We have hosted family before but last weekend was our first extreme cousin fest. I have to admit I was anxious at first. A total of 9 kids in our little bungalow made my heart race, but once they were here it was awesome. Everyone fit right in! There was a dance party.
Some video game playing.
And a movie with twinkle lights.
It makes my heart dance to think of all the fun they had, and to remember those awesome moments of my childhood. I hope we can host again very soon!
Patrick unfortunately lost one of his college friends. So yesterday we drove to the showing. The trip should have taken 2.5 hours one way, but it took us four hours to get there because of the weather. Starting off it was just cold and wet, and no signs of the doom ahead.
The rain quickly turned to snow. The snow led to "are we there yet."
Heading home was much better. Patrick was disappointed that he battled the snow beast and it was gone by the time we got home.
This thanksgiving I made a spinach galette. It was yummy, but I think next year I will have to go back to the traditional green bean casserole. Need to remember to save back more beans from the garden next year.
The kitchen was in full swing. A busy and happy place to be cooking. Grandma looks like she is yelling in the bottom, but she totally wasn't and I love that oxymoron.
Littlest kids table. You know the family is big when you have a teen table, a kids table, and a littlest kids table.
And after dinner there was music.
And some super late night crafting, note it was almost eleven pm in this picture.
I find myself repeating, "Claire get out of the refrigerator!" I love her determination and her new found independence. I especially love her joy in whole carrots for a snack, but goodness the constant opening of the door will be my demise.
First paint a piece of watercolor paper and let it dry. Then oil it with vegetable oil, massage the oil in until you see the paper become transparent. Gather your supplies. This is a half sheet of 11"x15" paper.
Fold the corner over to get a 7.5" square.
Cut excess off.
Fold diagonally the other direction.
Fold in half length wise, and then again width wise.
Off set the corners, matching the length and width folds with diagonal folds.
Fold the corners down.
Cut the corners off, and now you an octagon.
Make sure you have 16 segments, you may need to half some of the larger segments if you do not have 16.
Fold up a section of four segments matching to the angles.
Open up and do the same to the other octagon points. Looks the same but you will see triangles in the center this time of the framed area.