Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Christmas 2013!!!

I love Christmas for all of its tradition... I love how our girls let us know by now the things and traditions that "happen next..." It's the little things... decorating a gingerbread house.. poking little cloves into oranges so that the house "smells like Christmas..." 




the Swedish Tomten comes to our house each year... delivering our Christmas packages all the way from Sweden... He carries an old lantern that is from Pappa's great grandfather back home... Tomten comes in with his big burlap Columbian coffee bag :-) full of little presents with ribbons tightly wrapped... 



Christmas eve is all about Pappa making traditional Christmas food for our "Julbord!" Our family comes together trying all sorts of new and exciting things... This year Bibi is from Norway and she brought a traditional Lamb dish... Pinnekjott (hope I spelled that right?) but it was amazing and so fun to try! 




girls kissing their little Fizby goodnight and goodbye until next Christmas season...


Christmas morning is one of my favorite times... the relief... the excitement... the happy children... makes it all so beautiful!!! 









Uma & Umpa got the girls new bicycles!!! yippiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!! so fun!



Cecilia turns 5!!!!!





Our little Cecilia Noelle turned 5 in December!!!!! How can that be!?? It does seem right... but really I like to just hold on to each day as they each slip through our fingers... it's hard to grasp it all...
but 5... I watched her sleeping her last night being 4... smiling... snoring... dreaming... She makes us so happy with her silliness and happy spirit! I love how she looks at me smiles and says, "Mamma, I love you, you make me so happy..."  m-e-l-t... she's amazing and fills us to the rim! Happy Birthday Bunny!






Breakfast in bed... I love this tradition... so do our girls...



 so we had a Pixie Party!!! I loooove love love doing these sweet special parties for our girls! It makes me so happy! I love collecting things over 8 years... little scraps of fabric, paper, glitter, pompoms... I love putting it all together in my head the weeks before... sitting at night sprinkling glittler over old pieces of cedar... painting little hearts on papers... finding ideas on Pinterest to inspire me... Our backyard is very eclectic one may say... so tying little ribbons to orange tree leaves and sprinkling little fairy stones every which way just seems so right... I love the character our whimsical backyard has... I put my whole heart into this garden... into these parties... it's one of my favorite things... now our girls are old enough and love to help set up as well... filling little bottles with tiny butterfly flowers... setting little details that make you smile because now I see that they put their whole hearts into these types of special days too... 




Isabelle's party when she turned 5 was a fairy pixie party as well... so I saved a lot of things... knowing ... that every little girl needs to have a Pixie Party! so again... years later... here we are again...
I loved filling these tiny glass bottles with glitter! the kids took home these pixie dust necklaces! I got the tiny jars here on etsy... 
the above little fairies were just made from little clothespins you can find at Michaels... the wool for their hair and clothes was from a big bag from Germany that I have used and saved and felted with for 8 years now! I'm sure you can find it on Etsy though! the mushrooms are paper mache!




the fairy above I got from one of my favorite online shops... Nova Natural Toys! such beautiful things!  
the sweet fairy below that is missing her wing... still likes to ride on her horse... we got that years ago from the girl's preschool teacher, Mr. Todd!




just something I printed and framed...
and no fairy party would be complete without some pixie dust... there was glitter everywhere...  




I had little set ups around our garden for children to make Fairy Houses with... little teepee style houses... I sewed the little flags below from some scraps of fabric... so simple! 


and my mother over here... made this amazing Fairy Mushroom House!!! isn't that the sweetest thing ever!!!  










the classic famous Nutella cake that my husband makes and that the girls are totally addicted to!!! soooo delicious! with a banana vanilla bean custard filling! ammmaaaazing!!!!