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Christmas Chaos

People have been hounding me for pictures…and I couldn’t quite decide how to do them all.  We had several different “Christmases” with different parts of our family.  Some were pre-Asa, most were post-Asa.  But I decided it’d be easiest if I lumped all the Christmas pictures together, and then gave Asa some glory of his own.  There are plenty of pictures of him, I assure you!  🙂

So…what we have here: Christmas with my family, Christmas with Marshall’s family, Christmas Eve night, Christmas morning and Christmas Day.  I didn’t get as many pictures as I usually do because I was a little hindered both pre- and post-Asa…but I think there are still enough!  🙂

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Holiday Newsletter

2008 Christmas Card

Some people love holiday newsletters. Some people despise them. Some people wouldn’t dare write one for their family, but want to read about everyone else’sfamily. So…my solution to that this year is to send out Christmas cards(and e-cards) directing people here if they want to read all about our year.

2008 was a big year for us. Here’s what happened:

  • Tucker turned 3 last January, and finally got potty trained this year. I can’t believe that he’ll be FOUR in just a few weeks!!
  • We put our Augusta house on the market at the end of January. It didn’t sell until October, but at least it sold!
  • In April, we were able to take a family trip to Walt Disney World. It was, indeed, magical! I’m not sure who had more fun: me or the kids. The looks on their faces when they saw “cin-rel-as cassle” wer
  • e indescribable and perfect.
  • In May we found out that we’d definitely need a 4 bedroom house because of a new addition to our family, due January 3rd. Since we didn’t find out the sex of the baby, we’ve been affectionately calling him/her “#3A”.
  • Marshall completed his medical training(four years of medical school and 3 years of residency) on June 3oth. (HOOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • We moved in with my parents(in Haddock, GA) for the months of July, August, and September. It wasn’t nearly as cramped as you might think…and it was overall a good experience.
  • Marshall started his new job in a private pediatric practice in Milledgeville, GA in July. He is in practice with one other physician, and he loves it!
  • Emmie turned 2 in August. She may be only 2, but she has no trouble keeping up with Tucker. More often than not she’s telling him what to do!
  • The kids started their new “school” in September. It’s the same preschool where my brother went way back when. They both love their teachers. Ms. Pam and Ms. Wendy said that Emmie has just recently started to talk at school. I was a bit shocked by this because she’s quite a motor-mouth at home!
  • We finally moved into our new house(email me if you want the address because I’m not going to post it here!) at the end of September. Just because we’ve been here 2 1/2 months doesn’t mean I’ve taken care of all the boxes. I still have one whole room to go through!
  • November brought Thanksgiving, of course. We were enjoyed a visit from Marshall’s brother. And my family came to our new house for Thanksgiving dinner.

And now here we are in December. The house is decorated. The kids even have their own tiny tree in the hallway. We’ve watched a lot of the “old” Christmas movies with them. Things like “Rudolph” and “Frosty” and the original, animated “Grinch”. They are both really getting into it all this year. I was hoping that we’d get to go back to Augusta/Grovetown and see the awesome light display they have there, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. I spent a night in the hospital earlier this week for observation. This whole pregnancy has been hard-with nausea and vomiting and headaches. I’ve also had some blood pressure issues. I thought all was getting better until I was recently hit with a pretty horrific headache that won’t subside(hence the overnight observation). I’m now at home doing the bed-rest thing until further notice. If nothing changes between now and December 22nd, then we will go in for an induction that day. Hopefully that will allow us to meet Mr. or Ms. #3A that day, and still be home in time to enjoy Christmas with the “big kids”.

Keep checking back here at www.theiveyleague.com for updates and pictures! And feel free to visit us in Gray, as well! We love to have visitors!

Leave a comment or drop us an email…we’d love to hear from you all!

Love, Bridget, Marshall, Tucker and Emerson

Secret Craft Post

For Christmas, I’m making silhouettes of the kids for my mom and MIL.  I wasn’t sure I could do it, but it was actually much easier than I thought!  I’m going to show you the pictures of Tucker along the way, and I’ll show you both kids at the end.  (Emmie would not put on a shirt, so it’s kind of risque…)

Step One: Put your subject(kid, cat, dog, whatever) against a white or light background, and get a good profile picture.


Step Two(much easier if you have Photoshop): Go into Photoshop and use the “Magic Wand” tool to select and delete the background.  I turned mine black and white, so the lines would be more distinct.  Then you can print(on white cardstock for best results) the back-groundless picture and cut it out.  OR…go the old-fashioned route of printing out the picture at a store photo-lab and cutting out the shape.


Step Three:  Use the picture/shape you cut out as a template, and cut out the silhouette onto a piece of cardstock.  I used traditional solid black.  (Eyelashes are the hardest part…I suggest using little bitty manicure scissors.)  But you could do some really fun and funky stuff with all different kinds of crafting papers!

Step Four:  Mount it on a background(once again, I used traditional white).  Frame, and  you’re ready to give this keepsake!  (I obviously haven’t framed this, and there’s a little bit of a shadow, but you get the idea.)


Have fun making yours and good luck!

Cinnamon-Applesauce Ornaments

These are the easiest, most awesome-smelling homemade ornaments you’ll ever put on your tree!   I can’t take credit for the idea; we made some last year at our old church’s advent festival(where the kids come and make all kinds of Christmas and Advent crafts).  Anyway, when I pulled out all the ornaments to put on the tree, I was surprized to find that not only were the ornaments we’d made last year not broken, but they still smelled quite yummy.  The only problem with making these was that my kids wanted to eat them…

I don’t have pictures, but the instructions are super easy:
Take 1 cup of store-bought applesauce and add 1 cup of ground cinnamon(about one whole regular spice-sized container). You can also add a tablespoon of white craft glue if you want. (We did because I think it makes them last longer, but if you don’t have any on hand…don’t worry about it.) Once you have all of this mixed up, you’ll want to make sure you have it at a good “cookie dough” consistancy. I had to add cinnamon, so you may want to make sure you have an extra container of it. Once it’s “dough-y”, use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes. Then use a straw to make a hole at the top of the ornament, so you’ll have a place to tie on a pretty ribbon once it’s all dry.

I found that it was easiest to cut them out on paper plates and leave them there to air dry. Trying to move them while still “wet” was really hard to do.  But you can either let them air dry on the plates, OR you could transfer them to a baking sheet and bake them until they’re hard.

Really easy for you(with easy clean up, too!).  Fun for the kids.  Smells good for at least 2 years!  🙂  Looks cute for a long, long time…

Pictures, as promised.

Here are the pictures of the kids making the gingerbread house at my mom’s house. They both had fun, but Tucker was seriously into it. Emmie was more interested in the camera. Anyone surprized??

I also added a picture of our Christmas tree all decorated and lit up. The kids love to turn the lights on and look at it. I do, too, actually! 🙂

And…there’s a picture of our favorite activity ever at this house: reading. We read a lot around here, but bedtime books are the best! They’re reading the Christmas book “Ho! Ho! Ho! Tucker”, which a friend gave to Tucker a few years ago. It’s one of our most loved Christmas books!

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I love to shop!

Especially for Christmas.  I love buying gifts.  I love trying to figure out what to buy for each person, trying to find the best value, buying it at the store or having it brought to my door(Thanks, amazon.com!), wrapping it, and giving it.  I love the whole thing…

I think it may be hereditary.  My mom loves it, as did my Mama Jo(my dad’s mom).  She was the master shopper.  I promise that you never met someone who shopped like she did.  Once she got an idea in her head about what she wanted to give someone, there was NOTHING that could get in her way(and this was pre-internet days).  She would call 100 stores all over the world if that’s what it took.  She even had people at certain stores who knew her specifically; she’d call them and put them on the chase as well.  And, after a certain point, money wasn’t an issue.  For her, I think, it was all about the pursuit of happiness for her at this point.  She wasn’t happy until she had that oh-so-elusive item in hand.  I hate to admit that I’m the same way.  The harder it is for me to find a specific gift I have in mind, the more fun it is.

She was like that her whole life, or at least the part of it I was around to witness.  Towards the end, though, she wasn’t able to go like she wanted to.  She couldn’t drive to all the stores, walking was hard, her stamina was diminished.  So I got the lucky, lucky job of being her personal shopper!  Once I was old enough to drive, she’d get me to drive her “to town” and search for the elusive item.  And once I moved away to go to college, I don’t know if there could have been a more perfect scenario.  I had a credit card under her account.  She would call me and give me all the details of what I was looking for, and I was off.  Search the stores, search online, drive wherever the chase would lead me…all on her dime.  She was happy because she got what she wanted, and I was happy because I was doing something I loved to do and not spending a cent of my own money. 

And…I also got to wrap all of her gifts, too.  I’m telling you, folks, I love the whole thing from start to finish.  Wanna wrap this?  Heck yeah!  When I was younger, she taught both myself and my brother how to wrap gifts well.  We would hole up in her bedroom, pull all the gifts out, and wrap and wrap and wrap(she bought a lot).  Some of my favorite memories of my Mama Jo are from Christmas time…but it’s not the gifts I remember most(although there were some great gifts), it’s the buying and the wrapping and the time we spent together.  I miss that.

Allergy Alert

Our tree is up and the lights are now on it, but still no ornaments.  It’s kinda beautiful with just the white lights.  The only problem: I think I may be allergic to it.  I’ve sneezed and wheezed and blown my nose until it’s raw.  Tucker has, too.  So I’m hoping it’s something else in the air and not the tree…because I love live trees and I’d hate to have to give that up.

We had a great, lazy day today.  My mom and dad kept the kids again last night(have I mentioned how much I LOVE living close to them again???), and I was able to sleep late this morning AND read in bed.  What a treat!

After I got up and dressed, I went over to my parent’s house and we made a gingerbread house, which the kids thought was really cool.  I do have pictures, but I haven’t downloaded them off my camera yet.  I’ll try to do that tomorrow so that you all can see our work of art!

After that, we lounged around the rest of the afternoon.  We were even able to play outside for a while because a) it wasn’t cold and b) it wasn’t raining like it was supposed to be! 

Anyway, I’m off to end my day the perfect way: Snuggling with my sweeties while they finish watching the classic Rudolph movie.

O Christmas Tree

Since it’s supposed to be raining here the next three days, I talked everybody into going to the tree farm this afternoon.  Tucker found a tree of his own that he wanted, and Emmie helped us pick the big tree for the living room.  They’re both up and in water, but completely void of any decorations.  I hope that we can do that tomorrow!  I LOVE getting ready for Christmas!!  Anyway, here are the pictures from our tree farm trip.

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Cookie King and Queen

We have been busy little bees the last few days.  Keep an eye on the site for lots of pictures, because our frenzied flight will be going on a few more days. 

My friend Jennifer came over last night and helped us make Christmas cookies, and late last night Marshall’s brother Teddy came into town.   He had to leave this morning, though.  🙁  The kids love Uncle Teddy! (And we do, too!)  Then my parents and grandparents came over for lunch today.  Unfortunately, the only thing we have pictures of from all of that is the cookie making. 

This was the first time they’d ever done cookie cutouts(instead of the kind of cookies you roll in to balls), and we’ll probably never go back!  They LOVED it!!  Emmie especially loved “patting” the flour(read: making a mess). 

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Snowman Gift bags

With Christmas and a baby due at the same time, I’m trying to be as pre-prepared as possible.  I’ve purchased all my gifts, and wrapped about half of them.  I’m a big fan of the gift bag.  I like to wrap, but if I can put something in a bag with some tissue…why not?  But when I went to the store, I had a specific snowman gift bag in my mind(to match the little teacher gifts I’d already bought).  Oh, I could find a plethora of snowman gift bags…but nothing was just right.  Too big, too little, too lime green, too this, too that…and pink and blue for Christmas?  I guess they were maybe reaching out to those who celebrate a non-Santa-and-reindeer-yet-still-nothing-to-do-with-Jesus holiday, or (more likely) people who are just more stylish than myself.  (Oh…and what’s the deal with penguins?  When did they come onto the Christmas scene? But I digress…)

So I decided that it’d be fun to let the kids make gift bags for their teachers(and once I saw how cute and easy it was, we made a whole pack of 10!)  This is what the finished project looks like:


If you’d like to make some, here are the directions. 

Step One 
For starters you’ll need to gather your supplies:


-White gift bags(can be purchased in packs of 10 in most craft stores) 
-Some type of black fabric for the hat, 1 per bag(I had plain cotton fabric in my “scraps” box, but you could easily use felt)
-Black circles for the eyes, 2 per bag(I used “Foamies“, since my kids love them and they already have a sticky back, but you could also use felt or just paper)
-Orange “Foamies” paper(or regular paper or felt) cut into the shape of carrot noses, 1 per bag
-Buttons, 2 per bag(I used actual red buttons for most of them, but Em wanted some pink ones so we cut those out of “Foamies” paper, too)
-Strips of fleece in three different lengths, 1 of each length per bag
-Black paint or black pen
-Glue (and/or “glue dots” for putting on the buttons, if you’d prefer)

Step Two 
Cut out the hat shapes from black felt or fabric.  The size will depend on the size of your bag, so that part is up to you!


Step Three
Cut out the strips of fleece.  The shortest will need to be the same width as the small part of the hat.  The longest strips will need to be about 10-12 inches long.  The medium strips can be made by cutting the long strips in half(5-6 inches long).


Step Four 
Let the gluing begin! Glue on the hat.  Glue on the smallest felt/fleece strip.  Add eyes and a nose.


Step Five 
Mark the bag with little lines(one on each side, as seen below in the yellow circles), and cut the bag on those lines.


Step Six
Thread the longest piece of fleece through the holes in the bag, and then tie the medium piece on to the longest piece to make a cute knot in the scarf.


Step Seven
Add the buttons(with glue or craft dots if you’re using real buttons, or with foamie paper made to look like buttons).  Draw in the smile.  I used black puff paint dots to make it “pop” a little, but you could easily use a sharpie.


Add a little tissue paper, fluff it up, and you’ve got something you(and your kids) can enjoy and share with others!