Our travels were filled with family and love, but with a few shadows and a bit of tragedy. Mom had a health scare the week we were there, which thankfully turned out to be a non issue (YES!) and Dad developed a muscle spasm in his shoulder that rendered him unable to complete his woodworking gifts and has made work, sleep, and his daily schedule almost impossible to maintain. And sadly, while we were in Wichita, Rowan's fish (Gilbert) died. Dec. 30 was a long, sad day for her. We buried him in the garden on the 31st, and she created this picture in his memory:
In my rush to get gifts wrapped, given, and sent, I didn't remember to take pictures of 2 of my 3 finished "Eternity Scarves." Here's the one I made for Raena, being modeling by Frosty...
She tells me its scrumptious and wonderful - yay! Rowan had her own bit of fun creating a gift for Raena and Abram's baby (and PS, it's going to be a boy!) Here's her custom-made bib design:
One of the Christmas traditions our family has is to make Lithuanian Grybai cookies. They are a bit labor intensive, but so yummy. This was the first year Rowan got on board to help! I made the dough, sectioned into hunks to make the stems and caps...
Here's Rowan, dipping the stems into frosting and inserting them into the caps...
And here's the final result - poppyseed sprinkled, iced "mushroom" cookies. YUM!
And now, it's time to start some January projects! I've got a few in mind, but Knit Wit was closed today when I stopped to get materials. In the meantime, I will continue to crank out some hats for charity.
I will leave you with a few of my favorite photos from Christmas Day - I managed to catch some great moments!
|Rowan sees what Santa brought...|
|Mini Felicity doll|
|Putting on the charm bracelet I made Rowan|
|Fascinated by her new coloring book|
|She LOVES her new horse!|
|Brynn sees her new piano|
|Our little Schroeder...|
|Watching Raena open the bib she made|