December 19, 2012

12 Random Things: An Update of Sorts


I'm still savouring quiet days at home with our new sweet baby girl.  (well...as quiet as things get with six kids!) But I also miss this blog and am planning to begin blogging somewhat regularly again after Christmas.  In the meantime I thought I'd share an update in the form of twelve random facts, thoughts, and links.

1.  We're building a play kitchen for my 18 month old twins for Christmas.  It's coming along nicely and I'm taking a lot of in-progress pictures so I can blog about it after the holidays.   If I have enough time before Christmas day I am going to crochet some of these adorable little cupcakes to go along with it.  Who am I kidding, I'm not going to have time....

2. The other day a friend confessed on facebook that she had added a tablespoon of candy cane ice cream to her homemade cafe mocha and I pretty much drooled all over my laptop.  I haven't tried it yet, but mark my words, I will.  Oh my goodness I have the most brilliant friends ever.

3. For the first time in 7 years I wish we owned a television because I have heard so many good things about the show Duck Dynasty, I sorta-kinda-almost wish I could watch it.

4.  I need a nap. Or a Molly Maid.  But mostly a nap.

5. A friend hosted a gingerbread house party last weekend and our family took home the prize for best decorated house.  In all fairness, we were allowed to vote for our own gingerbread house and we came equipped with more little voters than any other family there so our win may not be quite as legitimate as I'd like to believe, but I'll take what I can get.

6. Hubby and I made a nativity block set for the kids using these instructions.   I am so happy with the way they turned out!



7. For the first time ever today I tried the old boil-some-orange-peels-and-cinnamon-sticks-on-the-stove trick to make my house smell festive and it worked so well that I can't believe I've never done this before.  The only draw back is that my house smells so scrumptious, hubby is going to come home and think I've baked some fabulous treat when in fact I have not.

8. Christmas cookies.   I've eaten a lot of them.   We've really fallen for this molasses cookie recipe, although we don't melt the butter and we make them in the stand mixer instead of a pot.  They are so good that we  made a batch to give away and accidentally ate them.

9. Watch this video without smiling a big happy goofy grin, I dare you.

10. The other day, at a social event, a friend offered to hold my baby so I could go pee.  Thank you kind soul.

11. I am loving our handmade Christmas.  Except for a couple trips into a craft store and a hardware store for handmade gift supplies, I have done absolutely no Christmas shopping, and it feels awesome.  We drive past the mall and laugh (um...lovingly....) at all the people looking for a parking spot.

12. We are so completely smitten with our new baby girl.  You'd think that by our sixth kid the whole "Wow, come look at her itsy-bitsy teensy-weensy toes!" would start to get old.  It doesn't.




Thanks so much for visiting The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking.  Merry Christmas!

31 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to your family too.
    God bless.

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  2. This whole post made me smile today!
    --Gena

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  3. Yay! You're back!! Enjoyed this post so much. As to #12, I only have four, but I know what you mean. If anything, my amazement only grows.

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  4. i have missed you. so good to hear you and new itty bitty are doing well and the siblings are good too.
    Merry Christmas and enjoy it all!!!

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  5. So glade to hear everything is going well for you. I made our kids a nativity block set this year to. They love it. Can't wait for more posts!

    Cassie
    Reno, NV

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  6. Aw! Tiny toes NEVER get old! Congratulations! -Christy @makingaspeciallife.wordpress.com

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  7. Glad to have an update. I like those nativity blocks.

    She is SO lovely!

    Enjoy your chillax Christmas!

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  8. She is so precious!!! Thank you for sharing this post. I have had such a rough day with sick little ones and a hubby out of town on business - it made me smile to see that my favorite blog had a new post. Thank you again! I look forward to your future posts but in the meantime enjoy Christmas and those little toes!

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  9. You can watch Duck Dynasty online at aetv.com/duckdynasty that's how my hubby watches it.

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  10. Yay!!! You're back!!! What a precious family you have!!! I enjoyed your post very much!!! When I read it, its like I'm almost there! lol...i know that sounds a little crazy... I have four little ones all under 5 so we stay bust too during the holidays. It makes me smile to see another family sharing the holiday similar to us. Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you & your beautiful family!

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  11. Duck Dynasty really isn't all that worth it, so don't worry about not being able to watch it! :) Also, I'm about to have my first baby, so I can't wait to play with his itsy-bitsy toes! One more month! I've never been so excited for Christmas to be over!
    - Chloe
    http://rainbowsandhoneysuckle.blogspot.com/

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  12. Yay, I love your updates and am so happy when you post! Also can we get an update on your dreads sometime soon?? :-)

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  13. How you still find the time to post, even if it is random things, it's something I find really amazing. Merry Christmas and all the best to you and your beautiful family, from a Portuguese reader.
    Ana Martins

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  14. Great post. I don't know if I should tell you this but we don't have cable so we watch Duck Dynasty on our computer through their website on A&E and we are totally addicted! Congratulations on your sweet addiion.

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  15. I've been thinking about you, wondering how you are managing all the Christmas hubbub with a new baby in the house! Thanks for updating us! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May God's richest blessings be yours!

    ~Mother Connie

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  16. I was so very excited to see an update on my favorite blog. Thank you for the pictures. I love the block nativity and picture of you precious little one. My husband and I are looking forward to one day starting a family. You give me so much encouragement just sharing about your life in your posts. Enjoy your little one and have a Merry Christmas.

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  17. So nice to see a post from you again - I've been missing them!
    Your little girl is so sweet - congratulations :) (and I can fully sympathize with the wonderful feeling when someone offers to hold the baby so you can go pee - been there!)

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  18. Yay! I've been checking back every day to see if you've had a spare moment to post again. Your baby is gorgeous! Can't wait to read about the play kitchen you're making. Merry Christmas!

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  19. All I can say is... you need to find a way to watch Duck Dynasty. That is if you like smiling and laughing hysterically. :)

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  20. Wellcome back! So happy to read from you.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Ieva

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  22. Im a new follower, and am enjoying looking around your blog.

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  23. I just found your blog when you announced this latest birth. I have been looking for when you would have time to update! Thank you for a refreshing look into your family and your choices in how to raise them in the world today. I am a gramie with almost grown grands. I wish for them what you are learning and passing on to others!

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  24. I like Duck Dynasty and we watch on Hulu. They only keep a couple episodes on there though.

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  25. I love reading your blog and I loved the year of less blog as well. I find myself longing for the love and simplicity that you embody. The intentional words, decisions and parenting are such a gift to read about. I was thinking that it would be lovely to sit at your kitchen table and have a cup of coffee with you. Thank you for allowing me a little window into your life.

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  26. To watch Duck Dynasty, try hulu.com or amazon.com

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  27. COngratulations! How lovely to see you all here. I've just posted a little bit about our attempts at a 'spend less' Christmas and have put a link to you here.

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  28. I love doing the easy holiday scent thing too, but I've yet to try it with orange peels. The one I use is cinnamon sticks and whole cloves, but I bet orange would add to that nicely.

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  29. Try tossing some whole cloves in with those orange peels and cinnamon sticks. Ahhhh...

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  30. Duck Dynasty rocks! Love that show :)

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  31. Greetings,

    New to this site and I am already in love...you seem like great people and I love your ideas-the wood block nativity is awesome! I too am a Duck Dynasty addict-good Christian people who aren't all churchy, if you know what I mean!

    Fiona

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