey friends! I hope you're having a wonderful Holiday, celebrating with family and friends. We had our big family Christmas with my family on Christmas Eve, but will have Christmas with our kids here this Saturday. With everyone having different work hours, Saturday is what works this year. Jarad, Kate and Wes were with us all on Christmas Eve, but Amy had to work :( , so I'm looking forward to having them all here this weekend.
I have lots of photos to share here today but first I wanted to share some of these cookie cutter ornaments I made, so that if you're interested you can pick us the supplies during the after Christmas sales. I have done a number of these over the years in all different shapes of cookie cutters. You can see the others in this post HERE
You can find these cookie cutters separately, but by far, the best deal is buying them in a large mixed container. I have seen them at Hobby Lobby and at Walmart. Trust me, once you start making them, you can't stop lol, so you'll just want to by the variety container.
After you have your cookie cutters, all you need is your glue gun, paper or washi tape, little Christmas do dads and your creativity. I had a lot of little things in my Christmas craft bin that worked well, but you can also find all kinds of Christmas minis at Hobby Lobby. Usually in a package with a number of them in it, and they are quite inexpensive.
I just have these stars sitting in my kitchen window on this cold blustery day for a little cheer, but they look great on the tree.
If you use a cool temp glue gun, this could be a great craft for the kids also. They would make fun teacher gifts :)
I have to also share with you, the newest additions to my little vintage figurines. My sweet friend Jane, sent me the adorable snow man in the lower left corner, and my niece Neely gave me the little boy and girl in the middle of the second shelf. I LOVE their sweet faces! They are so perfect on the self with the others.
The other things I've had a while but they each have their own story and are special to me. The wooden church was my moms. It plays Amazing Grace, and the cross turns. We had given it to my mom when the boys were little.
The vintage Police car is because our oldest Weston, is a police officer. The little vintage Fire truck is because our youngest, Jarad, is a volunteer Fire Fighter and EMT. (that's him as a baby in the photo).
The little caroling boy in the bottom right corner belonged to my brother in laws mother , whom our family adored. Each of the others I've found along the way over the years, and each are special to me.
I have a number of others, here and there around the house, well, just because I love them.
For those of you who have been following my blog for some time now, know that Christmas Eve is the Dunn family Christmas. There is a lot of us, so once we outgrew mom and dads house years ago, we decided we still wanted to be together on Christmas Eve, so it was time to think about renting a place. There usually ends up being 30 to 40 of us. It's a big, crazy, fun filled evening together ... and we leave with our hearts ( and tummy's) full!
The first year that we rented a place and weren't at mom and dads was hard, but we quickly realized that being together was what mattered.
I plan games and everyone is a good sport about playing for the most part, although I think it makes them nervous at times, not knowing what they are in for. lol
We do "Decorate a Grandpa" every year because it's fun for the kids. This year I switched it up and we did "Decorate a Grandma". The kids get a bag with streamers, bows, ect, and they get to decorate the Grandparent like they would a tree. You can make a contest out of it if you you like, but since we had some small children, we just let them decorate and have fun.
Tennessee was here all the way from California. He had fun decorating his Grandma ( my sis Jan).
Diana's Grandkids are in AZ but ... no worries because the other kids are more than willing to help out with decorating her also. No Grandma will be left out lol
Which comes to me. I'm not "legit" a Grandma yet, but I got to be this year, because Lyla and Henry and their parents joined us for Christmas Eve. They stopped by to say hi on their way to church and we talked them into coming back after church service. It was wonderful!
Shave Santa (or an elf in this case I guess). Two teams and it's played like a relay. You will need.... Shaving cream, Popsicle sticks for shaving, a trash bag to over the person being shaved, and a plastic table cloth to set the chairs on. ( oh, and numerous wash cloths are a good idea).
The kids thought this was so fun!
We played a couple of other games also, but since I'm running the games, I don't get much of a chance to take photos. Keeping this group on task is a chore, trust me. lol
I will do better with that next year. Most of these photos I had to snag from others. lol
Everyone gets in on the fun, one way or another. ( above is my niece Lyndsay and my nephew Sean)
Below is our son Wes. Yes, he gets his serious side from me. lol
After the kids open their gift and are playing with them, the adults do a white elephant gift exchange. It's a hoot!
I think it's fair to say that a good time was had by all.
I night of hugs and kisses and Christmas wishes.
And before you know it, it's late and the wee ones need to go to bed so Santa can come. Tennessee has his Jams on and will probably be asleep in his car seat before they get to the edge of town.
Heading back to his Grandma and Grandpas house in Lincoln. We were to blessed to have them here from LA to have Christmas with us.
Oh.. and Dad would nudge mom and say "Look what we started Mother". ( something my dad would say often over the years... at the height of the craziness) lol
Miss them like crazy
Wishing you all an amazing new year!