We (meaning I) finally carved pumpkins this afternoon. I decided to set up right on the porch so that Hannah could sit and participate in the fun. I knew she wouldn’t actually be able to help much, but at the very least I thought my enthusiasm would be infectious. But this is Hannah participating:
She was totally icked out by the pumpkin innards (understandably). She was much more interested in my iPad and the Pinterest inspiration I was looking at. I even tried to put one of her movies on to keep her excited about hanging out, but it was too bright out there for her to see it. Eventually she just got up and went in the house to play, leaving me by myself! I thought I had years to go before that started happening.
I kept carving.
I had 3 pumpkins and a specific plan for them (3-tiered skeleton), but my third pumpkin had already rotted. Which was fine with me, because all of those pumpkin innards were making me itch after a while. So I went with another plan that involved using the power drill (thanks again, Pinterest!).
Hannah came back to the front door periodically, like she was genuinely surprised to find me still outside with the pumpkins. Clearly she’s too young to appreciate the joys of pumpkin carving.
I decided not to decorate inside this year because a certain 2.5′ tall gremlin is into everything. I can only imagine what horrors would await my stair mice or Halloween garlands and piggy banks. But, the outside of the house is ready.
I finally made the Martha Stewart hanging bats after buying all of the supplies a few years ago.
Love them! I had old white curtains in my fabric stash, no idea where they came from. But, they served me well here. I used pillow stuffing for the heads and tied them off with yarn. I tried to use clear thread for hanging first, but it kept snapping. I didn’t have any true monofilament in my stash. So I used black and white yarn. I hung everything over the porch using Adam’s Christmas light hooks, which snap onto the gutter. They come with a giant pole for hanging, so I didn’t even have to get on a ladder.
H checking out the pumpkins. We got one pumpkin on our outing last weekend, but earlier in the week my mom came down to accompany H and I to Battleview Orchards. We stocked up on cider and cookies…and pumpkins. Lots of pumpkins for the porch. Adam thought this might mean we didn’t have to go pumpkin picking, but clearly he hasn’t learned how this holiday works yet. The picked pumpkin is the real deal; the others are the show pumpkins.
The house looks great.
I’ve had big-time end-of-the-year blues this week. Hannah’s first Christmas was so amazing, such a perfect end to a wonderful holiday season. And then almost immediately I was left with this sadness that the most momentous year of our lives was coming to an end. I haven’t been able to get excited about any of my usual listmaking, organizing, new year projects that always pepper my winter breaks. I’ve just been cuddling and smooching the baby nonstop. And recovering from a cold and, of all things, a case of pinkeye that set in on Christmas Eve!!
We just put the baby to bed a little while ago, for the last time during the year she was born. And I burst into tears! Just feeling so sentimental, so sad to close the door on the most gratifying year of my life so far. Adam’s been reminding me of all the amazing things 2013 had to offer, and I get it. I really do. But I just needed a little cry, a little emotional outpouring, a little mourning for the year that we did this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this. I still have to post pictures of our visit to Santa, but that, too!! Such a year of memories, and I feel like we’re running out of all these firsts.
But I know that’s ridiculous, because there are so many great things ahead of us. So many more adventures to have and memories to make. And Hannah just gets more and more fun as the days go on! And once it was out of my system, I was finally able to look forward to 2013 and start wrapping up my year. Tomorrow, there will be resolutions. But for now, a look back.
My 2012 New Year’s Resolutions, let’s see how I did:
On January 1, 2012 I’m happy. Really, truly happy. And I have lots of reasons to stay that way for the foreseeable future, so don’t forget them. I think I did pretty well with this, and now that I’m getting over my holiday blues I’ll do this again in 2013. Remember to be grateful.So grateful! So many great people who love our baby, and our family, and have been there for us this year. Be as domestic as humanly possible (cooking, quilting, crafting) on the limited amount of sleep I’ll be getting.I kind of can’t believe everything I managed to do, check out the list below.
- Try to break my 2011 Books Read record of 202, but don’t go crazy if I can’t. In no universe did this happen. I read a total of 120 books this year, my worst record ever!
- Decide what kind of mom I want to be. I will always be doing this.
Show Hannah everything.Hannah was my buddy this year, she came with me everywhere and had quite a few adventures this year!
2012 in Craftiness! Here are all the things I’ve made this year, whew!
- Hannah Banner
- Go to Your Happy Place Quilt
- J’adore Stella Quilt
- Laminated Beach Quilt
- Super Mario Brothers Wedding Quilt
- Little Apples Quilt
- Hannah’s Halloween Quilt
- Hurricane Sandy Baby Quilts
- Ryann’s Quilt (this is finished and delivered, post isn’t up yet!)
Other Things I’ve Sewn
- Nursery Gumdrop
- LAM’s Mug Rugs
- Kathy’s Mug Rugs
- Craft Fair Coasters and Mug Rugs
- Hannah’s Advent Calendar
- July 4th Holiday Cookouts
- Hannah’s Project Life
- Back to School Bulletin Boards
- Halloween Bulletin Board
- Winter Bulletin Boards
- 2012 Holiday Party
- Freezer Chicken Parm
- Strawberry Jam
- Sweet Cherry Pie
- Spanish Chicken and Potato Roast
- Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake
- My First Tarte Tatin