Thursday, 18 December 2014

Things He Says #710

10.45 hours, our friends' house, Marietta, GA.

He says, "Are we doing this now so that I don't have to do homework on the plane?"
I say, "Yep, that's right."
He says, "Sometimes, Momma, you have really good ideas ... sometimes!"

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

December Daily | 2014: 14th & 15th

Keep it simple.
That's the key.
The 14th: to friends for a huge gingerbread house decorating party.  I used a 5x5 with a flap page protector for a photo of The Boy Child with his house and a few notes.
 I placed some of the Christmas cards we sent out in the back of the page protector.
 The 15th: into town to keep The Boy Child occupied for most of the day.  Home to ironing, packing and an over-excited son.
This is probably the simplest entry so far, but it works for me.
December Daily.
My favourite project of the year.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

December Daily | 2014: 12th & 13th

Keep it simple.
That's the key.
The 12th: a short entry about sorting which presents to take away with us and which presents will be left (by Santa, obviously) for our return.
The 13th: another short note about Christmas cards.  I thought I was done.  I was wrong.  I dropped the cards we have received onto the living room carpet and took a photo.  The small card is one that The Boy Child received from the Good Friend.  A corner rounder and a bit of baker's twine and I was done.
 December Daily.
My favourite project of the year.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Me on Monday | Photo Heavy

It's been a:
online check-in,
heading into town,
 Paddington Bear hunting,

 eating our picnic lunch al fresco,
 travelling on the new Central Line trains
drinking tea and eating shortbread in Chelsea,
 posting that final Christmas card,
and home to the ironing and packing
kind of Monday.
This post is adapted from Sian's Me on Monday theme,
 which you can find on the

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Christmas Club

The lovely Sian at From High in the Sky blog invited bloggers to post stories from their Christmases Past.  She is running this theme each Sunday in December.
I didn't join in last week because I couldn't think of a single story of Christmas Past.
I know.
Pathetic, right?
This week, however, given that I've been to see Santa with The Boy Child, I knew I had a good memory.
In the early 1970s, we were fortunate to live in Hong Kong.  We were a military family and my brother, sister and I were the classic military brats. 
But we weren't Army.
Oh, no.
We were Royal Air Force.
And that meant instead of us going to Santa's Grotto to see Santa, he flew in by helicopter to see us.
Very cool.
And a ya-boo-sucks to the Army brats.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

It Takes Two

Taken by me.
With a boy who didn't want his photo taken.
 Taken by The Boy Child.
Two's company, three's a crowd, perhaps?

Friday, 12 December 2014

December Daily | 2014: 10th and 11th

Keep it simple.
That's the key.
10th: an entry about why we don't have a tree this year.
The tree ribbon, washi tape, felt tree and sequins are all from The Store of Utter Gorgeousness.  I simply stapled the ribbon into place.  The lower pocket I filled with sequins (taken from filled Christmas tags) and a tree topper (which was also stapled into place).  Washi tape sealed the pocket. 
11th: the afternoon we visited Santa and took friends with us.
When Santa asked the children if they had been good all year, the girls all replied "yes" and The Boy Child replied "mostly"!  Santa thanked him for his honesty.
I was so proud of him!
Here's to hoping for a few more years of Santa visiting.
December Daily.
My favourite project of the year.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

December Daily | 2014: 7th, 8th & 9th

Keep it simple.
That's the key.
The 7th: a fun entry for about the things family in Texas and friends in Georgia have asked us to bring them.
Goodness knows what US Customs will think if they open our cases.  
My sister-in-law sent The Boy Child a tree decoration with his name on, but as we are not putting the tree up this year, I've included it here.
 The 8th was all about the Lower School Nativity and whole school Carol Concert.  I was pretty chuffed to see how my photo of the Town Hall turned out.
On the 9th I shamelessly pinched an idea from Ali Edwards and included a food bag from Starbucks.  I didn't even have to buy any food because the bags were just sitting on the counter. 
 You know, just waiting to be taken home and scrapbooked.
I filled the bag with photos in various sizes of London's lights and window displays.  That sequined snowflake is from The Store of Utter Gorgeousness and is part of their Christmas gift wrap range.  I attached it to the bag using 3D foam pads.    
Some of the photos look like this:
 Window display at Fortnum and Mason
Decorations on St. Christopher's Place.
December Daily.
My favourite project of the year.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

December Daily | 2014: 5th & 6th

Keep it simple.
That's the key.
The 5th: the evening we went in search of Christmas lights.
I used a 5x5 page protector (Pink Paislee, I think) as in insert  and added a * in place of the letter e (because I've run out of the letter e).  Not sure I like how it looks. 
 The back of the insert has a spiel about the Paddington Bears we found. An 8x6 photo of The Boy Child rounds off the entry for the 5th. 
The 6th: A Christmas tree, a Concert and a party.
On the left is an 8x6 of our Norwegian friends with the tree in Trafalgar Square.  There's a 7x5 insert (Becky Higgins) showing the church where the Concert was held. 
On the reverse is that day's journalling and on the right is a photo from the Concert and our tickets and program.
On the reverse of the Concert page are a couple of photos from the party, namely me and my friend with her husband.
 I've since added the party invitation to the paperclip.
December Daily.
My favourite project of the year.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

One Photo | Twenty Words

You can keep your tacky tinsel 
and garishly themed ornaments. 
 Paper decorations in 
beautiful contrasting colours
 do it for me.

One Photo | Twenty Words is Abi's idea and you can see more here.