Merry Miscellany

The last few days have been a bit of a blur.

What, you too?

We don't usually stop at Starbucks for treats (believe me, I used to almost every day when I was addicted to their vanilla lattes) but we did scream by last week for a gift card and red cup for Annelise's teacher (no photo but I've been doing the same thing for the last couple of years, a Starbucks gift card tucked inside a Vera Bradley ID holder and wrapped up with chocolate inside one of their festive red cups and tied up with ribbon and a cute shipping tag).
So I let Annelise get hot chocolate, which was a fun treat.

Her spilling it in the car two minutes later however was not (thankfully it wasn't too big of a mess AND she still had plenty to drink).

Our animals are infatuated with our tree (well, Sadie, our dog could care less).
If you are looking for one of our cats, or our rabbit, you'll probably find them hanging out under the tree. I guess the tree brings out their repressed wild side?
It felt wonderful to finally mail out a little bit of merry last week.

Better late-ish than not at all!
I wish the mail box was one of those old fashioned ones so I could have opened it after dropping in each one like Sally Albright (name that movie).
Annelise's class party had a snowman theme so in a fit of long ignored craftiness last week I made some simple bag toppers for Snowman Soup (which looks suspiciously like the fixings for hot chocolate). It had been forever and a week since I had stamped anything, much less colored with my markers, so it was fun to blow off the dust and do something Stampin' Up-ish.

Speaking of Annelise's class party, it was last Friday and was a whirlwind of snowy fun.

I had offered to help with the games or craft which turned out I was in charge of them. I was a little nervous planning something since this was my first time to help with a party at her new school (meaning what were the expectations, are their parties usually OTT (over-the-top) or simple and fun).

I searched Pinterest and Google for snow-y games and finally settled on four or five Minute to Win It type games with mini-marshmallows. I also had holiday bingo and M&Ms as an emergency backup.

The kids enjoyed pizza and sweet treats first then it was game on.
First they played Snowman Stacker where they had to build as many three decker snowmen out of mini-marshmallows as they could in two minutes.
Next up they had to Shovel Snow by using a straw to suck up their marshmallows and transfer them to their cup. We did this one twice, two minutes the first time and then one minute the second.

They were so quiet and intently focused. Loved it!
Our time was a bit crunched so I decided on the fly to skip the Snowball Toss (taking turns tossing their marshmallows across to their partner's cup), plus I thought it might get too crazy. 

The last game was following directions to draw a snowman on a paper plate, but the catch was the paper plate was on top of their heads. What?

They thought this was hilarious! It was.
So I'd say their party was a hit. I'd also say that I was a sweaty heap (small room, lots of bodies, for the LOVE).

They had early release and Annelise was beside herself with glee to have been invited to a classmate's Christmas party that afternoon. There were about four other girls from her class and they had the best time making ornaments (an I Spy glass ornament filled with trinkets and glitter snow--for the LOVE-- and tulle puffs), decorating cookies, playing games (snowman wrap and reindeer antlers out of balloons and pantyhose--that was HILAR and just having fun together and being silly girls.

This was the first time Annelise was invited to something outside of school this year, so I was really happy for her. I think several friendships in her class had been pre-established so it's taken her a little while to find her niche. 
I love it when the house is still asleep and the tree is twinkling.
And who was out bright and early this morning to do a little shopping on Christmas Eve?

Was it me?
Because I'm just crazy that way.

(Actually it wasn't that crazy and I only had a few stops--but one of them was the mall.)


  1. The party looks like it was a blast! Merry Christmas, Holly!

  2. Sounds like success to me. You accomplished a lot in a short amount of time. All those games seem like they'd be fun to try in our Jr. High group. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hi Holly! I can name that movie. :-) "Sally and Saint Ann" is one of my faves! It looks like Annelise and her classmates had a blast at their Holiday party. Wishing you and your family a blessed Holiday season and New Year. Take care, Carla from California

  4. Cute snowman soup idea.

    I used to have a Starbucks addition as well and then I bought a Nespresso. I make my own at home now!


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